December Road Trip to Florida in 2011: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
On my second day I arrived too early, and the gate to Black Point wildlife drive was still closed. While waiting I got a silhouette image of a Great Blue Heron in flight at dawn. During the day I got a macro image (with a telephoto lens) of a Golden Silk Spider, then a Great Egret in flight. Just before leaving, I spotted a reclusive American Bittern. These birds are hard to spot, since they are so well camouflaged. Even better, this one just caught a fish that appears to be almost too large to swallow. The last time I saw an American Bittern was at the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado.
Daddy Longlegs (actually Harvestmen) on a Moss Covered Log at the Recently Opened Rock Mill Preserve in Montgomery Township New Jersey. Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 160, 32 mm, f/2.5, 1/400 sec).
When I woke up this morning, I saw this large spider on the floor of my bedroom. I haven’t seen spiders of this size in the house recently. I guess that it is finding something to eat. From one view, this spider appears to be working on an ant (or wasp). To get the close up I had to get down low and for one of the images had the camera on the floor and used the “live view” image on the back of the camera to frame and focus. I need to get the wireless with the camera working so I can work from my Surface Pro tablet computer.
While reviewing some images from 6 years ago today, I noticed a spider hiding in a daffodil bloom. It is always fun to go back and review old images – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes to learn from previous mistakes, other times to discover things in the images that I missed. This is one reason that I don’t delete many images.