Touch me!

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Or maybe not. I have not been able to identify this beautiful specimen, but was sure happy to come across it in the field. Any ideas?

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Solar Eclipse 2017

I was lucky enough to witness the “Great American” 2017 Solar Eclipse in Orangeburg, South Carolina with my brother-in-law and a new friend. I only had my X Vario with a 70mm lens paired with a tripod and a Thousand Oaks solar filter.

On another note, I can’t believe there has not been a post since May! Gotta remedy that!

The Eyed Click Beetle

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I don’t know why my office attracts bizarre insects, but I certainly enjoy it! This bugger is the Eastern Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus) and it makes this loud clicking sound as it hurls itself high into the air. I did not know this when meeting him in the warehouse as he did look intimidating, but think I’ll have to give it a go if he comes around again. The best thing about finding these bugs is learning something new about these amazing creatures, and getting to photograph them is pretty cool too 🙂

Red-shouldered hawk and the Sunset

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I dug this old pic up from 2005 from when I took my old Canon 10D and 400mm f5.6 to the Everglades to do some nature photography. The sun was setting after a very stormy afternoon and caught this red-shouldered hawk admiring the sunset as much as I was.

It truly is amazing how photographs can bring you back to a certain moment. It seems I forget more than remember these days, but seeing this and I am immediately back in my old Ford Explorer, wet, cold and sitting on the side of the road watching the sun set when I noticed this hawk sitting on this old wooden structure about a quarter mile up the road. I moved my Explorer up to get the shot, took this picture, and shared a beautiful sunset with a magnificent creature. Certainly not a bad memory to recall!