Redback Spider

After a bit of an unplanned hiatus from photography due to life events, I decided that a good way to get inspired again would be to try something a little different. Since I had a day off I had intended to test out some of the Tamron Adaptall lenses I’ve picked up recently, but the …

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Pholcus

Add enough magnification and even benign critters start to look scary. This is a large daddy long legs (Pholcus phalangioides I think) that I caught in our bedroom. Judging by the way the pedipalps look I’m guessing a male in search of a mate. Shot with a 100mm macro with a 50mm reversed on the …

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Hibiscus Harlequin Beetle

Whilst I was staying with my parents over the holidays, I spent a lot of time out in the yard helping dad with his car, etc. Late on afternoon we discovered a swarm of hibiscus harlequin bugs (Tectocoris diopthalmus) on an unidentified tree in their backyard whilst setting up some sprinklers. One of them had …

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Eriophora Sp.

As much as I love using film, and love the results from my new Pentax 645N, I have to admit that there are certain types of photography that are much easier and more convenient on digital. After dark macro using wireless off camera flash is one of those areas. Yesterday morning when I took our …

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Bark Huntsman

I mentioned on Twitter the other day that my mother-in-law caught me a little spider whilst at work. It took me a little while to identify it, and even now I’m not 100% sure. A lot of the spider ID sites I use group spiders by family groups, and she looked very different to most …

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MOAR BUTTERFLIES!!!!

As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, on Sunday afternoon, with nothing better to do, I took over 715 photos of the butterflies around the flowering Duranta hedge in our front yard. I was pleasantly surprised when I came back inside to find that well over half of them were decent photos, and more …

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Grey Wolf Spider

I went out to Theresa Creek Dam a few weeks ago and went for a ride from the dam back towards town. It was after dark, and I had my lights on, including one on my helmet. The one thing I couldn’t believe whilst riding along there, was the shear number of spiders that were …

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