Ant on Corn Lily Leaf
This image was taken on the Rogue Valley Photography Group hike to Mt. Ashland on August 3, 2011
Glowing Resin Droplet
[best appreciated at full size against black] How many times have you leaned up against a pine tree, only to find out later that you got sap all over your clothes?! It's especially nice to get it in your hair, yay!! However, as a photographic subject, resin is endlessly fascinating to me. On this day, I got my first chance to take a macro shot of resin with my new Mark II and 100mm lens! When I got back to the house to look at this image, I was amazed to see something I hadn't noticed when I took the picture. If you look carefully, you'll notice an ant, forever entombed within the resin! This image was taken in February , 2012.
When Steve and I went to the Palmerton Arboretum a week ago, I got to spend quite a while taking pictures. These flowers are from the Madrone tree and I absolutely love how sunshine makes them glow! Especially fun is the challenge of getting an image that shows the inside of these lovely little bell-shaped flowers! And finally, it was a wonderful bonus to find an ant on my favorite aperture choice! :)
Busy Little Ants!
1 note above (top right) This collage shows "near misses" of some ants that I captured running up and down a Chicory stem. They were getting ready to cut down the flower stamens and then haul them away to thier ant hill. They were running around so fast that I didn't think I'd have a single picture that would work. As it was you can see that my depth of field is too shallow on all of these pictures. I only got a fine sliver of each ant, not good enough. In order to compensate for their fast movement, I made sure to take pictures in the bright light and with a higher ISO. It worked quite well, except that I should have upped my aperture to include more of the ant in focus.