Today's photo is a shot of a snowflake placed on a blue background. The snowflake was cleaned up in Photoshop to repair one of the broken branches and then cut out and placed on a blue background to make the details of the snowflake more visible. This snowflake is called a stellar dendrite snowflake. It has a small plate star attached to the lower left branch.
Today's image is a composite of several of my photos used to create a fantasy scene. It is my first real attempt at using multiple images together to create an entirely new image. If you enjoy my work, feel free to share with your friends and leave me a message if you wish. Don't forget to explore some of my work in the nature photography section where you can view a variety of my nature and wildlife photos.
Today's photo is an image of dewdrops on a spider's web. This photo was taken in early June of 2016. The web was created by a grass spider (Agelenopsis species). You may notice these webs on the lawn in the early morning during the summer. The web is sheet-like and ranges from a few inches to a foot or more and has a tiny tunnel to the side. The spider hides inside the tunnel until insects land on the web and then rushes out to grab them. These webs look gauzy or lacy and are typically covered with dedrops in the early morning.
Today's photo is a composite of a pair of ruby throated humingbirds hovering around honey clover (Melilotus albus*). These tiny birds return to Maine in May and stay throughout the summer, leaving before the first frost in the fall. The male hummingbird has an iridescent gorget that turns ruby red in the sunlight. It is absent in females. Juveniles look similar to the female, but may have one or two dark (or red) feathers under the chin. The hummingbird in this photo is probably a juvenile hummingbird and not a female, based on the dark spot under the chin. Hummingbirds are active throughout the day, but are most active in early morning and late evening.
Today's photo is a female sweat bee (Halictidae) gathering pollen on a St. John's Wort flower. This tiny bee ranges in color from blue to green and sometimes purple, but the green sweat bee is most common in Maine. It looks metallic in the summer sun. The sweat bee is not aggressive and only stings if it is handled, but it is attracted to the salt and moisture in human sweat. Female sweat bees carry pollen on their hind legs, but males do not. You can find sweat bees in gardens and along roadsides throughout the summer.
Today's photo is a blue jay catching an ant. I took this photo last summer when I noticed the blue jay hopping around in my raised bed. I couldn't imagine what he was doing until I captured him catching ants.
Today's photo is waterdrops on a rose leaf. This photo was taken in the early morning last summer. The green in the background is from the grasses and plants behind the rose bush. Waterdrops on plants and flowers often reflect the background or the sky, but the reflected image is always upside down.
Today's photo is a frozen soap bubble. I shot this in my backyard with the temperatures in the low 20's. This one is shot with a macro lens, but you do not need a macro lens to shoot them. The ice cystals inside the bubble form a new design every time, so no two frozen soap bubbles are the same. I liked this one because of the variety of shapes it contains.
Today's photo is a solitary snowflake dangling from the edge of a the snow on my birdfeeder. This image picked up the soft blues from the snow and shadows in the background. According to CalTech, this type of snowflake is the most common and is easily visible with the naked eye. It is called a Stellar Dendrite Snowflake. Dendrite comes from the Greek, meaning "tree-like" describing the branching formation of this snowflake. This is the classic shape that many people associate with snowflakes, but snowflakes come in many shapes and sizes.
Today's photo is a solitary hemlock cone. It was taken last summer in the wooded area behind my home shortly before sunset.The soft colors in the background are from the rays of the sun filtering through distant trees. This photo always gives me a sense of peace and tranquility and reminds me of the natural beauty found in the woods.