Tag Archives: Tamron 180mm Macro

Pretty On Pink

A recently hatched Carolina Anole spent some time watching the world from a Mandevilla plant on my patio a few days ago.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

You might wonder how he got in there, I sure did. He didn’t weigh much but these petals are quite delicate.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

I suspect he climbed out the stem then jumped/fell into the center. A wider view shows how tiny the Anole was. The blossom was about four inches (10 cm) across.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

Credit to Ted for spotting this little fellow.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

Dragonfly and Two Flowers

These images are from a September walk when a little breeze interfered with this being the best lens for the day.

An immature or female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly perched at the base of a giant Live Oak tree.

Eastern Pondhawk on Tree
Eastern Pondhawk on Tree

I have no idea what either of these flowers are but they had attractive textures, the first with a few petals.

Unknown White Flower
Unknown White Flower

And the second one gone-by, but still interesting.

Unknown Flower Head
Unknown Flower Head

September 14, 2021
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

Dragonfly Trio, 3 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

So these are just a duo as the third fellow took off for a minute.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

One of the others gathered some snacks…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Showed off some flight skills…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Then returned to his perch.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 2 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Some more experimenting with distance and f-stops. A bunch of reeds kept me from the best placement to have all three dragonflies equidistant from me, and we were at the edge of a pond so I had to stay on this side.

Dragonfly Trio (f-11)
Dragonfly Trio (f-11)

And them some distraction with choosing different perches.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

And with the dragonfly on the right adjusting his position.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

There was also a little breeze, good for keeping bugs off me, not so good for my experiment as the reeds swayed.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 1 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f-18)

These dragonflies, which I believe are all Four-spotted Pennants, were quite cooperative as I took this opportunity to experiment with different f-stops to see what ranges might be in focus.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

I was about three feet (100cm) from the closest one, on the right in first image. Their perches were about 12 inches (30cm) apart left to right and a bit closer than that in their distance from each other front to back.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Assortment From July

Here we are staring at the door of September and I have dragonfly images left from early July. Time to move them on!

Fence pickets make great perches and are at a great height for photography.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

On the other side of that fence a piece of rebar attracted a Roseate Skimmer.

Roseate Skimmer
Roseate Skimmer

A slope down into a pond was covered with little flowers and and grass seed heads for perches.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
July 7, 2021