Insects and

I went to Central Park with only my Nikor-Micro f2.8 105mm G lens on my D750 to photograph small things. After throwing out almost all of them I am left with these. I apologize for the poor quality of a few but I included them because I am so proud of myself for identifying them.

Insects and Flowers

Lots of insects are all out taking advantage of the flowers and greenery in June. I pulled in a few from previous years to illustrate a few common species. Insects are tricky, I often use BugGuide.net to get help identifying them.

I found a nice simple guide: A Pictorial Guide to Some Common Bees of the New York City Metropolitan Area (Images and descriptions compiled by Kevin C. Matteson).

Central Park April 22

Not usual to see a Worm-eating Warbler feeding high up in a birch tree.

Worm-eating Warbler, Central Park 4/22/2016
Worm-eating Warbler, Central Park 4/22/2016
Double-crested Cormorantr, Central Park 4/22/2016
Double-crested Cormorantr, Central Park 4/22/2016
Downy Woodpecker, Central Park 4/22/2016
Downy Woodpecker, Central Park 4/22/2016
Northern Flicker, Central Park 4/22/2016
Northern Flicker, Central Park 4/22/2016
Dogwood, Central Park 4/22/2016
Dogwood, Central Park 4/22/2016
Yellow Archangel, Artillery Plant, or Aluminium Plant (Lamium ga
Yellow Archangel, Artillery Plant, or Aluminium Plant (Lamium galeobdolon), Central Park 4/22/2016

Daffodil – B&W

I converted this yellow daffodil in a recent post to black and white for Monochrome Madness March 31, 2016. I wanted it to have a slight sepia tone and look like an old etching, so I chose a flower with a plain background, intricate shapes, detail and texture.

Daffodil sp. Central Park 3/23/2016
Daffodil sp. as B&W sketch Central Park 3/23/2016