A Praying Mantis

The other day I was talking to Eirah about the time when we lived on Long Island and how we used to see lots of praying mantises. Since we moved to the Hudson Valley we haven’t seen any. Yesterday we were walking through a mini mall in Peekskill and what should we come across…the pictures don’t do it justice. It was easily 4-5 inches long.

Taken with an Apple iPhone. I don’t remember which model.

Finally some birds

In earlier posts I’ve chronicled my attempts to get pictures of birds, and how whenever I go out to take such pictures I never come across any.

I finally managed to get a few bird pictures: nothing exotic – just some mallards and geese on our lake. But it’s better than nothing and it encourages me to keep trying.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF1 and Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-5.6.