Archive for June, 2013

Photographing Bugs

Until this weekend, I had never really taken much time to photograph insects – if they leave me alone, I leave them alone.  However, one of the members of our camera club, Tom Riley, is a retired professor of entomology from Louisiana State University, and he arranged a field trip to photograph his favorite subject.  Last night, we put up a few ultraviolet lights to attract the bugs, and this morning we photographed them.  It was really a lot of fun.  Some of the evolutionary adaptations are quite amazing.  We were staying at another club member’s place (thanks, Rita Szabo!), and a few of the images in the gallery are from things lying around.

Click the image below to see the gallery.

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Dickerson Park Zoo

Zoos raise more than a few ethical dilemmas for the thoughtful person – I’d much rather catch a fleeting glimpse of an animal in the wild than stare at an animal through bars, no matter how benign.  So it was with mixed feelings that I went to the zoo today with the camera club.  I will say that the giraffes seem to have adapted rather well to visitors handing them zoo-supplied snacks – long tongues on those giraffes!  Anyway, we had special access through the zoo’s education department to photograph some of their birds of prey and reptiles. I didn’t find those pictures to be particularly interesting, but I did find other things to photograph.

The first image in the gallery (click on the image below to see the gallery) is of a white peacock that sits on the roof of the admission gate in the early morning (they roam around the zoo the rest of the day). The next two images are of some interesting machinery at the zoo that caught my eye.  The last one was taken while looking down from an observation deck at a koi pond covered with a very thin oil slick (in fact, you can see the back of one of the carp in the image). Though it was disheartening to watch the fish surface open-mouthed into the oil (the nearby coin-operated feed dispenser makes it popular with the fish), it did make for some colorful, albeit abstract, imagery.

White Peacock

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