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Old Jun 30, 2014, 9:34 AM   #1
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Default .......sunflowers & bugs

I've been quite moody recently and whatever I intended to do with the camera just went sour, not much went the way I had planned the past couple weeks.

Just a few dragonflies, no herons, no butterflies, no flowers, no cars, no desire to get it done.

So yesterday I decided a quick trip for sunflowers and 'BUGS' would do wonders for getting me back into the act and I was rewarded.

These caused me to smile, I hope you will too.

The E-M1, again the m43 40-150 + MEIKE tube and all done with digi-X2 ON; X2-ON is becoming a habit when shooting MACRO with any lens on a bright day.
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The big show for this outing was this gigantic Wheel Bug, king of the assassins.

The largest I've seen at approx the max size for a Wheel Bug; it was nearing 1.5 inch. The Wheel Bug is beautiful, can fly at super-sonic (it seems) speed, it is dangerous, if provoked it will attack and it has the knockdown power of a bumblebee. My every trip to this sunflower set I've seen a Wheel Bug but this one was the best of'em.







...............another of the assassin group, lesser size & beautiful



...............a more gentle image menagrie





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Old Jun 30, 2014, 1:00 PM   #2
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Bob those sunflowers did certainly bring a smile to my face. Glad you got your mojo back a bit
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Wow, I can understand how those shots might have brightened up your day.
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Absolutely love them all. And welcome back to your usual self.
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 9:52 PM   #5
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The 40-150 really is a sharp one, Bob.

Have you provoked the Wheel Bug in getting too close to it to shoot?
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Those macros are really nice, plenty of focus deep and very sharp.

Thank you for sharing Bob.

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Now those are a stunning set of images! Well done Bob.
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ALL Excellent shots Bob
the sun flowers are beautiful
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Really nice shots Bob. Do the wheel bugs bite humans if provoked?
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Do the wheel bugs bite humans if provoked?
YEP ...they will and the bite is reported to be quite a lot more painful then wasp, bee, scorpion and some snakes .... though not venomous.

Not lethal, just HURTS A BUNCH, they say.
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