Project Athena - Day 28 (Bugs)

Like a Moth to a Flame

The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame.
He might get burned, but he’s in the game.
And once he’s in, he can’t go back, he’ll
Beat his wings ‘til he burns them black...
No, The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame. . .
The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real,
’Cause Flame and Moth got a sweetheart deal.
And nothing fuels a good flirtation,
Like Need and Anger and Desperation...
No, The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real. . .
— Aimee Mann

Alas, the last day of bugs. This furry little gal (I am sure it is a female cause she was cooperative) posed for me on my very first day out shooting bugs. I know...I am bending the guidelines. Feels good though and I might just do it again.

Yay! A Cooperative Moth

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 36 mm • F/5 • 1/640s • ISO 200 • +4 Macro Filter

Project Athena - Day 27 (Bugs)

Eensy Weensy Spider

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
— Pablo Picasso

Tonight I saw the most amazing swarm of dragonflies performing a beautiful, whirling dance. They were flying all around me, buzzing my head, teasing me with their beauty. I asked them to land so I could capture their essence with my lens. They did not....not a single one of them...even for a second. So I enjoyed their show and got creative for my shot today.

Back Away From My Cherries

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F/5 • 1/25s • ISO 100 • Vivitar Flash with Yellow Filter

Project Athena - Day 26 (Bugs)

Beetles' Piano

Make Music Not War
— Some Wise Being who I would like alot.

Can I just say that I love the Bohemian Foundation! These painted pianos are all over Fort Collins for anyone to sit down and play, (or take their picture). I live in wonderful community where the arts are important, valued and supported. Yay to Loveland/Fort Collins.

This piano is located at the CSU flower garden. So glad I didn't have to chase a tiny flying bug around tonight asking it to pose for me.


Pianos About Town, Fort Collins

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/5 • 1/200s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 25 (Bugs)

Ants Are Really Aliens

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
— Henry David Thoreau

Okay...so I know that ants have all of these amazing qualities that very often get touted as something that humans should aspire to, but look at this guy...HE'S AN ALIEN!

He may be well organized, share his belongings unconditionally, have super ant strength, be well-disciplined and a very cooperative team player...but he still has to live with 10,000 other ants in an incommodious space, rigorously hauling ant stuff all day long through a cramped tunnel with both incoming and outgoing traffic.

How they tell each other apart is beyond me. They all appear to be exactly the same, with exception of the queen of course. Where's the fun in that?

I think I will admire their ant qualities from afar. Besides, they bite. And excavate my patio.

Red Alien (AKA Ant)    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 40 mm • F/5.3 • 1/500s • ISO 400 • +4 Macro Filter

Red Alien (AKA Ant)

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 40 mm • F/5.3 • 1/500s • ISO 400 • +4 Macro Filter

Project Athena - Day 24 (Bugs)

The Beetle We All Love

I love the ladybugs.
— Me

Why do I feel so much joy when I see a lady bug? Somehow, I have come to believe that the ladybug brings good fortune and I know from experience that they are a good insect to have around in the garden. Their color and shape is so appealing that I completely forget they are a beetle. I will actually pick them up ever so gently with my fingers, let them land and crawl on me and then feel somehow fortunate when they do. I talk to them in a sweet voice and even transport them to safety if they are in the path of danger. I can't say I do this for any other beetle. Is that discrimination?


Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 36 mm • F/5 • 1/640s • ISO 200 • +4 Macro Filter

Project Athena - Day 23 (Bugs)

Wishing I could have been a fly on the wall during the discussion of the Supreme Court Justices prior to their new rulings today...

Where there are humans,
You’ll find flies,
And Buddhas.
— Kobayashi Issa

Shifting my focus from macro to micro this week is taking some practice and is well worth the energy. It is really fascinating to examine the details of an insect once it is photographed. They are all unique little creatures with their distinct textures, extraordinary colors, big, big eyes, translucent body parts, and unusual behaviors. I have even discovered additional insects in a photo that I did not see while shooting. Makes me wonder how often I miss things in life cause I am focused on my story....

Fly on a Leaf

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F/5.6• 1/640s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 22 (Bugs)

The Bee's Knees

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.
— Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Today begins the theme of insects and I am including spiders as well...so I'll call it "bugs".

My first day out shooting was both wondrous and challenging since bugs hang out in gorgeous, colorful, fragrant settings but they don't really like to pose for their picture to be taken. They are very busy doing bug things.

I have visions in my head of the pictures that I would love to bring into reality. Time to get creative, stretch my imagination and "make" them happen.

Smiling at all the bugs in the world, except mosquitoes.

Bee on a Flower    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 42mm • F/5.6• 1/640s • ISO 100

Bee on a Flower

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 42mm • F/5.6• 1/640s • ISO 100