I believe this is a Longjawed Longhorn Beetle
of the family Cerambycid.
Hosts: Citrus, Parkinsonia, Salix, Celtis
Dan (my husband) spied this critter September 29th. We both didn’t know what the heck this critter was. So, I quickly swapped the lens on my camera for the macro and snapped a few pictures for bug identification. After a little research, I discovered the above information.
There are times when our property is covered with an extremely heavy dew. As the sun rises, the land will blaze with sparkling water diamonds. It’s an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. There is a very short time frame to see the dew sparkling. It’s a challenge to take pictures to demonstrate what I am seeing. It’s an even bigger challenge to take macro shots.
Note: This challenge is week 44 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here. Warning! There are 677 pictures in this album. A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 677 people participated this week. By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!
I almost chose this for my 52frames Wabi Sabi submission. What do you think? Should have I gone with this one? In case you missed it, you can see my official submission here.
It’s far from perfect; but, look at all the dew on this spider!
In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō), suffering (苦 ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
Life, uh… Finds a Way
Note: the title is a quote from Jurassic Park (the movie).
I feel that this is a consistency shot since I am not confident about the subject, Wabi Sabi. This is a gravel driveway to an abandoned foundation (for a house) down the street from us. I may be way off the mark (as to what Wabi Sabi is. However, I really liked this shot. This something I normally do not shoot and I found the result quite lovely. I hope you did too.
Note: This challenge is week 43 of the year. To see all the submissions, including mine, go here. Warning! There are 684 pictures in this album. A person can only submit one picture for the week. This means 684 people participated this week. By the way, there are some awesome pictures in that album!
Taken during the week of 52Frames “Shoot From Above” photography challenge.
My husband discovered this lovely garden spider in our barn (shed). She was a decent sized critter.
I went out there on the 3rd with just a flashlight. The first picture is the result.
And, on the 8th, a long extension cord was dragged out to the shed and I used a soft light box to shine a light on the spider. She had remade her web and her center was closer to the opened barn door which made shooting her more difficult. The result is the second picture.
I am undecided on which one is better.
Nonetheless, I am happy to see this spider is thriving as I’ve been missing seeing them around. She is huge (over two inches). She laid a couple of eggs sacs and then moved outdoors.