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Bizarre Creature

moth

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this tiny moth a few days ago in a local park. It was perhaps a quarter of an inch long. I had no idea the bizarre appearance it would display as I used my Canon Macro 50mm F-2.5 lens which allowed me to get in close enough to see it in great detail.

Flower Climbing

FlowerClimb

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this insect climbing onto a flower recently. It looks to be some kind of wasp, but I’m not certain. In any case it went on to pollinate the flower before moving on.

Alone in a Tree

HeronTree

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this Green Heron as it was perched in a tree located near a wetland area in Ottawa County, Michigan. The sun was low in the sky and illuminated its feathers. It was hot at 90 degrees and very humid at the time.

Summer’s Wings

Monarch1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Seeing Monarch Butterflies each summer is always a treat. I found this one replenishing its minerals in some gravel recently. I’ve seen more of them this summer that I remember seeing last year. I have heard their habitats have been diminishing, so it’s reassuring to see they are still around.

Balancing Act

DuckDisplay

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this duck relaxing on the railing of a bridge at a local wetland a few days ago. It decided to stretch its wings one at a time while balancing on the opposite leg. I caught the moment before it decided to fly to the water to swim.

Beauty in the Wind

BlueButterflyWindy

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this tiny blue butterfly,  perhaps an inch wide, as it was finding nectar late this afternoon. It was remarkable that the small insect could do so in the very windy conditions that preceded a storm that is expected to come to the area tonight. (Click on this or any of my photos to see an enlarged more detailed view)

 

 

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)

Standing Watch

Heron_Bridge

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Great Blue Heron today watching for prey over a local pond. Fish are among its favorite foods along with frogs. Both are in abundance at the pond it was searching.

 

 

Spectacle in the Air

FlyHeron

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was happy to get very close to this Great Blue Heron today as it was flying in a local wetland area. I saw three more nearby, but this was my favorite flight photo from today. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed version)

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