Boys prettier than girls

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At least for our smallest falcon, the American kestrel. The boys have a beautiful blue “jacket” that sets them apart which is quite striking. The girls are not far behind, and larger to boot. Guess its best not to mess with them in case they hear me.

I’ve been going through old photos when wildlife was my primary subject. I long since sold or traded the old Canon and Olympus gear, but seeing these shots makes me miss grabbing these shots!

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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 🙂

Gopher tortoise on film

Gopher tortoise on film

This photo is a few years old when I first started getting back into film and picked up a M3. Seeing the amazing colors of Velvia 50 it was all that was used for a little while until I figured out the best things to use it for (landscape, sunsets, NOT people). I was on a nature hike in Gainesville with a roll of Velvia 50 loaded and ready when I can across this young gopher tortoise. This native Floridian reptile is threatened and always a treat to see in the wild!