Spiders, Insects And Other Late Summer Cool Stuff

We have had some remarkably  beautiful late summer weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this past week. Sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures are not good for the wild mushrooms but have made for some pleasant hiking conditions. I took advantage of them with a few hikes with my macro lens. 

There are not many flowers in bloom now but the ones that are sure are attracting a lot of insects. yellow wild flowers in bloom

The ragweed, a nuisance to many, is a major sources of late season pollen for many species of bees,


yellow jackets and even flies.fly sitting on ragweed

And insects attract spiders. I ran into a few of them on my walks this week, ranging in size from the tiny,gray spider on web

to the large,large spider

and some quite pretty when contrasted with the vivid colors of  the changing leaves,small spiders and shadow on leaf

or on the milkweed pods.long legged spider of milkweed pod

I also saw a lot of species of grasshoppers grasshopper on yellow flower

and ants busy preparing for their long winter sleep. 

There were still a few moth and butterflies fluttering about too, and they also were attracted to the common ragweed.

Most of the photos of the insects shown above where on paths in open woodlands. I also took a few walks in the deeper woods where I found many signs of Fall, including a very good crop of acorns.

I even found an unusual blackish one. 

There were a few mushrooms growing despite the dry weather including this poison pigskin puffball, 

and I believe these  are the beautiful, but deadly destroying angel mushrooms. 

I have come to really enjoy walking with my camera and macro lens. It has allowed me to explore nature from a new perspective. Even a simple leaf has such a complex beauty. close up of leaf

And, with the invention of the internet and social media, I am so glad I can share my discoveries  with so many people here on my blog. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hikes this week.  Macro photographs. 

close up of spiders eyes

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible”Oscar Wilde

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September Hikes With My Macro Lens. More Of Nature Up Close

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. It seems we were just anxiously awaiting the return of the song birds and the first flowers of Spring.  Seasons change so quickly it seems. It is almost fall now and here in Northeastern Pennsylvania late summer brings mushrooms. red top or aspen scaber bolete mushroom

I was out looking for red tops. or aspen scaber bolete,  (a nice specimen shown above)  these past few days. Like most mushroom foragers, I don’t  reveal my favorite spots, so rather than give hints to where I was,  I took took my camera with a macro lens to share some more of nature close up. close up of yellow jacket on leaf

The first thing I noticed, due to the cool weather we’ve been having, it was in the low 40’s a couple of mornings,  was the reduced activity of the insects.close up of wasp on leaf

I found many wasps, bees and yellow jackets almost motionless on the leaves and flowers on my walk. And I noticed many ladybug beetles also almost in a dormant state in the early morning cold. close up of lady bug beetle on leaf

But  many, including yellow jackets  are still active as the day warms up, especially when you step on their nest, as I did and got stung on my shin. Ouch!close up of yellow jacket on leaf

 My search for red tops mushrooms brought me to areas of new forest growth with younger, pine, aspen and birch trees. And, what my dad called  ‘mushroom bushes” also know as sweet fern. Here is a close up of a sweet fern leaf already changing colors as the summer ends. . sweet fern leaf

It has been dry and I was disappointed to find only a few mushrooms growing, mainly pigskin puffballs, or what my dad called, “shoe polish”. This one was too old to cut in half and explain the reason for that name, but, stay tuned, I will demonstrate in a future posts. close up of poison pigskin mushroom

I also found some more unusual objects on my walks, including this oak gall, created from hormones injected by a wasp when it lays it’s eggs on a oak leaf. Pretty fascinating. oak gall

And not sure if I should get into this, but it is part of nature, I found, what I think is bear do do on the ground. Not positive but if any one knows please comment.possibly bear droppings

I do know this is deer do do and deer droppings

and this white substance on this leaf was droppings left by an unknown bird.bird dropping on a leaf

Well onto something more appealing, some left over blueberries,close up of blueberries

and some chokeberries. I just learned these berries, which we were taught were poisonous,  were one of the staple foods of Shoshone Native American tribe. chokeberries up close

And the oaks also had plenty of acorns this year. close up of acorn

As I wrote in my post from my hike last week, there were still some flower in bloom or about to bloom.    close up of wild flower bud

I didn’t find a lot of mushroom but it is always nice to roam the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania with my eyes peeled, you will always uncover some of the beauty of nature.  It is raining as I type, hopefully there will be more mushroom pictures in my next post. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hikes. Macro photographs. 

