Category Archives: Macro

Hunting Frost

The day after Christmas started in dense fog here at the coast with the thermometer reading 31 degrees. I went out to a marsh area just after first light to hunt for frost. Surprisingly there wasn’t much to be found. Here are the best of the morning.

Also posted in Frost, Winter 2020

Swallowtail Caterpillar

If you’ve ever wondered what the caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly looks like here it is.  The beautiful mostly-black butterfly is common in my yard but I don’t recall ever seeing its caterpillar.  The caterpillar uses mimicry of eyes and a mouth to look wicked scary to possible predators.  The last two images show the real head of the caterpillar.  Pretty interesting find in my garden yesterday.


Also posted in insects, Summer 2018

A Sweat Bee

I shot this iridescent insect in my garden recently and really didn’t know what it is until I looked it up online.  My belief is that it’s an Augochlora Sweat Bee and I will gladly defer to any entomologists out there who can either confirm or correct my thought.  If it is indeed a Sweat Bee it gets it’s name, according to what I found, because it likes to lick sweat off of arms or legs.   The web passage goes on to assure me that they are fairly passive and “unlikely” to sting.  This was not tested as, thankfully, the bee made no attempt to ingest my sweat.  I love what can be learned online and that by photographing an insect I have seen often in the garden I learned more about it.

Also posted in insects, Summer 2018

Orange Meadowhawk

This dragonfly, an Orange Meadowhawk, is seen regularly in my yard.  I like seeing them for not only their beauty but for the fact that they feed on mosquitoes, flies, and ants among other insects.  I thanked this one for stopping long enough for a quick portrait then off it went to find more protein.

Also posted in insects, Summer 2018

See-Through Moth

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I found this little guy spending his cloudy day resting on a windowpane in my garage.  Love his delicate pattern.

Also posted in Moths, Spring 2017

Making Dew When It rains

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When it rains something like 25 out of the past 30 days one has to work with the conditions that are presented.  This hosta plant offered a rich assemblage of lines, textures and shadows.  Well, at least the rain is good for plants and we photographers have to make dew (ouch)!

Also posted in Black & White, Spring 2016


You never know what you will find when you take a walk in the woods on a fall day.  Thank you Eliot Porter for inspiration many years ago.

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Also posted in Fall 2015

Delaware Bayshore Treasure

There are many remote, peaceful areas along the Delaware shore where one can beachcomb on beaches that rarely see another human visitor.  On these beaches can be found simple, elegant and beautiful things to find in the tide line such as this ribbed mussel shell.  In its weathered, symmetrical still-hinged form I see simple, natural beauty.  There is a slight depression to the left of and below the shell where wave water that deposited the shell washed back to the bay.  This very small shell in a large patch of sand with nothing else around it caught my eye.  The texture, color and hint of the force that put it there was what brought me to photographing it to share. Sometimes it really is the little things in life.

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Also posted in Beach, Fall 2015, Shells

Fungi Season

Cool dampness in the woods brings out the best fungi.  Perhaps not the most beautiful residents of the forest, their pattern and form attracted my eye.  This group surrounded the trunk of a tree in a large ‘colony’, if that is an appropriate term for a large group of funguses.

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Also posted in Fall 2015

Strawberry Bush

I have seen these bright red seed pods in the woods this fall and have found out it is a native eastern woodland plant called strawberry bush.  It is apparent how it got its name.  Apparently deer love it and it is hard to find where there are a lot of hungry deer roaming the woods.  It caught my eye and so I knew to take a macro lens with me in the woods.

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Also posted in Fall 2015, flowers, Wildflowers