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Crab Digging In The Sand

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macro photograph of a small crab in the sand on the beach

These little crabs are so well camouflaged they are nearly impossible to see until they move.  This one was busy digging when I spotted it.  Each time it went back into in the hole I crept a little closer until I was able to get this photo.

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Chipmunk On Rock

photograph of a chipmunk sitting on a rock in Yellowstone National Park

 

This chipmunk was scurrying among the rocks of the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park.  It stopped on a nice sunny rock long enough for me to take this photo.


Little Black Spider

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photograph of a small black and red spider on a lichen covered rock

I nearly stepped on this small black and red spider before I noticed it hanging out on a lichen covered rock.

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Pearl Crescent

photograph of a pearl crescent butterfly on white and yellow flowers

This Pearl Crescent butterfly rests peacefully in a bed of white and yellow flowers.  According to “An Instant Guide to Butterflies” by Pamela Forey and Cecilia Fitzsimons, male Pearl Crescents patrol their territory and will fly at other butterflies and insects.


Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2

photograph of a female ruby throated hummingbird hovering at a feeder

I’ve been experimenting with photographing hummingbirds as they fly to our feeder.  It’s quite an exercise in patience.  This little female comes regularly but sometimes it’s 15-20 minutes between her visits.  I captured this image recently after waiting for about 45 minutes.  It was her third visit but the only one with sharp enough focus and good enough lighting to share.

In past years I’ve noticed the hummingbirds come more frequently later in the summer.  Perhaps there are simply more of them after they’ve raised a brood or two?  Or maybe there are just fewer feeding options for them?  Whatever the cause, I’m hoping to get more images before they migrate south for the winter.


Dark-Eyed Junco 2

photograph of dark-eyed junco foraging for seeds

This dark-eyed junco was busy searching for food among the leaves when I took this picture of it.


Dark-Eyed Junco 1

photograph of a dark-eyed junco

The dark-eyed junco is a common bird in Richmond during the colder months.  When the weather warms they will migrate to the Appalachians and Canada, not to return again until autumn.  They make for tricky photography subjects as they are small, quick, and almost never still.  I waited until this junco hopped into a patch of direct sunlight to get a shutter speed fast enough to catch it.

I would like to give some credit for this photo to Cornel Apostol.  If you’re not familiar with Cornel’s blog, check it out at http://apostolcornel.wordpress.com.  On several of his posts he’s mentioned throwing a sheet over his head to get closer to birds.  That inspired me to rig up a simple blind which I used to capture this image.