Sunday, July 13, 2008

Slow news weekend

No concerts, no whiz bang action movies, no political or environmental activist events this past weekend. Just steaming away in this amazing heat. 101° actual temp in our backyard yesterday. It's very jungle-y and wild back there.

The sunflowers are nearing their last phase, but still being enjoyed by lots of little birds and occasional bees.

This bee is hanging tough and looking a little ragged on the wings.

This cicada, also with battered wings, was barely hanging on when this pic was taken. MrB moved him off the pavement so he could die in the garden. He's a pretty bug.

A Purple Martin's nest was built right against a wall in a sheltered area of a church. We can't seem to get Martins at the house, even with Martin houses and the bug feast available.

2 comments:

DrDon said...

Cool pics Blue. What kind of camera/lens combination are you using? I'm thinking of getting a macro lens. I've got a Canon 30D and I love macro photography. Plus the macro lenses are nice for portraits too. Good for you trying to rescue poor cicadas, or at least give them a more tranquil death.

Blueberry said...

It's just a little Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W80, 7.2 Megapixels. It has a macro button, which is great as long as the desired subject is easy enough for the camera to distinguish from its background. I had a heck of a time trying to shoot a green mantis on a green plant. Even that one finally worked. Sometimes it zooms in to something in the background or foreground - but hey - I've got nothing but time! Right?
;-)