Acadia National Park   Leave a comment


We spent a week in Acadia National Park, and had a wonderful time.  Not much time for photography, and a lot of that was during the afternoon, when the photos tend to get washed out.  Still a great visit!

Here’s a loon that was nesting.  To be clear, we did stay outside the roped-out area, so as not to disturb it.


There was a Pelecenid wasp at our house, and those are always very photogenic.  Those ovipositors are spectacular!

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I went to photograph a Syrphid fly, and it turns out that there was an elephant weevil in the photograph when I looked at it later.  Embarrassingly, the elephant weevil was in better focus than the Syrphid fly.




I love this photograph of a caterpillar — the perspective works!


Some beetle hanky-panky.  Sorry.  Let’s move on.



As mentioned earlier, the photographs did not do justice to the scenery.  Apologies for that, and it means I need to make another trip.







I went to catch the sunrise at the beach, but missed the peak color by a few minutes.  Here are a few photos that I was able to take.

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I’m going to add the black and white versions, just to see how they compare:

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Posted 2016-08-18 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160614 Mayfly   Leave a comment



We had a welcome visitor on our door.  I love mayflies — please read this blog post.  This one was tired enough to let me take a lot of photographs.  Take a look at this photo, and let me know if you notice anything missing:


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Did you notice that there are no mouthparts?  Many species of mayflies do not eat in the adult stage, and so don’t need mouthparts.  They have one order of business: reproducing.  That’s why their (adult) lifespans are proverbially short — the order is called Ephemeroptera for a reason.

Good luck, buddy!

Posted 2016-06-14 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160612 King Phillip’s Rock   Leave a comment

I hadn’t been to King Phillip’s Rock in a long time.  It’s the best place I’ve found for insects, for whatever reason.

Here’s a gorgeous wasp:


I love scorpionflies for their alien appearance:


I think this is a bee-like tachinid fly:



A beautiful Derbid planthopper:


I like the light in this photo:






There was a stag beetle I was trying to photograph, but it escaped.  As it escaped, it led to a congregation of dozens (maybe hundreds) of click beetles (Elateridae).  I think this was mating behavior, don’t know what else it could be.



This is either a robber fly (Laphria) or a golden-backed snipe fly, with its Elateridae prey.




There was a major infestation of moth caterpillars, perhaps gypsy moths.



Nothing improves my mood like a walk in the woods.

Posted 2016-06-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160423 Moose Hill   Leave a comment

Late spring means, among other things, lots of salamanders. Almost every time I picked up a rock, there was an Eastern red-backed salamander beneath it.




Salamanders are not all you see under logs and rocks.  There were lots of sowbugs — but I didn’t get to see any sowbug-killers, spiders belonging to Dysderidae.


This spider (Linyphiidae?) was hanging around doing some yoga:



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Note sure yet which version I like better.


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Backlit leaves are always nice.

Posted 2016-04-25 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160306 Moose Hill   4 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the camera out for a walk.  Late winter is more like early spring this year.  It’s a season of change.


DSC09913.JPGThere was still snow on the moss in select places, as you can see.  Not sure if I like that photo better, or this one:




There was some kind of cockleburr that was very amenable to macro photographs:




I spent most of my time lying on the edge of a vernal pool.  I got to see some very nice Dytiscid beetles swimming underwater, though I couldn’t get any photographs.  It was still worth getting wet for.

Posted 2016-03-06 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160124 Beaver Brook   4 comments

It’s always nice to go out soon after a snowfall. We didn’t get Snowmageddon, but we had a bad time last year, so we deserved not to.

I cannot believe I’ve never really explored the Beaver Brook trail. I was happy to make good on that today.

I tried hard to capture the feeling of the snow drifting through the air, captured in the sunlight. Can’t say I nailed it, but will keep trying.

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Posted 2016-01-24 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160117 Devil’s Rock   2 comments

This boulder was dragged in by the glaciers thousands of years ago, and is enormous. I was trying to give a feel for its brutal sense of massiveness by not giving the photograph (and the viewer) too much breathing room on the right. I hope it worked.

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Ice crystals preserved in a hole in the wood, perhaps made by a beetle grub:

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Posted 2016-01-17 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized


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