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Moose Hill vernal pool   Leave a comment

I don’t think I’m a big gadget guy, but I recently bought the rather extraordinary Laowa 24 mm probe lens.  This macro lens also happens to be waterproof, and allows me to sit on the edge of a vernal pond, dip the end of the probe into the water, and record what I see.

The single vernal pool had already dried up and split into multiple pools.  For some reason, one of them was utterly packed with Fairy Shrimp, while the other didn’t seem to have any.  It may be relevant that the one that *didn’t* have fairy shrimp, had plenty of frogs!

This photo gives you a good idea of how closely the fairy shrimp were packed:

Some more photos of their unearthly beauty:

Not a very good photo of a beautiful spider, Pirata in Lycosidae (wolf spiders), walking on water:

A friend has a copy of TopazAI denoise software, which uses AI to deblur. This is the output, so much better! Note that the foreground is improved without the background getting worse.

Bright red water mites (Hydrachnidia) were everywhere:

Look at the feathery legs!

According to BugGuide: “I think this is most likely Helochares maculicollis, but the angle isn’t great, so Hydrobius fuscipes and Cymbiodyta bifidus are possibilities”

Probably a water beetle larvae, probably Dytiscidae.

Phantom midge larva, I think, but I don’t have the expertise to rule out mosquito larva.

I have no idea what’s going on with this fly. Is it two flies mating? Doesn’t seem so from other angles. (EDIT: Ochthera tuberculata, in Ephydridae).

Mayfly larva?

Is this a Copepod?

I think this is an Ostracod:

Another Ostracod, I think:

The 24mm lens allows us to get into the creature’s world, rather than just photograph them. I think this is a wood frog, Lithobates sylvaticus:

Ice and leaf. The ice will melt, the leaf is dead, but they’re going out so elegantly, and the new will begin again soon.

Posted 2021-03-20 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Massapoag Trail   Leave a comment

Snowy day. Didn’t feel like driving, so explored a part of the Massapoag Trail I really should have spent more time in until now, from Lake Massapoag onwards.

Low light, and the nature of snowy woods, means that a lot of the photos worked best in black and white.

Posted 2021-02-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Snowflakes   Leave a comment

Posted 2021-02-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Fox   Leave a comment

A fox in the backyard; a cardinal photo, taken while trying out a new lens.

Posted 2021-02-18 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Posted 2021-01-30 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Devil’s Brook   Leave a comment

Posted 2021-01-02 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Devil’s Brook on Christmas   4 comments

Lots and lots of rain, which means that Devil’s Brook was absolutely gushing. The stream photos depend very sensitively on the time of exposure: if you take a very short exposure, the action is frozen. If you take a long exposure, all the action is smoothed away and you get a tranquil effect. The problem, of course, is that this stream did not seem tranquil — it was frisky and energetic. I tried to explore exposure times that demonstrated this.

Several droplet photos, but the light was not great and I can’t get the noise reduction right. I’ll keep working on that, but I suspect these photos aren’t going to be much better even under smarter processing.

Posted 2020-12-25 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Frost   2 comments

Posted 2020-12-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Foggy Moose Hill   Leave a comment

Posted 2020-12-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Frost   2 comments

Frost on our front lawn. I lay down and caught it backlit by the morning sun.

I think that if I’d seen it a little earlier in the morning, it would have looked better.

Posted 2020-11-29 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized