Week 24 – Becky


Young Assassin Bug

This guy is really tiny.  Had to look hard among the leaves.  This is a very young assassin bug.  Shot with my Olympus TG4 on microscope mode.  Settings were ISO800, 18mm, f4.9 and 1/400secs.  Started my processing in Adobe Lightroom (cropping etc…) then finished processing in Adobe Photoshop.  Trying to learn how to use Lightroom.  All the photography pros keep saying how Lightroom was a game changer for them.

Happy Clicking!


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 21 – Robin


Ant and Extra-floral Nectaries on Passion Flower

I saw these little green nodes on our passion flowers and noticed that the ants were hanging around them. I thought maybe they were aphids, but they are Extra-floral Nectaries. “These are glands that produce water and sugars but they are not designed to attract and reward pollinators. The nectar produced by EFNs is sweeter than phloem and is made up of a mixture of glucose, fructose, sucrose and some protein, amino acids and organic acids.” More info The ants sure like them. Maybe it’s like fast food, so they don’t have to ranch aphids for sweet nectar. Nature is full of amazing secrets. 🙂

Used The Olympus TG-4 in Microscope mode with the LED ring. I turned the photo upside down which made it look rightside up. 😀 Looks like a little ant cottage!