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Old Mar 19, 2013, 9:09 AM   #11
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Terrific set, I hope spring comes to Canada soon..
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 10:45 AM   #12
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Beautiful shots!

That beetle resembles "click (and "false click") beetles" we get over here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elateridae

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucnemidae
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 11:59 AM   #13
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Great macro photography, these pictures are stunning!!! The Hepatica shots are my favorites and obviously not taken on a windy day. Nice use of depth of field with the snakes.

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I see it will be time to return to Michigan soon, spring flowers in the north are so much more delicate than the flowers here in Florida and the wildlife shots are great. I like the series very much, nice job Mole

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MtnMan - Glad to hear that these snapshots gave you some "second hand warmth!" To answer your questions: I have several macro lenses for different purposes. DA 35 macro and FA 50 macro are both especially nice for wildflowers - with 35 a bit better color, and 50 a bit better sharpness. FA 100 is my default macro for insects, frogs, etc., except for the very shy ones. That's when I use an old Tamron Adaptall 90mm macro paired with an Adaptall 2X TC - which makes a 180mm macro. Only light used in any of these was natural light. I agree that slightly overcast days are best for wildflowers (sometimes use a white plastic grocery bag for a diffuser on sunnier days). Butterfly & frogs lit by direct sunlight.

D/D - Thanks! Hope spring gets there soon too!

Tachikoma - Glad you enjoyed these! Thanks also for the links. We do have a number of native click and false click beetles, but none (that I know of) that are red...

Lou - Thanks for the helpful feedback! Windless days are hard to come by, but sure help with clear flower pictures.

Hans - Best wishes for a safe "migration" back to Michigan!
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 10:31 AM   #16
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We have something similar called a Cardinal Click Beetle, but that only has red wing casing and the rest is black.

http://www.arkive.org/cardinal-click...us-rufipennis/

I might be barking up the wrong tree though with my identification and it might be a completely different species.
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Love the series as always, the beetle and frog (excellent macro) were my favs.
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Tachikoma - Thanks for your persistence. Reminds me of a quote from J.B.S. Haldane, who said something to effect that the Lord must have a great fondness for beetles, since He created so many species of them...

Kevin - Frogs are my favorite of this bunch, probably because it's been years of fruitless efforts trying to capture this particular species in song, and also because it gave me a good excuse to play in the mud!
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Nice photos! We do not experience that kind of spring here.

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Tachikoma - Thanks for your persistence. Reminds me of a quote from J.B.S. Haldane, who said something to effect that the Lord must have a great fondness for beetles, since He created so many species of them...
Extraordinary series.

The reference to J.B.S. Haldane brought to mind a favorite essay, "On Being the Right Size."

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