July 5, 2012
I took this on July 3, but posting it today (hey, that's pretty good for me - and Art, I think your idea of an archive challenge is great). This creature was on my screen tent on my deck as I was leaving for an interview, so I snapped a quick one of him. I wish I had had the time (and ability) to put something in the image to give an idea of perspective. Its body was about 3 or 3.5 inches long, and then the antennae would be in addition to that.
Entomologist friends - what say ye? What manner of beast is this? Enormous grasshopper? Katydid? Locust and I should prepare for swarms?
UPDATE: Google images show that this is definitely a katydid!
July 4, 2012
I actually took this in 2008 (sorry Art!) in Jamestown, VA, and revisited the image today. I took it with my old, no longer functioning Konica Minolta. Today I reworked it with Topaz Adjust smooth filter, then Color Efex Pro Vignette filter.
To read my blog post on Independence Day, Don't Give Away Your Power, click here: http://karastewartaip.blogspot.com/
Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans! And Happy Birthday, Dad.
EDITOR'S PICK, betterphoto.com, July 2012, Monthly theme: Celebrations
FINALIST, betterphoto.com, July 2012, Monthly theme: Celebrations
July 2, 2012
I took this yesterday, but just now have had time to load to my laptop and check it out and upload it here. I had a birdfeeder with sunflower seeds in it at my deck this winter and spring, and two volunteer sunflower sprouts are now by the footings of the deck. :)
I also worked on a bunch more sunflower products in my Zazzle store (but haven't yet loaded up this particular sunflower image and made products from it) here: http://www.zazzle.com/artinphotography/gifts?cg=196881638283411087&rf=238874973767831732
EDITOR'S PICK, betterphoto.com, July 2012, Flowers
FINALIST, betterphoto.com, July 2012, Flowers