It is a sin to miss a beautiful fall day in New England. We went to Stony Brook Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary in Norfolk: trees, water, birds and the late evening sun.
Even the ducks know when it’s time to go.
We booked a weekend in Vermont, but were afraid the foliage would be past peak. A surprise for us, the colors were nothing but spectacular.
Leaf, bark and stone
A rockface that I was obsessed with:
From near the top of Mt. Mansfield:
Ninigret Park in Rhode Island
A little experimental: I took a longer exposure of the previous scene (1/3 second) while it was very windy, to get a wavy effect. Enhanced the color curve a bit, but no other editing.
Praying Mantises are fierce predators. I can’t but help notice, however, that they look like complete goofballs.
At Ninigret Beach, there were a lot of birds.
We saw a wasp either laying eggs in a grasshopper, or dragging it back to its burrow to feed the babies. It was identified on BugGuide as Prionyx:
More photos from the backyard.
Candy-striped leafhoppers always put on a show:
Araneid orb weaver (genus Araneus? Neoscona? Not sure).
Not a very clean eater, is it?
You don’t have to go far to see interesting things.
Not a very good photo, but it seems to me to be an ant-mimic spider. Perhaps Corinnidae.
Dreaming of fat and juicy flies, perhaps:
An ambush bug (Phymatinae):
Candy-striped leafhopper, Graphocephala coccinea:
Haven’t had a lot of good insect photos lately, but as always, I’ve enjoyed the search. I don’t fish, so this is my substitute: an excuse to go outdoors and enjoy my time.
This is maybe a sweat bee. I have been trying hard to get good photos of sweat bees, cuckoo wasps or jewel wasps, without a lot of success. This is as good as I have got so far, but it doesn’t really do justice to the iridescent colors.
This is dragonfly season!
I’m not sure what the significance of the “tail-up” pose is. Some seem to believe that it has to do with regulating temperature through sun exposure.
Underneath a rock. Perhaps Amaurobiidae? If so, I would expect to see spinnerets.
Cute little fly outside my house. Perhaps genus Chlorops, but I Am Not An Expert. [Edit: identified by Kai Beck on the Facebook Entomology group, as Lauxaniidae.]
I hadn’t gone out for a walk in the woods for much too long, so it was time. There were a lot of dragonflies, but I couldn’t get close enough to them to use the macro; the zoom would have to do.
Even more macro abstracts:
A large-ish group of deer:
And some of the dragonflies I promised: