|Red Admiral Butterfly (035 - 2012)|
There were also herds of little white butterflies that didn't, from what I could see, have the black spot that marks a Cabbage White. But not one of them would land for more than half a second. Not one. So maybe if I go back out there next month I'll have better luck with those.
|Wild Geranium (036 - 2012)|
I love the clarity of this shot. The clear dark veins in the petals, the anthers that are bright yellow with pollen.
|Great Black Wasp (037 - 2012)|
The bees and wasps are slowly making their way out. This Great Black Wasp was hanging out near the Red Admiral Butterflies
I need to start working on using a fill flash when I'm outside just to let the camera move a little faster. This could have bee a really cool shot if the ISO were lower and the shutter was a bit faster. You can see the hairs on the wasp's feet, but where his wings were moving a bit and his antennae were clearly moving, there's too much blur.
I would have loved to have been able to use a narrower aperture to get this guy, because clearly there's too much light here and there's still blur, which means the shutter was open too long to be done well hand-held.
The heron was itching and moving and ducking around to stretch as I was watching. Here you can see the length of his neck, even if it is all folded up under his head.
|Great Blue Heron (038 - 2012)|
Here you can see him scratching an itch on his head. It made his white crown pop up.
On a photography note, you can really tell the difference between the shooting modes I was using. In the first two I was on 'action' mode and let the camera make the decisions for me. It chose f5.6 at 1/200th of a second. It also clearly changed the setting of the white balance and it upped the ISO to 200.
On this one, you can see that it looks much greener. This was done on Av (aperture priority mode, meaning I set the ISO, the white balance and the f-stop, the camera chose the shutter speed). I had it on ISO 100, the white balance was set for a cloudy day and the f-stop was 5.6 here also. The shutter speed was a much slower 1/50th. You can clearly see what the difference is between the two white-balance settings. The first one has a lot more blue and this one is a lot more yellow. Honestly, I think the true light values were somewhere in between.
Okay, one more post on this walk then I need to double back around and do the North Pond walk that I actually did between the last Magic Hedge trip and this trip.
Total Identified Species Sited for the Year: 38
Total Unidentified Species Sited for the Year: 1
Total New Species: 20
Red Admiral Butterfly
Great Black Wasp
Great Blue Heron