A hover fly on a thistle bloom. These guys aren’t very big, but it gives you a good idea of the kind of image you can get with just the “base” Canon 100mm 2.8L IS lens, with no additional extension tubes, teleconverters, or close-up filters. A real joy of a lens to use!
Alright this is too fun. As I often do, I slipped out of the house very early Sunday morning to get a little birding in. The plan was just to stay in the local area, hoping to find some migrating shorebirds. I headed west of Sioux Falls, and while there were shorebirds scattered around in various locations, I wasn’t having a speck of luck in terms of photographing them.
Macro to the rescue! Not wanting to come home empty handed of photos, I spent an hour or so photographing little critters. While birds may or may not be cooperative, depending upon the day, I’m quickly finding that it’s pretty easy to find a willing subject shooting insects with my macro lens. About 5 minutes after I decided to try to shoot macro, I came across a patch of purple flowers (aster(?), along with some scattered thistle and clover) growing along the side of the road. I pulled over and ended up spending most of the next hour sitting along the side of the road by one small patch of flowers.
A (Consperse?) Stink bug on a thistle bloom. A week ago, before getting the new macro lens, I never would have imagined I’d be out on the internet, trying to identify the exact species of stink bug I was seeing!
Given that I’m still new to shooting buggies, I’m sure I’ll adapt in terms of the kinds of areas I choose to shoot, but for now as I’m learning, it’s hard to beat a nice patch of flowers. There are of course all the different pollinators, and I’m also quickly learning just what a variety of pollinators there are! I’m having a hard time putting a name to a lot of them at this stage, other than “honeybee”, “bumblebee”, or…”buggy-like thing”. The diversity, color, and beauty of these little critters is certainly blowing me away though.
It’s not just pollinators I’m trying to shoot. I’ll gladly take any willing subject that crosses my path. This same flower patch also was chock-full of very young grasshoppers, of at least 2 or 3 different species. Milkweed bugs were around, as were a few other beetles, stinkbugs, ants, and others. A cornucopia of photography subjects! And for the most part, such willing subjects compared to birds!
What started out as a birding and bird photo day, saved by macro buggies! Click on the images for larger views.