Week 27 – Judy



Production Line

I posted a similar photo last year, but this is the first time I witnessed how an Apple Snail “hatches” her eggs. It was very interesting to watch her push out her eggs in what looked like a regular little production line. The eggs are such a pretty color!

Taken with my Olympus TG-4 on microscope mode.



Week 23 – Becky


Hanky Panky or Get a Room! or Do you mind?

So many titles to choose from.  Roaming around the yard of the house we are renovating when I stumbled upon these two little love birds. This is a photo of two air potato beetles getting it on.  At one point the bottom one looked like it was trying to knock the top one off.  Processed this photo in Lightroom.  First time using Lightroom to tweak my photos.  Opened it up in Photoshop to sharpen it some more.  Used my Olymput TG-4 on microscope mode.  The settings were iso500, 18mm, f4.9 and 1/400sec.

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Week 22 – Becky


Got my eye on you!

Backyard findings.  These guys freak me out how they watch my every move while I am trying to get close.  Shot with Olympus TG4.  Settings f4.9, 1/100sec, iso1000, 18mm.  Applied Topaz Adjust Spicify.


Week 20 – Becky

The Snail

To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall,
The snail sticks close, nor fears to fall,
As if he grew there, house and all

Within that house secure he hides,
When danger imminent betides
Of storm, or other harm besides
Of weather.

Give but his horns the slightest touch,
His self-collecting power is such
He shrinks into his house with much

Where’er he dwells, he dwells alone,
Except himself has chattels none,
Well satisfied to be his own
Whole treasure.

Thus hermit-like, his life he leads,
Nor partner of his banquet needs,
And if he meets one only feeds
The faster.

Who seeks him must be worse than blind,
(He and his house are so combined,)
If, finding it, he fails to find
Its master.

By William Cowper (1731)

Shot with Olympus TG-4.  Settings were f4.9, 1/400sec, iso400 and 18mm.

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Week 18 – Becky

Leaf Beetle

Another backyard find.  From what I can tell after searching the internet this looks like a leaf beetle.

Cropped and sharpened.  Shot with Olympus TG4.  Settings f4.9, 1/320sec, iso800, 18mm, microscope mode.

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Week 18 – Robin

NewbornFrogWe have a small container of duckweed that we use to feed the fish. Recently tiny baby frogs started showing up and I couldn’t resist taking some shots. He’s less than an inch long and wears the duckweed on his little head. 🙂

Used Canon 6D and 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS. Settings were 1/100s, f/7.1,ISO 400.