Category Archives: Macro

Close-up photography.

Foster Botanical Gardens.

Photo of gecko on bromiliad.

Today was President’s Day holiday. The weather was beautiful! Foster Gardens was a little crowded, I usually see fewer than 5 people on the weekend. Today there must have been at least 20 people wandering around the grounds while we were there. I am glad to see people taking an interest! :) The Bromeliad section of the garden has been greatly improved! The “butterfly garden” has filled in nicely. Not much in the way of butterfly action though. There were about 4 or 5 that hung around but seldom landed. The one I was able to photograph looked like it was attacked by an Anole or Gecko — bite taken out of it’s wing. I searched the milk weeds (Crown Flower) for Monarch caterpillars but did not find any. The new green house conservatory is really cool! Lots of orchids, strange air plants, and pitcher plants. It was a good day to photograph! :mrgreen:

Update: Bugz Gallery.

Click to view updated gallery.All this talk about macro photography inspired me to explore the backyard the other day. I found an Agraulis vanillae caterpillar munching away at the leaves of a passiflora vine growing near my fish pond. The caterpillar was just over an inch long but within 15 minutes it managed to devour an entire passiflora leaf which was 3 times as large. WHAT A PIG–LOL! ;-) Please click on the thumbnail to be taken to the updated gallery.

Here come the bugz!

Okay, as I promised in this morning’s post, I have put together a photo gallery of some of my macro photography. As the title states, they are photos of bugs. If you hate bugs, do not view the gallery…stop here.

For the rest of us bug-lovers, I present to you ;-) :

“Backyard Safari”: Scott’s Bugz!

**Oh, wait! Before you view the gallery, I need to give you some basic info. I use Airtight Interactive’s SimpleViewer to auto generate my flash photo galleries. There are three ways to navigate in the gallery: 1) click through the thumbnails on left, 2) click on “forward” or “back” arrows (superimposed on the large images), OR 3) click through the gallery (forward or back) with your scroll wheel!!! By far the coolest aspect of SimpleViewer galleries is this one feature…scroll wheel browsing–BRILLIANT! Ok {end advertisement} please proceed to the gallery. :-) **

Microscopy, the Nikon Way.

I have made it my mission, in photography, to try and capture the “everyday unseen”. One of the easiest ways to do this is to focus on things that the average person does not focus on. Macro photography is the first thing that comes to my mind. Those of you who know me have seen my “bugs”–soon to be uploaded into a gallery here. Well, the folks over at Nikon Microscopic Instruments have been focusing on the unseen (more like teeny-tiny) for many many years now. I happened upon a link to their annual microscopy contest gallery, while browsing GIZMODO, this evening.

Nikon Small World: Gallery and Photo Contest

Please follow the link–you will not be disappointed! Ryan, time to sputter some bugs and fire up that SEM of yours!! :-P