Tag Archive: insects

Beetle on Moonrise Maple

I am gifted with glorious friends. For my birthday, not long after I moved into my new home, David & Lynn offered me a tree for my yard. And nearly a year later, I finally got around to redeeming that splendid present. This shows the lovely leaves of my Moonrise Japanese maple. It’s a sapling…

Summer’s Flower

The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet, Though to itself it only live and die…” —William Shakespeare, Sonnet 94 Snow may be on the way. (Will you please check out the glorious bokeh in this image? Leica 45 macro I

Swatch

I fear that I may be the only person who likes these shallow depth-of-field pictures of butterflies. I think of them as intimate environmental portraits. For me, they feel romantic and unexpected, and they provide a way of getting close to something otherwise quite alien and only beautiful from a certain distance. These are certainly…

Ragged

Some days everything and everyone I see is lame, or injured, or damaged in some way. I have days where the whole world seems to be in agony from one sling or another arrow, worn down and exhausted from the struggle to just keep on going. Deformity, illness, cruelty, and suffering are everywhere if you…

Decorated

You could take your eyedropper tool and pick a pixel just about anywhere on the surface of this butterfly’s wings and find a beautiful color. It was a drag stopping with just six; many of the darker tones are incredibly lovely as well. The underlying color scheme is monochromatic brown, and then there’s this dusting…

Om Nom Nom Nom

If this butterfly were any more in to its meal, it would be into its meal. A Year Ago: Just the Beer Light to Guide Us I used to photograph people all the time, but since taking up the camera again… [read more]

Muse

This is not the photograph I wanted to show you. Wait. That’s not quite right. It’s a fine photograph of this butterfly’s underwing pattern, as far as it goes, but it’s not what I most wanted to make a picture of. Because when this butterfly takes flight, you can see the top surfaces of its…

Subdued Palette

Not all butterflies are glam and flash; some bring a quieter aesthetic. I imagine that a study done in these soothing tones would be a great place to think deep, serene thoughts. A Year Ago: A Little Night Music

Wing

This image is more atmosphere than anatomy, and I’m okay with that. Butterflies are machines for flying, exquisitely engineered, but their hold on our imagination is more aesthetic than technical. (If we had approached aviation design by way of the butterfly, we’d still be grounded. Insect flight is insanely complex.) Their colors, the powder and…

Belly Up to the Bar, Lads

Isn’t the Monarch everybody’s beau ideal of the butterfly? Those black-veined orange wings and white-dotted bodies are classic branding, as iconic as the Coke logo. I took plenty of pictures of them, but I felt only this one offered something more than just the standard glamor shot. To the butterfly, the flower and its nectar…