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einsteingrass up close

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Dragonflies, Birds And A Lot Of Other Cool Stuff At The PPL Wetlands.

I spent a lot of last weekend, as i have been doing more and more these days,   exploring the trails at the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands. Located  in Salem Township on the eastern edge of Luzerne County , these wetlands are next  to the the Susquehanna River here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. trees along Susquehanna River

I guess I am somewhat of a creature of habit and know I will always find some interesting mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird or insect here and I love spending time in the woods at the wetlands  looking  for them. woodlands in PPL wetlands

It was a cloudy and cool morning last   Saturday  with some thunderstorms in the forecast so I decided to walk the trails in the wetlands with my fixed 400 mm lens knowing I would be limited in photographing objects such as birds, insects and animals from afar. cardinal perched in tree

It was a good decision since the overcast skies and cooler morning temperature seemed to encourage a lot of wildlife activity. I observed this cardinal high atop a tree as I drove in the wetlands. cardinal in flight

I saw a few wood duck chicks  scamper into  cover along one of the canals only getting a photographs of this last one of the bunch. wood duck swimming in duckweed covered pond

And I caught this groundhog also scampering into the safety of the brush as I approached. 

There trees were filled with the song of birds including this hooded warbler. hooded warbler perched on branch

And a number of song sparrows. song sparrow in grass

and flycatchers. flycatcher on branch

As I walked along the trails I cam upon this great blue heron. My previous blog posts contains more comments on my encounter with this beautiful bird and here is a link to some more photographs. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/birds-of-pennsylvania/nggallery/birds-of-pennsylvania/great-blue-heron-PPL-wetlands-July-8-2017great blue heron in wetlands

I heard the  deep  bellowing croaks of the bullfrogs as I walked through the wetlands but couldn’t get a photograph of any of them. The many turtles on the banks and logs weren’t as elusive. three turtles on a log

I came across a family of geese feeding on some vegetation growing along one of the canals of the wetlands.three canada geese feeding in wetlands

And saw a  green heron, a smaller relative of the great blue heron,  along Lake Took-A-While. green heron on  a lake

And some woodpeckers were also looking  for a meal, including this hairy or downy woodpecker I have a difficult time telling them apart. ,hairy or downy woodpecker on tree

and this red-bellied woodpecker. I also saw two  pileated woodpecker but they flew off before I could capture a photograph.red-bullied woodpecker on branch

The clouds broke and, as the sun warmed it up the dragonflies became  active and I was able to photograph a few of these colorful and intriguing creatures.

I spent a few more hours roaming the wetlands than I had planned but , for a nature lover like me, it sure was worth it.  Here is a link to a few  photographs of the many things I saw on  my hike last Saturday . http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-July-8-2017-young song sparrow on tree

I returned to the wetlands early Sunday, which was a sunny, cooler and less humid day and started my hike along the Susquehanna River.  I walked the ancient trees and took in the sunlight filtering from the canopy of leaves on what was once a Native American path known as the Great Warrior Trail. sun filtering through leaves

I have written a few blog posts about this trail and they can be found by searching my blog archives.  trees along Susquehanna River

I decided to drive to the Riverlands section of the preserve, and hike another section of the Great Warrior Trail that I have never been on before. signpost for Great Warrior Trail

It begins at the eastern edge of the PPl Riverlands and proceeds east and north between the Susquehanna river and Route 11. 

The trail started  following  an old railroad track.  It soon left the deep woods of the wetlands and riverlands and, with the more open areas, had many  of the familiar wild plants of northeastern Pennsylvania growing along the trails, such as  common mullein, milkweed, pokeweed, touch-me nots  and burdock, shown here.  These plants were much larger here, growing in the rich soil near the river, than the ones that grow near my home and in poor clay soil on the high ridges where I am located. burdock growing along trail

The trail left the railroad tracks and proceeded along a small pond.pond along trail

I stopped and enjoyed this wonderful scene and imagined the many happy memories the folks who used the dock to dive in and swim in this pond over the years. pond with trees and flowers

I continued along the trail but will be honest and say it was too close to the traffic of Route 11 for my liking.  There were plenty of wildflowers along the way such as these daylilies,close up of day lily flower

and a lot of the common birds found in these, in these roadside areas, such as the robins, catbirds and, of course the red-winged blackbirds. red winged blackbird on branch

However, I think the trail was to close to the traffic and human activity to allow any  observation of the more shy wildlife found in the deeper woods and wetlands. So, I decided to return to the wetlands. It was still a pleasant hike  for folks just wanting to get outdoors and certainly worth exploring. Great warrior trail

When I returned to the wetlands I decided to walk along the shores of Lake- Took-A-While with my macro lens and try and photograph some of the many dragonflies now skirting along the water. 

They are so many different species of these ancient insects, each with their distinct colors. dragonfly on twig

And even members of the same species each have their own unique patterns of color. I could spend an entire day observing them. Here is a link to some more photographs of some of the dragonflies I observed.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-dragonflies-July-9-2017-dragonfly on twig

I also took some photographs of the plants along the wetlands with my macro lens, which always look so different looked at up close.macro photo of plant

This is a leaf from a corn stalk. Here is a link to some more photographs taken with my macro lens. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-macro-July-9-2017

Again, I spent a few more hours than I wanted to at the wetlands, but,  I sure enjoyed it. I love the Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike out the wetlands and riverlands last Sunday. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-and-Great-Warrior-Trail-July-9-2017-



“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein


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The Change, It Has Begun. A Late Summer Hike With My Macro Lens.

I headed back out to Community Park on another beautiful late Summer afternoon in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Still no bald eagle sighting but an enjoyable hike with my macro lens. macro-hike-18

There aren’t many flowers blooming this time of year but i found a few, including this one I have never seen before. macro-hike-1

And, without an abundance of flowers in bloom there are a lot fewer insects flying about. But I did manage to see, and photograph a few. macro-hike-2

I was surprised to see a couple of dragonflies still darting about, and you can see from the way this critter’s wings have deteriorated,  that they won’t be flying much longer. macro-hike-19

And like the dragonflies, the leaves are also showing signs of deterioration , and are beginning to show their Fall colors. macro-hike-9

It won’t be long now until all of the leaves join in the annual display of color.  macro-hike-10

The ducks and geese were still on the water and I came across a few feathers they have left on the shores of the lake. macro-hike-28

It was a pleasant evening but ended a lot earlier than it does at the beginning of Summer as we continue to lose a few minutes of daylight every evening and morning. We still have one week of Summer left and I am going to enjoy every last minute of it. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike tonight. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-hike-September-13-2016macro-hike-3


When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.     Sarah Helen Whitmanmacro-hike-26

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Up Close And Far Away: Macro And The Moon. Both Perspectives Are Beautiful In Their Own Way.

I have still been busy at the office, and it has still been hot here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so I haven’t been on any long hikes or adventures, but still a lot to see, even near  your own backyard. macro -28

I walked about a block from my house yesterday with my macro lens and was, again, amazed at the variety of insect life I was able to find. macro -25

There are not a lot of flowers in bloom this time of year, but the bees, wasps, flies and other insects sure found they ones that are blooming. I found hundreds of insects visiting a patch of mint flowers. macro -15

It seems every time I walk with my camera and macro lens I find a new insect I have never seen before. yesterday it was this unusual fly. Here is a link to some more photographs of the insects I saw near my house. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Macro-insects-August-18-2016-macro -27

It was a cloudy evening, and the clouds prevented me from watching the full moon rise, but I set my alarm , and awoke in the middle of the night and was treated to a cloud shrouded moon while I was serenaded by a chorus of katydids and crickets. full moon -6

