I decided to take a photo walk down by the lake today. I have been too busy to get out and take any photos lately and just needed to get out into nature for a while. It was really hot but I still enjoyed it.
I took macro shots of a lot of spiders but the wind was blowing the webs just enough to blur my shots and make them useless. I took some shots of some bugs skimming on the water and some mushrooms and had the same problem. I hadn’t realized that some screws had worked loose under the ball head on my tripod and the camera was wobbling almost every time I took a shot. I fixed it when I got home but most of my shots were too bad to keep.
I did manage to get a few good shots which I have shared below. The first one was a nice little flower next to the lake.
I got the next one about five feet from the flower. Dragonflies will return to a spot multiple times so I just had to set up and get focused on the end of the limb and wait for them to come back for another visit.
I walked through the woods by the shore for a few minutes and saw a butterfly that I was hoping to get a shot of when it landed somewhere. It had landed on a blade of grass and just as I got close enough, it flew off across the lake. Fortunately there was a fallen tree limb in the water nearby that the dragonflies were continuously lighting on. I snapped the next two shots very quickly as several dragonflies lit on the limb.
Another dragonfly lit on the end of the limb and took a stance that looked like a little man with wings looking out over the water. It reminded me of the flying monkeys in “The Wizard of Oz” movie. My wife said it looked like a little fairy person to her.
I really liked this shot so I decide to give it away as a screen saver. I created a 1920 x 1080 pixel version of it that you can download to use on a widescreen monitor. It is free for personal use only. If you post it anywhere please give me credit with a link back to this post. It is not to be used for any commercial/ for profit use. I put it up on my 23 inch monitor and it looks nice. I hope you enjoy it. I would appreciate any comments you might have on it. Click here to download the screen saver version.