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Hunting Mosquitos

MosquitoHunter

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this damselfly perched on a leaf and ready to fly as it was waiting for its prey to get in range. It seemed to be hunting mosquitos. It won’t go hungry anytime soon because this has been a very bad year for mosquitos. (Click on this or any of my other images to see an enlarged more detailed view)

Blood…

blood

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

If you’ve ever wondered what a mosquito looks like after taking a bite out of you, here’s one with a full stomach. The mosquitos were out in force this afternoon when I spotted this one at rest. I’m not sure who’s blood it is full of. I’m not sure I want to know…  (click image to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Flying Flower

ButterflyBeauty

Butterfly_On_Leaf

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Photographing butterflies has always been a fun and interesting experience. I was happy to get detailed photos of these two.    “The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly.” French lyric poet ― Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

Intricate details

GoldDragonFly

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I was about to photograph some blueberries I found in an abandoned orchard, I noticed this beautiful dragonfly as it landed near me. I quickly moved in and using my macro lens, captured the intricate details of its colorful patterns.

In a Yellow Field

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Chic3

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found a few isolated chicory plants today growing in an Ottawa County, Michigan field covered with yellow flowers. After photographing one with the field as a backdrop, I noticed another with an insect pollinating the blue flower and took the opportunity to capture the moment :)

Golden Summit

GoldenSummit

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this tiny insect on the top of a golden colored flower today in Ottawa County, Michigan. I estimate the insect was about 1/8 inch (3.175mm) which necessitated the use of my Canon 50mm F-2.5 macro lens.

Transparent Butterfly in a Parallel Universe

Butterfly_Parallel_Universe

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Transparent Winged Butterfly resting on a glass panel, its reflections hinting at a parallel reality. An ancient Chinese quote came to mind… Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly I awoke, and came to myself, the veritable Chuang Chou. Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. Between me and the butterfly there must be a difference. This is an instance of transformation.  – Chinese Philosopher Zhūangzi (c. 369 BC – c. 286 BC)

Wings of Beauty

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ButterflyBeauty

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Photographing butterflies is one of my favorite pastimes when I get the opportunity. These two specimens cooperated nicely as I used a longer lens on the first photo and a macro on the second to capture them at rest.

Translucent Wings

ViceRoy1111

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I had the opportunity to photograph this Viceroy butterfly from an unusual perspective. The view was from under its wings as light passed through them revealing beautiful patterns and coloring.

Green Eyes

Green1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this green eyed dragonfly as it perched on top of a stick that was above the surface of a pond today in Holland, Michigan. Its green eyes and pale blue body were a beautiful combination of colors.

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