November 30, 2014

Scavenger Hunt: December 2014

I'm so excited to share my first monthly Scavenger Hunt with you!  All scavenger hunts will be located on the the Scavenger Hunt page which you can find in the navigation bar at the top of the page.  I've created a Flickr group which you can find HERE, and will visit regularly for discussions and the sharing of our photos each month!  At the end of the month I will host a Scavenger Hunt Blog Party so everyone can link up and share their finds for the month here on Hike And Seek!  Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas to improve the Scavenger Hunt experience!

November 28, 2014

Backyard Adventure: Thanksgiving Day 2014

 I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  It was so nice to go home and spend time with my family and pig out on delicious Thanksgiving food :)  After eating and visiting for a few hours, I headed outside with my camera and here are a few of the critters I found:

I'm particularly fond of the butterfly photo.  I believe it's a Sulphur Butterfly...if anyone knows for sure please share in the comments!  My grandma was out walking with me at the time and we both got excited when we spotted it.  It took a few minutes for it to finally not fly away as I approached, but it finally settled and let me get a few shots.  Aside from the shadow on the lower back part of the wings, I love the way it turned out!

I nearly missed getting the photo of the ladybug on my hand, but got excited when it started flying away right as I snapped the photo.

I really miss living in the country.  As we were packing up the truck to head home later that night, we were greeted by the sound of coyotes howling in the distance when we walked out the front door.  I miss things like that so much!

Equipment Used:
Nikon D3100
Nikon 40mm f2.8

I hope you have a great weekend!!!

November 25, 2014

Backyard Adventure: Late November

I've stayed mostly indoors for the past few days, enjoying the rain and fall-like weather around here.  We missed our weekend hike this past weekend, but I did venture into the backyard again to see what I could find.  I wish the winter weather would get here already, it looks and feels like early Fall still!

Did you ever pick up a stinkbug when you were a kid?  I'm pretty sure I only did it once.  If you've ever held one, you'll know why I never did it again haha!  These little guys sure do live up to their name!  I believe this one is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  Please correct me if I'm wrong!

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2014

At The Park: Leaf-Footed Bug

I went for a solo walk in the park the other day, and it seems the place had been taken over by Leaf-Footed Bugs!  They were everywhere!  Aside from a few deer that I spotted, the only other critter I found was a single dead Harvester Ant.

I love how alien-like insects are.

Equipment used:
Nikon D3100
Nikon 40mm f2.8

November 16, 2014

Backyard Adventure: Black Widow Spider

With the weather being wet and cold right now, I wasn't expecting to find any live subjects to shoot in the yard.  Finding this pretty girl nearly frozen under a stray log near the garage was like hitting the jackpot.  After I took the photos, Matthew and I created a habitat setup to bring her in out of the cold.  She's now comfortably settled in her new temporary home on our living room mantel.  Time for a bit of Black Widow Research!

Equipment Used:
Nikon D3100
Nikon 40mm f2.8

P.S.  Black Widow Spider bites are harmful to humans.  Please do not attempt to pick them up unless you know what you're doing.  CLICK HERE to learn more about them from National Geographic!

Backyard Adventure: Raindrops

Having recently purchased a new lens for my camera, I was over the top excited about going for a hike this morning...but waking up to rain and cold weather made me want to start a fire and have a lazy Sunday instead.  I settled for heading into the backyard to see what I could find, and I'm really happy with the way these water droplet photos turned out!

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