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!

Is it Rosary Pea..

…or an alien space pod? It is rosary pea (Abrus precatorius) to my best knowledge. As cool as this pod looks, the seeds of the rosary pea are actually more toxic than the infamous ricin. Paired with the fact it is an invasive exotic species here in Florida and you really have a deadly (non-space) invader.

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One picture too many

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My four-year-old daughter had enough at this point. We went to a food truck rally in the late afternoon and were met with hot sun, humidity so high you could practically swim, and long lines at the food trucks. A sure recipe for cranky kids (and wife). As fussy as she was about me taking her picture again, my one-and-change-year-old daughter had a level 5 meltdown (as seen in the background, willing my wife to disappear so she can play in the dirty puddles) that caught the attention of everyone within three city blocks. A hasty retreat soon ensued as “those people with the screaming baby” left under a cloud of shame. Well, at least I got that tasty Hawaiian burger (and this photo) before we had to hit the evac button.

Posting this, I notice that nothing has been published since April. Wow, has it been that long? Well, with the move almost behind us and getting through a crazy summer at work I hope to be doing some photography again and sharing it with you kind folks. Thanks for checking in!

AG

 

The Fiery Searcher

 

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Found this not-so-little guy hanging around my office today and he must have wanted his picture taken so I obliged. My first time seeing this caterpillar hunter, the fiery searcher (Calosoma scrutator). Name sounds like something from a J.R.R. Tolkien book! I think a book could be written about this….