You are probably saying right now, “Why am I reading a blog on insects? I don’t even like the creatures, especially in my house!” I used to think that way too. Until I realized how much they benefit us. You already know from KI’s blog last year, how valuable bees are. The two photos included show bees “doing their thing”.
Without them we would not have one third of our crops. My photos of them and other insects are not only a tribute to them, but when a photographer can get up close and personal, these creatures are fascinating to look at. As in the Tiger Swallowtail (butterfly below), they are even beautiful. We, photographers, try to get as close as possible so you all can see the details like bulging eyes, long antennae, furry bodies or translucent wings.
I got a little creative with the Spicebush Swallowtail above. This is a male. In nature, the males are usually the more colorful creatures.
I wonder how that came to be!
Today’s blog includes water scenes like the butterfly on the beach(below) of the Middle Patuxent River, which I live near.
The Red Eared Slider turtle is seen in many ponds, marsh areas and wetlands in this region. I have grown to appreciate these ancient looking water creatures as well. I never had a pet turtle. I think my brother did. They are not as interesting as insects to watch because their behavior is one dimensional, but they are still cool to look at.
Enjoy my photos today! Now you can get my photos on t-shirts. I will be slowly updating my catalog, but if you see a photo you want on a t-shirt, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will add the t-shirt option.