It wasn't until I'd been focused on this for a minute or so that I realized that this isn't a solitary beetle. When the head popped out from considerably lower on the body than I expected, I suddenly figured out that I was interrupting something. That's right, beetle sex. I think. To be perfectly honest I'm not entirely sure how beetles handle the whole reproductive thing and I'm not going to ask either.
Perhaps they were just cuddling. Yeah, that's it. Just a couple of beetles spooning.
It has been remarked that I don't post many pictures of people. Well, there's a very good reason for this. People don't generally react well to having a big camera pointed at them. They get nervous, self-conscious or angry in many cases. And this shot is an excellent example.
Good photographers know how to make people comfortable in front of the camera. This is so far not in my skill set. I promise to work on it though.
Although I can guarantee that my young fan here will be giving me a dirty look the next time I see her. No matter how nice I am to her.
These yellow jackets are actually a lot less happy with my presence than you might think from this photo, if such a thing is possible. As soon as I appeared, the two standing wasps took an obvious defensive stance. They started buzzing their wings, even though they were making no effort to fly. A moment later, several more popped out of their nest.
This is what long lenses on cameras are for. I kept my distance but still managed to get in nice and tight for the shot. I can be fairly reckless about personal safety, but I'm not stupid.
Yes, just very recently I gave you a picture of my cat. And now I'm doing it again. Is it because I've developed a sudden Hollywood style fear of new ideas? No. Am I pandering to the large and vocal cat lovers demographic? No. Is it an attempt to cash in on the public's love for wallowing in the failures of others? Bingo.
My cat has a drinking problem. I've talked to her about this at length but she won't listen. She just keeps going through the same horrible cycle over and over again with the same predictable results. So, maybe this public exposure of her problem will finally push her to get help and make the changes she needs to make to get this problem under control.
We can only hope.
The first shot is of a dead butterfly I found on the side of the road. I'm just full of romance and whimsy with that shot.
The second shot is actually today's photo. Taking photos of tiger lillies is a pain in the ass frankly. The flower is so big and sprawling that getting the whole thing in focus is tough. This time I went with a long lens and stepped way back. That put the background way out of focus but gave me just enough depth of field to keep the flower focused. I was surprised to discover the spider web in the shot after I took it. It had completely escaped my attention prior to that moment.
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