Sunday, July 31, 2005

Headlands Dunes. Today we hiked 6 miles, from Headlands Beach to Mentor Marsh. This wide expanse of sand dunes is quite rare along Ohio's Lake Erie shoreline. Fairport Harbor Lighthouse is in the distance.

Path through the dunes to Headlands Beach

Fairport Harbor Lighthouse

Sailboat at Headlands Beach, Ohio

Red berries, tall shrub growing on the dunes.

Morning Mist.

Sleeping Bee. He is covered with droplets from the morning mist.

Spider Web

Mist on Teasel

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Fireflies. Admittedly, a weird shot in the dark. I was trying to use the same approach that I used with lightning -- trying to take a series of rapid-fire shots, in hopes that I'd catch the fireflies with their lights on at the same time. All I can say is that it is easier to photograph a lightning strike. I managed to catch these three fireflies all lit up at the same time, but the shutter speed was so slow that they appear as streaks. For my UK visitors -- do you have fireflies over there?? They are wonderful little insects that come out around sunset in the summer.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Tonight's Wild Storm. I took 82 shots to get this one. Lightning was striking everywhere (except where I was pointing the camera usually). Several tornadoes were reported in the area.

Tiger swallowtail on the purple coneheads. Today I have a question for my visitors, inspired by Rock's "Up With the Birds" photo posted today ( He almost has me convinced to get up early, if the morning is going to be as beautiful as shown in his gulls photo today. This butterfly shot of mine was taken here at high noon. In any case: My question for you: Do you have a special time of day that you think is best for taking photos?

Black Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Barn Swallow nest in Patty's garage. They look about ready to leave the nest. Seems to be happening a lot in our neighborhood!