Monthly Archives: June 2011

tiny beetle

Another insect from yesterday’s trek through Lake Wissota State park. Click the picture to zoom in and see all of the tiny details.

6-25-2011, 1:18 p.m.

exposure: 1/60 sec

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 150 mm

ISO: 800


how close is too close?

This spider was captured on film my camera’s CMOS sensor at Lake Wissota State park on the Beaver Meadow nature trail. The black flies/gnats were particularly bad today, and hell-bent on committing suicide by flying into human eye balls. I find it ironic that the smallest animals are the most troublesome. There might be one bear attack in all of Wisconsin each year, but nearly every single person who ventures out their front door and passes by a wetland will catch a gnat with their eye or get a red bump from a mosquito/deer fly/horse fly bite.

Other than that the 1 mile walk was good.

A bit about the photo. This spider was found criss-crossing its web (which was invisible) when I discovered it. The first photo is the original resized to 1920 x 1280. The second photo is only 900 x 600, but is 100% crop (meaning 1 pixel = 1 pixel, but since it is resized to 640 x 426 to fit in the post it is more like 1 pixel = 2 pixels – unless you click on the photo to enlarge to 900 x 600; to contrast, the top photo as viewed within the post is 1 pixel = 44.7 pixels of the full size image, but if you click on it then 1 pixel = 5 pixels).

6-25-2011, 1:38 p.m.

exposure: 1/50 sec

f/stop: 7.1

focal length: 140 mm

ISO: 800

you still there?

Another Eastern Hognose. This one was near two-and-half feet long. This guy was quick to play dead, I didn’t even get to see the rattle snake routine and he only flashed his cobra frill for a few seconds before going belly up and writhing.

I left him on an outdoor bench and after a while he began to get curious to whether or not he was still being watched.

6-19-2011, 1:23 p.m.

exposure: 1/160 sec

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 165 mm

ISO: 800

a portrait

Scouting for locations to take wedding pictures (not long now). We found a few good locations in Phoenix Park. This was one of them. It’s just a test shot; so I left it untouched and didn’t wait until the bridge was clear before getting the shot.

6-19-2011, 12:02 p.m.

exposure: 1/160 sec

f/stop: 8

focal length: 130 mm

ISO: 400

little bee

Smaller than a deer fly, this bug is commonly called a “sweat bee”. They don’t often bother humans and can be found near flowers this time of year.

6-19-2011, 12:26 p.m.

exposure: 1/125 sec

f/stop: 6.3

focal length: 115 mm

ISO: 800


A thunderhead moved through tonight a little before night fall. The office of the apartment (spare bedroom) is on the corner of the building, facing West and North. I live on the 3rd floor of a 4 story building in a town where a building above 4 stories simply has not been built yet, nor is it likely ever to be built. Unfortunately, a lot of good cloud to ground strikes were to the West, and there is a 3-1/2 story building across the street from me, which spoiled many potential lightning photo opportunities. The storm did eventually move to the North and pass over Main Street and the down town. At that same time the thunderhead was directly over the apartment, so every time the sky lit up there was no way to know where the strike occurred, whether it hit ground, or if I happened to capture it. With lightning it seems that one has to play “the odds”. I set up my camera in one direction and programmed it to take extended exposure shots one after another. Eventually a lighting strike would have to take place in front of my lens. And so it did.

6-18-2011, 12:24 a.m.

exposure: 20 sec

f/stop: 13

focal length: 25 mm

ISO: 100

Thursday Nights @ Phoenix Park

I was in attendance for one Justin Jay Arnold at 6 p.m. this last Thursday. A free outdoor concert and I finished work at 5:30 p.m. – seemed like a perfect fit. Adelyn Rose and then Michael Perry & the Long Beds followed.

As long as I’m mentioning an artist I like I suppose a few links are in order. For the events at Phoenix Park, check out VolumeOne. For the recordings of Justin Jay Arnold, checkout his Myspace page and give a listen. Right now it looks like he has received 2654 page views since 8/5/2009 and his top listened-to song, “Just Be” has 82 plays.

I think he’s got some solid talent and wish him the best of luck and look forward to some new tunes down the road.

6-9-2011, 6:13 p.m.

exposure: 1/200

f/stop: 9

focal length: 190 mm

ISO: 400