Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anatomy of a Yellow Jacket

These little guys tend to instill dread and fear in a lot of people because when aroused they can be aggressive and sting repeatedly.  However, as I sat on the patio steps this evening and noticed a few in the plants right beside me they seemed much more interested in eating (at least I think that's what they were doing) than they were in me.  So, I went inside and grabbed the camera and tried to get some shots of these little beasts from different angles.  Fortunately, they seemed oblivious to what I was doing and went about their business leaving me free to shoot at will.  While they can be a nuisance in large numbers, even deadly, they do offer a benefit by consuming insects and helping to keep garden pests in check.  While they are not an endearing creature we want to love, I do find them fascinating when viewing them in these photos.  Hope you enjoy them!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Staying Alert and Being Prepared brings Rewards

Staying alert, being prepared and being at the right place at the right time will certainly bring rewards.  I was recently at the Ottawa Nat'l Wildlife Area for the first time of what will be many, I'm sure.  One very unexpected surprise was the sight of this first year bald eagle flying overhead.  What a gorgeous creature.  I was actually concentrating on a black butterfly in the grass that would not sit still for the 300mm lens when I turned and caught this eagle overhead.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

After the children are grown, married, and have their own family there is nothing sweeter and more precious than grandchildren.  Mindy and I visited our son and his family in Wisconsin this week and had a great time with our granddaughter.  She's almost 2.5 years old and is an absolute joy.