American robin

American robin

Turdus migratorius. In the courtyard at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

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Funnel Wet

Funnel Wet

Rain-soaked funnel web on the lawn of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. The tunnel can be seen in the center. I think this is probably the web of a grass spider, like the one that visited my office last November, or maybe a wolf spider.

 

Drop in!

A closer view of the tunnel.

The silk is so fine that it’s invisible and it looks like the droplets are levitating. Any prey will probably not see it in good weather, and the spider will jump out and grab it as soon as the web is disturbed. The silk also seems to create a screen effect that sharpens the edges in the photo and intensifies the contrasts.

Lupine

Lupine

Lupinus polyphyllus. In the courtyard of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

The bokeh in this shot is amazing. It’s almost like virtual reality, with everything around the flower defocused and just the flower is focused in the center. It also gives the impression of a safari shot, with the elusive wild lupine finally being captured on camera.

So close, and yet so far…

So close, and yet so far...

This photo is graded on a curve.

I rested the edge of the lens barrel on the bark where I could get a contrasted view of the tree and the woods.  The result was a graduated bokeh effect on the curve of the tree and a distance enhancement on the background woods, which can still be identified, especially in the thumbnail.

I think I also somehow managed to get a landscape into a macro photo.

Just inside the woods near Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Coyoty eats art show food.

From the Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

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Turkey sandwich.

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Cheeses, crackers, cookies, orzo salad, and fruit.

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

Malus pumila. At the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) main offices in Hartford, CT.

I did try to brighten up the photo because the day was overcast, but that washed out all the subtle details and made the colors garish, so I left it as it was taken. It looks much better in the natural light, unedited.