It was a magical evening. Here is a link to some more photographs of the full moon. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Full-Moon-August-19-2016-full moon -12

It was cloudy and a bit cooler this morning, but the sun broke through the clouds and it got hot. I decided to leave the office a bit early and headed to the PPL Riverlands with my macro lens. macro-1

Once again I enjoyed the complexity and beauty of nature up close. It is an entirely new world.Here is a link to some more potogrpahs from my walk.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/PPL-Riverlands-macro-walk-August-19-2016macro-17

Here, like my yard, I found only a few flowers in bloom, but the one that were, attracted moths, butterflies and insects.macro-18

There are now more berries and seeds being produced by the many plants that bloomed earlier in the summer and in spring. macro-14

And,of course the ponds, canals and lake were active with the darting and hovering of the many species of dragonflies.macro-34

I could spend hours, probably days, watching and photographing these beautiful creatures. macro-30

They have been flying through the atmosphere of our planet before the dinosaurs walked the Earth. Here is a link to some more photographs of the dragonflies, which also can be found in my photograph albums page of my blog. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Dragonflies-PPL-Riverlands-August-19-2016-macro-36

Even though the summer heat has caused the birds, amphibians, reptiles  and mammals to become quiet and inactive there is still plenty of beauty in the warm days of summer if you look up or down and keep your eyes peeled. macro-22


I am the dragonfly rising on the wings of unlocked dreams on the verge of magical things.” – Aimee Stewartmacro-35






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The Insects Don’t Seem To Mind The Heat

It was another hazy, hot and humid day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania yesterday. Temperatures again hovered in the mid 90’s. I decided to stay close to home, and took a few shorter hikes in the heat, the first at the local Rails to Trails, with my macro lens. Insects -15

There are not many flowers in bloom now, but the many species of insects sure were able to find those that were.  It was amazing to see the many types of insects attracted to the queen anne’s lace growing along the trail.Insects -23

The most common now were the many types of grasshoppers. They seemed to be everywhere. Insects -5

The beautiful thistles are also blooming now. And they too attracted many insects, including these beautiful moths. Insects -42

It is amazing how many different types of bees and wasps there are in our area. I tried to photograph a very small, thin and unusual wasp but they would flee at the slightest move. Insects -11

And I came across these unusual insect, it seems to be some type of mantis with those large  pincers .  Here is a link to some more of the photographs from my morning hike. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Insects-macro-August-13-2016-Insects -31

I walked for about an hour in the heat, returned home for some water and a break, and then decided to take another hike out to one of our many local parks and lakes, this one only a few mile from my home, Lake Irena at the Community Park in Hazle Township. Insects  community Park -1

It was now midday and the heat was intense but there were still a lot of folks enjoying the shade of the old oak trees and having a picnic or just getting out of the sun. The insect, however didn’t mind the heat or sun. Insects  community Park -9

I first walked along the shore  of the lake, and found plenty of dragonflies darting about. I didn’t want  to stand in the hot sun to try and get close ups, that will wait for some cooler weather. Insects  community Park -15

Again I saw a lot of grasshoppers jumping about and this poor fellow who jumped into the lake. He was really struggling and seemed to look at me for help, well probably not, but I helped him get out of the water anyway. Insects  community Park -11

And this strange insect flew into the frame of my glasses and didn’t want to leave. Insects  community Park -8

I left the lake, to get out of the intense heat and sun, and walked along a path under some ancient oak trees. The shade was refreshing, and  the many mushrooms I found growing there, also seemed to appreciate it. Insects  community Park -2

The heat was exhausting so I left the park. I really enjoyed having an up close look at nature and the world of the insects and may do it again today. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk at Community park. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/-Community-Park-macro-August-13-2016-

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“In summer the empire of insects spreads.”
― Adam ZagajewskiInsects -32


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Hazy, Hot And Humid: A Short Walk As Summer Arrives In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

