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Old May 4, 2010, 11:40 AM   #11
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Great series Harriet!
when you first mentioned your little reptile friend, I was focused on the flower and thought you meant the bug on it. I didn't understand what you meant about camouflage then I saw it. Good one of the ladybug too. #1 is great! nice job, that and the Lark on the bush should be framed.
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Old May 4, 2010, 3:09 PM   #12
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Thanks, Mole. I figure you might like the lark having lunch - it was interesting to see this one parade around the path with its lunch. It seemed very reluctant to fly off or even go into the flowers, and it seemed to tolerate people fairly well.

GW - I was somewhat surprised no one mentioned anything about the lizard, I thought it was cute. They are difficult to photograph most times - this one stayed in one location long enough for me to take several shots with a manual focus lens, moving in a bit closer a couple of times. They usually are not that cooperative.

On the other hand, the ladybugs were all over. One landed on my camera bag as I was changing lenses. I got it to crawl on my hand and I tried to transfer it to a flower. It thought more of my arm than it did the leaves, but it finally flew off. I thought the one covered with pollen and with the orange light reflecting on its back so much you can barely see the red interesting.

By the way, all shots were hand-held. I had my tripod with me but didn't bother using it. I ended up using the DA*200, DA*300, Viv 105 macro, DA*50-135 and DA 12-24. The only lens that I had with me that I didn't use was the 10-17, and that only because I was having such fun with all the other lenses.
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Old May 4, 2010, 3:34 PM   #13
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Very good use of DOF. You manage to capture a lot of different things in one walk through the reserve. Nice job!
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Old May 4, 2010, 9:05 PM   #14
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Oh, I think I would have definitely used the 10-17, Harriet. I can only imagine some of the shots you could have captured with that one!
50 lashes with a bouquet of poppies for that one Missy.
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Old May 4, 2010, 11:03 PM   #15
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lomitamike - it's easy to take a variety of pictures there, assuming you are there in the afternoon and it's not too windy. I was there only for about an hour or so. The big thing is to not get so focused in on the spectacular poppies that you miss some of the other things to look at, like the birds, insects, reptiles and other wildflowers. I took a number of pictures of the lark in the bush, it was singing like crazy. Many people went past me without even paying it any attention. And I guess I was hogging the lizard, but no one seemed terribly interested in it either, poppies do tend to be so bright you don't see anything else.

This year is good, but not the best year for the poppy reserve, and it's getting late in the season now at that elevation. The flowers were on specific hillsides, not over the whole preserve. It's gotten fairly warm this week, so I'm not sure how long the poppies will last.

GW - I thought about pulling out the 10-17, but wasn't that interested in all-inclusive or deep dof pictures. I kept seeing macro and telephoto scenes so mostly shot with longer lenses. At one point on the way back I put the 12-24 on the camera, determined to concentrate on wide angle shots, and immediately saw something that cried out for the 300. Maybe if I go hunting wildflowers this weekend I'll concentrate on the wide end of things.
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Lovely shot of the kid and what wonderful colours, all terrific shots.
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