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!
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.
I’m going to add the black and white versions, just to see how they compare:
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:
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!
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.
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:
Note sure yet which version I like better.
Backlit leaves are always nice.
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.
There 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.
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.
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.
Ice crystals preserved in a hole in the wood, perhaps made by a beetle grub: