Cast

What better way to end a hot day in Oklahoma than at the pond?

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Trying grasshoppers for bait – Summer 2012

Buttercup is just waiting her chance to get in the pond with those fish, and her boy.

Don’t move

Insects often become aware of the photographer’s attention and either freeze or leave. This brightly colored little one froze, affording me the opportunity to take several shots.

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Rarely does one threaten or attack. I don’t know why some people go into a panicked, jumping frenzy when they spot an insect less than a hundredth their size! Β With just a little quiet observation, a person can learn much.

Clinging!

It was a windy day. Many insects dropped out of trees, grabbing for any (hand)hold they could grasp.

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Must. Hold. Tight! – June 2012

The wind was buffeting this katydid, but it clung tenaciously, allowing me a few magical moments of shooting πŸ™‚

The focus is disappointing, which I attribute to the windiness of the day. But one only gets a few takes before the insect gets nervous and leaves. Really, I wouldn’t eat it, but try getting it to believe that!

Blends with Leaves

This Copperhead snake would blend in much better with all these dried leaves on the “forest” floor if only that pesky early morning sun wasn’t highlighting the roundness of its body and the beautiful texture of those scales.

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D5100 f/8.0 ISO 800 1/125sec 55-300@68.0mm – Spring 2012

I am glad I was watching for interesting things illumined by the sun’s rays. What a pretty snake – and I am glad I saw it before tripping over it! I guess greenbrier over the path serves some useful purpose πŸ™‚