Week 16 – Becky

Honey Bee | Nature Photographer | AristNamedBec
Honey Bee

We found out this past week that we had honey bees building a honeycomb in our eaves on the second floor.  We were hoping the bee keeper could take them alive but unfortunately that was not the case.  He sprayed them for us.  My husband and son opened up the eaves to find those bees had been very busy indeed.  There were 1000+ bees up there.  You could smell the honey.  Such a shame it had to end that way.  This is one of the worker bees that had fallen off the roof and was walking around.  I just cropped and sharpened.  Shot with Nikon D300s and 105mm lens.  My settings were iso400, f5.6 and 1/160sec.


Week 15 – Robin

Mad Cow

I saw this cow driving home it looked slightly crazed and a little scary. I had to capture it. I am glad there was a fence between us. 🙂

Settings were 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 200

I cropped, cloned out the barbed wire and made some minor adjustments in Photoshop.

Week 15 – Becky

Garden photography | Nature Photographer
Green Lynx Spider

Lately I never have time to go anywhere to take photos.  So when I can’t go someplace then I walk around my yard looking for something new to take a photo of.  The backyard is full of critters that if I walk around long enough I find something.  I had a few insects to took a photo of that I have never posted before.  I settled on this little green spider.  As I was taking its photo its arms spread a little bit wider.  Eeeeek!  I shot with really high ISO because I wanted to take the shot and run.  Cropped in pretty tight.  I shot with my Nikon D300s and 105mm lens.  Had the camera set to manual focus so I could practice focusing while hand holding.

Settings ISO3200, f10 and 1/320sec.

Week 15 – Judy

Week 15
Ok, Here’s the Hare

Another shot from our camping trip. There is a small wetland near the campground. I saw this little marsh rabbit hanging out in the reeds. So cute!

My settings were ISO 100, f/8, 1/15 sec at 300mm (70-300mm). A little cropping applied.

Week 14 – Judy

Week 14
Tortoise, without the Hare

Went camping near Stuart, FL for a week. This Gopher Tortoise had its den near our campsite. It was very skittish and difficult to get a photo of it without it rushing inside its den.  I laid down on the ground for several minutes so I wouldn’t scare him before I moved to take a shot. Finally got a couple of good up close shots.

My settings were ISO 100, f/8, 1/200 sec at 229mm (70-300mm).

Week 14 – Robin


Red-winged Blackbird on Cattails

A red-winged blackbird in it’s favorite habitat. Taken at Click Ponds in Viera, FL on a very windy Sunday afternoon.

Settings were 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 100

Week 14 – Becky

Can you guess?
Can you guess?

Macro abstract mood today.  My settings were iso200, f36, and 1/8sec.  Shot 105mm lens on my Nikon D300s.  Looking forward to the guesses 🙂

UPDATE: Both your guesses are wrong.  Sorry.  Close up of heavy weights.  My son has me benching with him 🙂

Week 13 – Robin

Burrowing Owl Pair

A pair of burrowing owls taken on my drive home from work. I had seen the male on the fence a few times and found them together one afternoon. I haven’t seen them lately, though. 😦 Maybe they moved their burrow to a safer location away from people. 🙂

I had to keep my distance so I wouldn’t freak them out…a heavy crop was needed.
Settings were 1/800s, f/4.0. ISO 100.

Week 13 – Becky

Mocking Bird, ArtistNamedBec, Nature, Bird
Busy Mommy

This female mockingbird is busy making a nest in our backyard bush.  She put it in a very good spot.  Took me a bit to find it.  I had a step ladder and was able to glance inside to see if there were any eggs.  Then my ladder started to tip and I figured it is best I get down since it would not have ended well for me.  For you see, this bush is very thorny.  🙂

Shot with Nikon D300s and 105mm lens.  Settings iso400, f4.0 and 1/800sec.

Week 13 – Judy

Week 13
Wait for Me!

We have a family of Sandhill Cranes in our neighborhood. This little one was busy looking for bugs in the grass when all the sudden he realized he was quite a distance from his parents and its sibling, so he took off running. 🙂 They are so cute!

My settings were ISO 200, f/8, 1/160 sec at 300mm (70-300mm). Applied Topaz Adjust Clarity filter and brushed out everything, but the bird.