We finally got my  favorite kind of  Summer weather here  today, hazy, hot and humid. It was mostly sunny with temperatures nearing 90 degrees. I didn’t get to enjoy all of it,  I had a long day at the office and didn’t get home until late in the afternoon. When I did, I  immediately grabbed my camera and macro lens and took a walk near home in the late afternoon heat.macro   -4

As I walked to the ponds near my house I knew Summer was advancing by the blooming of the pugnet wild herb tansy.  This invasive species was brought here from Europe as a medicinal herb and now grows wild along our roadsides.macro   -2

I also came across some  queen anne’s lace, another sign that it is Summer in our areamacro   -3

As I got into the woods I found some wild raspberries which were beginning to ripen. My dad and I enjoyed these tasty treats provided by mother nature.macro   -11

The black berries are a few weeks from ripening but it looks like there will be a good crop.macro   -7

The day lilies, another invasive species that escaped cultivation, are now blooming along the roadsides and trails.macro   -8

As is the delicate touch me not flowers. The crushed flower is a folk remedy for insect stings and bites and, having used it many times, I can say it works. macro   -14

I think the late afternoon heat had many of the insects avoiding the late afternoon heat and I didn’t see many bees, wasps or other insects on the many wild flowers now blooming in the area. The comfrey usually attracts many bees but only a few today. macro   -10

I did see a few dragonflies and damselflies on my walk. macro   -24

And this pretty moth.macro   -22

The leaves have lost their bright green colors of Spring but are still so complex, delicate and beautiful when viewed up close with the macro lens. macro   -18

And looking at the leaves I found this young snail under the shade of a leaf, avoiding the intense sun. macro   -26

So much to see so close to home. I am sure I would have found many other wonders of the natural world had I more time to walk, but it was late and I was hungry so I headed home. Our heat wave will continue for a few days and I hope to get out and enjoy my favorite Summer weather. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-july-6-2016macro   -13


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Henry Jamesmacro   -6


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June From A Different Perspective; A Look At The insect World.

I took advantage of the cool but pleasant weather we’ve been having  these past few days  to walk near my home with my macro lens after I got home from work. I love looking at the natural world up close. The complexity is so beautiful as can be seen by this newly formed blackberry. macro -1

I was looking  to photograph the many insects we often walk by and hardly notice, .  It’s amazing the  many different species  that  are living with  us. and we never notice them macro -13

I found quite few insect on the many daisies that are now blooming along the paths in the woods near my house. macro -5

I have seen some of them before like this beatle. macro -3

And others, like this one, I saw for the first time. macro -11

I have also seen this small white spider that  seems to only live on daisies. It blends in with the white petals and is very hard to find. macro -21

I also found this tiny spider hiding on some flower petals.  It truth is remarkable how the blend in with the flowers. macro -2

I also found this tiny spider, yes it’s a spider, I had to look twice too. And it was a very quick one, disappearing as I tried to get a better photograph.macro -8

And the moths and butterflies are starting to appear. Again I  am not good at identifying the names of the  these moths, but I do know they are beautiful and delicate and I  enjoy seeing them fluttering in our woodlands again. macro -4

It won’t be long until the monarch and swallowtail butterflies appear.macro -13

It was very windy these past few days so there weren’t many dragonflies and damselflies darting through the air but i did find a few perched on leaves and branches. macro -17

I love finding and photographing these delicate creatures. I could spend hours watching them. macro -15

I was only in the woods a short time and still found such a wide variety of insects. All of them, even the many types of flies, so different and yet amazing looked at up close. macro -6

I wish I had more time to discover more of  these  often overlooked creatures  which are  still a part of  our natural world. So much  to see  in these warm months, birds, animals, trees, flowers, and yes, even the insects. here is a link to some more photographs I  took on my hikes. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-hikes-june-910-2016macro -14


“In summer the empire of insects spreads.”
Adam Zagajewskimacro -17





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June Days: Dragonflies And Daisies.

