Posted by: Phil | December 17, 2017

The flying fox!

I had been waiting for some time in an area of the garden where squirrels abound, hoping to see the fox run after them. In was a sunny day when out of the blue I see a fox come from behind and leap in the air trying to catch the squirrel that was sunning itself on the tree. It was a near miss. This picture was taken in late November.

The flying fox!

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec.

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Posted by: Phil | December 10, 2017

Year of the Dragon.

Every year at the botanical garden we have the Festival of the Chinese lanterns and this year was no different. The theme for this year was the dragon. It was a nice show with incredible colors.

Year of the Dragon.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250, iso 100, f/18, 5.0 sec.

 

Posted by: Phil | December 3, 2017

Strange dragonfly.

This strange picture was taken at the end of September. I was at the end of my stay on that day when I suddenly caught this strange dragonfly. It had what looked like a pelvis! At first i thought that it was an optical illusion but I took pictures from different angles and indeed there was this thing underneath. Was it carrying eggs? I have no idea. Perhaps a genetic mutation. Still strange.

Strange dragonfly.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 320, f/7.1, 1/250 sec.

Posted by: Phil | November 26, 2017

Painted Lady.

This butterfly called the painted lady is part of a group of butterflies that are common and colorful. This picture was taken in mid-September when thousands of these butterflies were stuck in the same area due to the wind currents that forced them to stay for several weeks. I had never seen so many of them in one place.

Painted Lady.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 320, f/9.0, 1/400 sec.

Posted by: Phil | November 19, 2017

Blue jay drinking water in the shade.

This picture was taken in mid-September. I had heard blue jays in the area and sure enough, as I stopped near some puddles of water several of them came to drink. I was lucky to get that one.

Blue jay drinking.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 1000, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.

 

 

 

Posted by: Phil | November 12, 2017

Annual cicada.

I must admit that this insect is an ugly one, but still fun to photograph. In this case, the insect was on a bench in the early morning in early September. These insects produce loud noises. In China these insects are a local delicacy.

Annual cicada.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 160, f/9.0, 1/125 sec.

Posted by: Phil | November 5, 2017

Asleep in the garden.

This picture was taken at the end of July. This little fellow was found asleep at the base of a tree, soaking in the early sun’s rays. It seemed asleep but in fact it would open an eye now and then to see where I was.

Asleep in the garden.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 160, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

Posted by: Phil | October 29, 2017

The heron and the fish.

It was an early Sunday morning in late August. I had been following a heron when suddenly it approached the small stream and took out a fish, and I was there to capture it!

The heron and the fish.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-350 mm, iso 125, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.

Posted by: Phil | October 22, 2017

Canada darner.

I love taking pictures of dragonflies, but they are not easy to capture. As this was in the early morning this one simply would not move from where it was, taking in the sun’s rays.

Canada darner.

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 STM mm, iso 160, f/5.6, 1/320 sec.

Posted by: Phil | October 15, 2017

Strange moth!

I took this picture in early August. It was during the morning and i saw something strange in a bush. I looked closely and saw that it was a moth. I rarely see moths in the morning but this one was really a strange looking one.

Strange moth!

Canon T2i, Canon zoom lens EF-S 55-250 mm, iso 1250, f/7.1, 1/400 sec.

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