Today I learned how bees carry pollen after I took pictures of some in our front yard: it’s that yellow glob on this guy’s rear flank. I also learned (Wikipedia: Honey Bee Defense) that honey bees kill intruding wasps by “balling” them, surrounding them to overheat the wasps and deprive them of oxygen. Stingers are mostly reserved for vertebrates.
Category Archives: Photography
I have been working on taking pictures of birds using a portrait lens. These are all taken usually next to a dish of seed. Gear is a Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera (EPM-2) with Oly 45 mm f/1.8 lens (90 mm on a 35mm); Pixel Oppilas remote; Amazon basics tripod or Smallrig clamp tripod.
Protected: College Cove
Sunol and Coyote Hills Birds
These are all from either Coyote Hills Regional Park, or the Maguire Peaks Loop Trail in Sunol Regional Wilderness, except for the scrub jay who was in my backyard.
Women’s March Oakland
Looking good today, Oakland. 60,000 people marched (that’s 15% of the population of the city!) no arrests, lots of good signs.
Bay Trail Bike Birding
After reading The Thing With Feathers and then Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, I started being more interested in birds. Then I bought a Sibley Guide, and it got a little more serious.
I’ve always enjoyed the Bay Trail, on several occasions riding SF to Berkeley or the reverse. This weekend I rode from approximately Fruitvale BART to Hayward BART, going through MLK regional shoreline, Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline, and Hayward Regional Shoreline, and I brought my camera. When I’d ridden the trail before I’d often stopped to read the informational signs about birds, and I was surprised that I was able to photograph pretty much all the common birds I’d read about, plus several more. And a bat ray.
American Southwest Pictures
New pictures of the American Southwest roadtrip — Berkeley, California to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, are now up on xenotropic.net. This was the first time in years that I’ve taken out my SLR, and it was a fun time and place to take pictures. The full moon helped to create some eerie effects, particularly at the Grand Canyon. Suzanne made me a tripod carrier for Christmas, which was great to make it easier to bring the tripod along everywhere. I got several pictures including constellations — Big Dipper and Pleiades. We also got started on winter camping, including camping in the snow at the Grand Canyon.
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