Tag Archives: Tamron 180mm Macro

Green Grasshopper, Eating the Best Part

I could have seen this coming, if I had known how tasty a closed hibiscus bud could be to a grasshopper.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

I turned away for a few minutes after taking the photos in my post Green Grasshopper, Foreshadowing, with him on a leaf.  and when my attention returned to him he had moved.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

And found lunch.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

The closed bud was pretty dense and he was working hard to gnaw the top off.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

Great Blue Skimmer, Modeling On Green, Pink and Mixed

A piece of bamboo stuck in a plant pot has become a regular perch for dragonflies on my patio this summer.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Just Grass

This Great Blue Skimmer was very tolerant of me walking around him to get different flowers in the background.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Pink Flowers

He did lift off a few times, but came right back.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer, Variegated Caladium

Ribbon Snake, Back Yard

When Ted called out “get your camera, there’s a snake on the patio”  I grabbed my gear that had the Tamron 180mm lens attached and went as far as the screened in porch. I’m sure I’ve mentioned I’m not really a snake fan. But it was back yard nature so I wanted to see.

By this time the snake had left the patio and zipped up a Crepe Myrtle. I waited for Ted to spot it  and we were pretty sure it was a harmless Ribbon Snake, then I ventured out the porch door.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

He was wrapped back on himself, lifted his head for a look around then stayed still for several minutes.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

With the fixed 180mm lens I couldn’t get far enough back with a clear view to take him all in (ugg). A little breeze was moving a branch from a neighboring tree in and out of the frame.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

A tighter crop after he had moved his head just a tad:

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

Standing on the porch with the door open I got a little different view, but still didn’t get his full tail.

Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle
Ribbon Snake in Crepe Myrtle

About 20 minutes later we watched him slowly exit the tree and head back into the woods. Where I would like him to stay!

 

Juvenile Anole And a New Lens

With my interest in dragonflies and following Mike Powell’s blog (MichaelQPowell.com/) Ted was sure I needed the Tamron 180mm macro lens.

Who was I to argue? He found a used one for sale and it arrived today.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

One of my first subjects was a very young Anole on our patio.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

This is my first non-image stabilized lens and it will require some practice.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole