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Old Mar 23, 2010, 9:08 PM   #1
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You wouldn't believe we had 2-3 inches of snow 4 days ago. It all melted before the end of the day and it was over 70 degrees today.

Shot with an E30 and 50-200 SWD, some with, and some without the EX25. In-Camera Large Superfine JPEG's.



I really needed the EC20 for this one..



What are the bugs crawling on this plant? They were everywhere..









These were actually in the office and I shot them using the FL50R and Demb Bounce attachment..






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Old Mar 23, 2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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Geezus Greg, I post the worst "grabshots" of the year and you counter with these.

I'd be proud to frame and hang a couple of these. Nicely done.
Well maybe not the bugs

Cedar Wax Wings, pretty birds, they're far too shy around here though. With that eye make up they look like they belong in Egypt.

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Geezus Greg, I post the worst "grabshots" of the year and you counter with these.

I'd be proud to frame and hang a couple of these. Nicely done.
Well maybe not the bugs

Cedar Wax Wings, pretty birds, they're far too shy around here though. With that eye make up they look like they belong in Egypt.

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Yeah Greg does make the rest of look bad doesn't he Once again, great shots. That camera/lens combo is stellar. I'm really jealous about the waxwings, like ken says, they seem to be really shy around here. I think I've seen one since I started shooting birds, and of course I didn't have a camera with me.

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ps I really love the shots you did with the flash, the lighting and bokeh are perfect.
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great shots as usual Greg, really like the waxwings.
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Hi Greg,

Glad to see that the weather in your part of the World is starting to moderate and that things are beginning to get back to normal. That spells good things, hopefully for us in the Northeast.

As for the images, another day and another fine series of images that leave me wanting for more.

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Nice shots Greg, those are apple blossums aren't they ?
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Nice shots Greg, those are apple blossums aren't they ?
I don't think so, but I couldn't tell you for sure. The trees where I shot those bloom like this every spring. Within the next week or so it'll be loaded, then after a while the leaves comes out, these drop off and it looks "just" like any other tree the rest of the year. There are also some multi-colored stands of azaelea's just behind these that are just awesome when they are in full bloom.

A naturalist/botanist//bird officianado I am not. I just like to shoot 'em (figuratively speaking)!
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Hi Greg - Those 'bugs' look like aphids to me. According to the web site Gardening Australia, "Aphids are tiny sap sucking insects usually about one to two millimetres long that appear when the weather warms. Colonies can build up very quickly. They eat developing shoots and flower buds by piercing the plant's surface and sucking out the plant's juices, which can result in deformed buds, flower loss and even defoliation of the plant. They do not just affect roses. Peach trees and hibiscus are tasty treats for aphids too." Lady bugs love aphids - for breakfast lunch and tea!
Really like those pics.

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[PS: I've seen aphids on many more plants than just those mentioned.]
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Hi Greg - Those 'bugs' look like aphids to me.

Lady bugs love aphids - for breakfast lunch and tea!
That's my observation also. And the standard countermeasure in the US is to get a bunch of Lady Bugs.

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