All Winter long I look forward to Spring. I love the re-awakening of Nature every year.  March, April and May are beautiful months.  But June has always been my favorite.  And it’s not just because it’s the month I celebrate my birthday.  macro-12

I love the long days and the high angle of the sun in the sky. I also like the fresh greenness of the new leaves on the plants and trees and the many flowers that start to bloom. macro-1

I have been walking out near some ponds and wetlands after work these past two days and took my macro lens along to capture, up close, some of June’s beauty. And it didn’t talk long. Even the common hawkweed looks exotic and beauty went looked at through the macro lens. macro-1

I found these goblets which, in a few months will grow into wild grapes. macro-3

The comfrey is in full bloom now but it is alarming that there are so few bees pollinating these flowers.  In the past these flowers were covered with bees. Not this year. Sad.macro-10

I was glad to see a lot of dragonflies hovering about the ponds and wetlands. I love watching these ancient insects. macro-7

The dragonfly spends a portion of it’s life in the water as a nymph. When they mature they crawl out of the water and emerge from their old skin as a dragonfly. I found this empty shell of a dragonfly nymph.macro-10

I came across this spider, one I have never seen before. macro-8

And I  saw a few of these moths feeding on the wild rose and blackberry blossoms. macro-15

And I spotted this little fellow, a toad,  on the ground. macro-2

So much to see in June, but one of my favorite sights is the first daisy. I have loved these flowers since we sang about them when i was in the first grade. it seems just like yesterday. daisies -4

In my opinion, nothing shouts “Summer is coming” as the appearance of these delightful flowers. Here is a link to more photographs of some daisies I saw on my walks. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-daisies-june-2016daisies -2

I could spend my entire day outdoors this time of year, admiring all of the beauty that surrounds us, from the birds, trees, flowers and even the simplest newly sprouted leaves. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my walks. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walks-june-2016macro-22


If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~Vincent Van Gogh~Daisies -22

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Another Up Close Look At The Beauty Of Spring.

We have finally had some Summer-like weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania these past few days and it has resulted in a spurt in the growth of the plants, trees and flowers. macro-5

I took a few walks with my macro lens to once again capture the beauty of May  from an insect’s perspective. macro hike -18

For a few days I was very alarmed to not find any bees at the rhododendron flowers which are now starting to bloom. macro hike -6

I have been noticing fewer and fewer bees and other insects for a few years now and this year walked for two days and didn’t see a single bee. Thankfully, yesterday I finally saw a few buzzing about the beautiful rhododendron flowers gathering the first pollen of the year to feed their hive. macro-9

I am hoping the wet and cool Spring weather we had delayed their appearance and that they once again are busily pollinating the flowers as they should. We would be in a lot of trouble if they didn’t. macro-15

I found some tiny  blueberries or,  as we call them around here huckleberries, just starting to develop. i learned,  from photographing them up close, that the seeds form first and the fleshy fruit we eat grows around them. Very  interesting.macro-11

It is amazing how delicate and intricate almost all of the plants, leaves and flowers are when viewed up close. macro hike -25

Even the dreaded poison ivy leaves have a beauty to them when viewed through with a macro lens.macro hike -10

I did see my first dragonfly on one of my walks but wasn’t able to get a photograph. There should be a lot more of them with the onset of the warm and humid weather. I also saw a few moths and butterflies hovering about the flowers in the fields and woods. macro hike -32

And even the ordinary wasps and flies have a strange beauty when viewed up close. macro hike -41

All of our plants and trees have now set forth their leaves, even the oaks, always the last to  last to leaf and the last to lose them in the Fall. macro hike -27

On my way home I visited my mom’s peony plants and again found them covered with ants. macro hike -16

There are so many objects to photograph in the woods, gardens  and fields near my house that I  could spend days just roaming them with my macro lens. But then I wouldn’t get to see, photograph and share the many beautiful landscapes and wildlife that inhabits them.macro hike -34

I do know this for certain, I will never be bored in the Spring, Summer or Fall here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my hikes with my macro lens. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-flowers-and-insects-may-25-26-2016macro-12


“Look around you…Feel the wind, smell the air. Listen to the birds and watch the sky. Tell me what’s happening in the wide world.” macro hike -11
Nancy Farmer





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