Discover the flora and fauna around you!
One pretty morning last week, I decided to give myself a self-assignment… to shoot the flora and fauna of a LILY PAD! We were staying at a cabin after the Fourth in Island Park, Idaho, so I packed up my macro lens, circular polarizer filter and other goodies in my camera bag, hopped on a four-wheeler and spent one hour immersing myself in the ecosystem of a nearby lily pad.
I found several species of dragon flies, frogs, and flowering lily pads, just to mention of few of the interesting creatures in the environment. Just when I thought I had seen enough, I pulled out my macro extension tubes (see #13 here) and discovered a whole new world of tiny organisms in the water and grass all around me. As I sat perfectly still for several minutes I was treated to a close up visitor an inch away from my lens. I learned from some friends/insect experts on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/carynesplin, that the smaller dragonfly species is called a damselfy. The damselfy was more friendly, and one of them landed near me and stayed for several minutes while I took some close up shots. I was delighted with the colors and details I was able to capture with my macro extension tubes. I thought maybe she was carrying around a sack of little red eggs, but my two Facebook friends told me the red egg-looking dots are really parasite freeloaders hanging on for a free ride. How fascinating! I think I like shooting insects, but it is hard to get them to hold still. Any tips?