Waterfall Pond in the Backyard
This is still from the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. It has a waterfall in the backyard. There are also plenty of places to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. "How much does it cost to get in?" you might ask. The answer is nothing. It is free to visit.
A new lens arrived so I had to test it out. I read quite a few reviews about it prior to the purchase and had been saving to replace an aging lens. Originally, I was going to a park but decided to just make photos around the house.
A Break from Gadgets
It's nice to see kids playing outside, instead of glued to a computer or a tablet.
Play Time for Coco
She still on potty and kennel training. When she can stay awake long enough, she likes to play and chew on something.
Hanging Out and Waiting
This could be a male garden spider since it is significantly smaller. The web is made crossing a walk path, about chest-high. It was probably built overnight.
Six Legged Garden Spider
It lost its two front left legs somehow but still able to weave this majestic web.
Farmer Weaver Ants
Besides foraging, some ants do farm for their food. Here are a couple of weaver ants farming some larvae.
Yellow Garden Spider
It looks menacing, but it was not aggressive at all. There were two other spiders nearby; This one had the best position to photograph.
Tiny Brown Beetle
It was so tiny I almost walked by without even noticing it. I cannot identify what kind it is though.
Access to the Nest
I found a weaver ants nest. It wasn't big, but it's low to the ground so I have easier access to it. The colony has probably about a few hundred ants. I am sure it's not the only nest around.
I Think It's a Spider
I am not sure if this is a spider. I saw it walked up and down on the web the day prior. It doesn't look anything like a spider and its color is the opposite of its surroundings. It was hard not to notice it.
Fly in Black and White
An experiment with macro and black and white. Back lit the fly with a diffused light.
It looks like the fly wears a metal armor. The most settled fly I have encountered.
The fly was harder to photograph because it was more sensitive than the other flies. It moved around more often and flew away with a hint of sudden movements.
White Jumping Spider
I was chasing this spider around its nest to get a better angle. I think it finally realized that I wasn't trying to harm it.
Oh, Hi There!
The baby mantis was curious enough to pose, while I took some pictures.
It might be a nymph or something. Please let me know if you can identify it.
I have no idea what kind of beetle this is. I am not sure if it's a ladybug.
Stripy Wings Fly
A different kind of fly that I didn't notice before.
Mosquito on a Plate
The mosquito, Aedes aegypti, that can carry yellow fever, dengue fever, zika fever, and other diseases. As long there's no active case in the area, they're just like any other mosquitos.
Tiny Weed, Tiny Flower
This flower of a tiny weed looks like a miniature orchid flower.
Death Benefits Others
I don't think the ants just trimming the fly's hair here. I didn't see the tiny hairs on the leaf at first until I processed the photo.