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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Some of Your Beeswax

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Front Porch Portrait

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Spider

Dripping with Passion


Spider Web, Wet, Covered with Dew, Web, Dripping, PurpleOn a foggy morning, moisture clings to a spider web. I love how the tiniest drops can form on the thinnest of web fibers.

This is a companion to another image taken the same morning that I posted earlier.  (Connect the Dots)  The first one was photographed with a black background. This one had a maroon background because this spider web was draped from the door to the side mirror of my old van.

This is some of my first work with extension tubes – a lens attachment used in macro photography.  I need to work on sharpness.  This image is not quite as sharp as I want it to be, but it was interesting enough to share.

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Rose Futures

Rose Futures

My wife’s little rosebush has been very prolific this year. Look closely. There’s a tiny spider waiting for this cluster of buds to bloom.

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Web Warlord


Spider, Web, Macro, Arachnid
I spent a summer morning walking though the woods in Missouri trying to find a large spider. It wasn’t easy, but I did locate this big fella. I don’t know what kind of spider it is. Its body was equal to the size of the end of my index finger. It was just waiting for something to disturb the intricate fibers of its realm.

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Alien Presence

Spider, Wildflower, Yellow, Green, Crab Spider, Hidden
Doing its best to blend in with the simple beauty of this wildflower, a stealthy crab spider awaits an unsuspecting victim.

I love watching the viewers reaction to shots like this.  At first you see the beauty of the flower. An instant later, your brain registers the spider. How did you respond?

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Tiny Surprise

Danger lurks here!  When I took this photo on a walk through the woods, I saw only a nice collection of wild violets. It wasn’t until I viewed this image on my computer that I noticed the tiny crab spider hiding in the bloom on the left.

Crab spiders don’t make webs.  They hide, often in flowers, waiting for unsuspecting insects to be drawn by the flower’s nectar or pollen.

I’ve posted photos of crab spiders before – even with a short video of one trying grab lunch – that can be viewed HERE.

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Pick Your Poison

Wasp, Spider, Bugs, Insects, Together, Macro, Yellow Jacket

On a cool fall day, I uncovered my barbecue grill and found a large spider clinging to the grill cover.  The moment I spotted it, I ran into the house…to grab my camera, of course. As I was taking photos of the spider, a wasp buzzed into the shot. (An insect photo bomb!)

I took several shots of the pair before the winged one flew off. While together, they seemed to get along just fine; no signs of tension or animosity.

I’m not sure I’ve ever photographed a more unlikely pair…a more menacing pair…a more dangerous duo.

No insects, arachnids or photographers were injured or harmed in the production of this image.

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A Spider Beside Her

This is a bit of vintage Pops Digital. This is another image that I found that I haven’t shared on this blog yet.

This is one of those accident shots. I was crouching in the garden, trying to get a good shot of this huge Garden Spider and just as I snapped the image, Sara, my wife stepped into the shot.  She didn’t even know I was there.

This photo was selected as Photo of the Day by Earthshots.org

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Guarding the Beauty

This is kind of a beauty-and-the-beast image.  The Dianthus flowers in our yard caught my eye.  As I moved in to take the shot, the little crab spider made himself known. I didn’t see him until I was right on top of him.  I backed off…then moved in…then backed off…then moved in.  When I moved in, he would take an aggressive stance.  When I backed off, he would relax.  Whatever his strategy was, it must have worked well since, judging by the girth of his tiny frame, I’d say he hadn’t missed any meals.

This photo was taken several years ago with my old Kodak camera. A little “vintage” Pops Digital for you.

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Found on the Web

Let me introduce you to a web master. Spider web, that is. This beauty is commonly called a Yellow Garden Spider. The technical name is Argiope Aurantia. They are common in most of North America. We have them in our garden and flower beds each year. This one was photographed while on vacation last summer in Missouri. I saw the spider web and spider with a background of yellow wildflowers and thought it created an interesting visual.

Here are some interesting facts about Argiope Aurantias from the University of Arkansas Anthropod Museum

Females build large webs, up to two feet in diameter. The female usually eats her web each day and constructs a new one, often in the same place. The web consists of dry spokes supporting a spiral thread of adhesive silk. The hub is separated from the spirals by a free zone. The spiders rest head down day and night at the hub of the web over a conspicuous zigzag band of bright white noncapture silk known as a stabilimentum. The stabilimentum apparently affords protection, perhaps by camouflaging the spiders, startling predators, or acting as an aposematic warning of the presence of webs. It seems to be especially effective in preventing birds from flying through webs.

For another view of the same type of spider, see my earlier post :  By A Thread.

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