Thursday, July 28, 2005

RETURN TO HAYMES RESERVOIR, July 28

The neat thing about living where I do is that I am just minutes away from some very interesting places.  We returned to Haymes Reservoir, about a 15-20 minute drive, this afternoon and spotted this mule deer doe grazing in a meadow to the side of the water.

Yet another one of my mistakes that I like better than my calculated shot.  There was way too much light on this sunflower, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked its crisp airy appearance.

Now this subject I DIDN'T like!  I call it 'creepy bug'.  It was as big as a small bird and had spikes all over its legs.  I fear strange bugs more than I fear bugs I actually know are dangerous.  This bug terrified me but it also facinated me with its rich deep colors.  It was all over the flowers like a mutant honey bee.  It didn't seem to mind my camera but I played it safe and used my zoom lens.

My goal, once again, was to capture a picture of a dragonfly.  And the dragonflies' goal, once again, was to tease and taunt me with their kamakaze fly bys.  This was the only dragonfly that landed long enough for me to take a picture.  I stealthily sneaked up on him through the reeds for this shot.  Upon closer inspection it probably couldn't fly away if it wanted to.  His wings on the right side were battered and torn.

16 comments:

awen1122 said...

Ahhhhh, lovin the flower!!!  I wish I would have had my camera yesterday, I was surrounded by butterflies, i mean like 20 of them.  It was awesome, just fluttering around me!!

zapper44z said...

thanks again, your pictures are always pleasing to look at.  I like the deer shot real well.  That sure is a strange bug.  I have never seen anything like it here in Idaho.  Once again thanks for all the nature shots.  

rap4143 said...

I always enjoy your pictures :).
Betty

demandnlilchit said...

Amazing shots dorn!  I soooooooo want your camera! lol

ctx424 said...

Each shot is GREAT! My favorite it the Deer.
Thanks for sharing.
Kate

kokoapuffy1 said...

These are all great shots. Thanks for sharing your photo safari.

sylviam4000 said...

Wonderful pics, especially the "bug". Thanks for sharing.
Sylvia

swibirun said...

To me, the bug looks like a common dirt dauber.  If so, they're pretty passive even though they look like wasps.  I've never had one sting me.  I like how they look rather like an oil sheen.  

Chris
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mtrib2 said...

The mule deer certainly had you in focus also.  The sunflower with the sky background is fantastic.   The bug has a nice contrast to the foliage.  The dragonfly has really nice thorax markings with rainbow colors.   mark

glendar0812 said...

AMAZING Flower!!  I love it.  Great background, sharp and crisp ... makes you want to go outside and wave your hands in the air and jump for joy.

djzgirl71 said...

Personally, the flower pic was my favorite!  All were simply beautiful though!!!

Stacy
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emmapeeldallas said...

Again, they're all amazing, but the sunflower and dragonfly exceptionally so.  I'm glad I found your journal.

Judi

acyrlicstains said...

I have tried to take pictures of the dragonfly and personally did not have a camera to zoom in quite as well as this one.

gotomaria said...

Nice photos...  I think the sunflower is great.  It seems like it should be a card.   I like the dragonfly..it's got such pretty aqua blue color!  The wings do look a little worse for wear...maybe it got damaged dancing in the air with another dragonfly...

sepintx said...

I like the sunflower a lot :-)
From the look "creepy bug", I think I have them here. They scare me so I never photograph them. Poor old dragonfly. When they get that much damage, their time is almost up. Neat turquoise eye color.

southernmush said...

Good evening....I like these pictures. I like the picture of the mule deer grazing in a meadow, the sunflower.....the light on it is perfect here. I also like the dragonfly. Thanks for sharing this....

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