Monday, January 29, 2018


                                        Beautiful young lady who is an aspiring actress.
            Lighting, one beauty dish on the left with translucent cover. Nikon D850, 105mm lens.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Insects - Aside Volume 5

A mixture of insects and spiders, predators and prey.  Kind of a miserable life when you are born/hatched and then spend the rest of your life hiding from death.
Swept wing dragon fly....

If you're not large, be scary. 

 Think you had a bad day; at least you didn't get eaten. 

 His/her Mom thought he/she was cute. 
 Daddy Long Legs and dinner. 
Spider yoga

Monday, January 22, 2018

Insect-Aside Volume 4

Aphid ranching, predation, and SPIDERS.
Above and two below, ants herding aphids.  Ants feed and protect the aphids and the aphids in turn provide a sweet, nutritious secretion for the ants.  Everyone is happy. 

American Hover Fly getting a taste. 


The shot above shows a spider which lay in wait for the hapless honey bee on a thistle..

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Bridges At LaBenite

                  Hiway 291 Bridges over the Missouri River at Sugar Creek's LaBenite Park.

Insect-Aside Volume 3

More from the insect world.  The shot above was taken by reversing a 50mm lens using an adapter.  Turns it into a super macro.  You have to get really close though and a lot of bugs won't put up with that.
 All photos taken with the Nikon F4 using Kodachrome 25 or 64.

 Just enjoying the view.
 Above and below, bugs in love..... nsfw

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Insect-Aside Volume 2

More from the tiny life of bugs.  All shots either Kodachrome 64 or 25, Nikon F4, Nikon 105mm macro lens.  Some available light, some flash.

Below, ants as herders.  Ants have a symbiotic relationship with some aphids...protecting them from parasites and predators as the aphids produce a sugary substance the ants's fascinating behavior. I'll have more images of this behavior in a future post.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Insect-Aside, Volume 1

To help forget about the COLD and be reminded of warmer times, I present the following closeup images of insects.  All taken in the 1990s using Kodachrome 64 or 25, Nikon F4, and 105mm micro lens.  Their world is very interesting.  More tomorrow.
Posing, Emine Moth

Cuckoo Wasp
 Small fly on thistle. 
 Red-banded leafhopper
 Dragon fly
 Very tiny leafhopper...about 1/2 the size of your pinky nail.