Still Life

My wife had been picking roses and putting them in a jug to bring indoors. She left them for a while on a wooden bench that we’ve had for a couple of decades. I liked the way they looked, especially the way the largely smooth brightly colored flowers contrasted with the dull, weathered, textured bench.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f2.8 Macro.

Egret in Flight

I came across this lovely egret in Law Park in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I didn’t really have the right camera/lens combination (just my Sony RX-100M with its 24-70mm equivalent lens) so I just had to make do. I wanted to get a shot of the bird in the air and I knew that if I approached it, it would eventually take off and fly to the other side of the pond. And this was exactly what it did. I was still quite a long way away and this is quite an extreme crop, but I like it anyway – particularly the reflection in the water.

I’ll have to go back with a longer lens to see if it turns up again.

Taken with a Sony RX-100M3.

An enormous moth

I was sitting in the house the other day when I heard my wife calling me to go our an take a look at something. She has a lot of roses and they are starting to bloom, so usually when she calls me it’s to take a picture of one of them. I’d taken a lot of pictures of her flowers recently and I wasn’t too enthusiastic about going out and taking another.

This time, however, it was something different: a huge green moth. I was even able to measure it: 4 inches long; wingspan also 4 inches.

I had no idea what it was so after taking the pictures I went back into the house and ‘googled’ ‘enormous green moth NY state’. An image like that of the one in our garden was the first to come up. I guess there aren’t that many types of ‘enormous green moth’ in NY state.

It’s a Luna Moth. This one is male. Apparently the male has thicker antennae than the female.

A couple of interesting facts about luna moths. First Luna moth caterpillars click their mandibles (mouth parts) and regurgitate smelly liquids when threatened by predators; Second when a luna moth emerges it doesn’t have mouth parts to feed, it’s sole purpose is to reproduce. In this winged form it lives only one week; Third the tail can apparently fool the echo location used by bats.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f2.8 Macro.

Battle of Pines Bridge Revisited – The Forge

This house stands almost directly opposite the Davenport House. A nearby historical marker reads:

The Forge. 18th Century. Originally a part of the Davenport House lands this house was used as a Blacksmith Shop for area families during the 18th and 19th centuries. Designated a local historical landmark, March 2 1976.

The fact that it was “originally part of the Davenport House lands” and “served as a blacksmith shop…during the 18th centur(y)” indicates that the house was there at the time of the battle. What, if any, role it might have played I have no idea.

Taken with a Sony RX100M3.