There was a month or so during the summer when we had to save between 5 and 10 grasshoppers per day from drowning in the pool. I’m not sure why we chose the grasshopper as a more valuable creature over the japanese beetle (we find these in the pool as well), but we did. Perhaps it’s because we hate the japanese beetle. Yeah, that could be it.
Anyway, when we pull a grasshopper from the pool, we tend to enjoy looking at their workings – you know, their big eyes, their long legs, their folded wings. They truly are magnificent creatures and many of them are seemingly unique. The colors and sizes change between almost all of them.
During one of Laura’s rescues yesterday, she was able to remove a grasshopper from the pool skimmer to allow it to dry on top of one of the fence posts. This, of course, was followed by a photo shoot, where I suggested she start playing with my magnifying lenses. Basically, these lenses, or filters, give you the option of closing in on your focal range, instead of being bound by what your current lens offers. You really can get close up.
It was fun to watch Laura experience these lenses. She took a whole bunch of pictures, almost all of which I had to discard because I simply can’t post them all. I kept the one I liked and will post it below. Take a look at it. Click the picture for a large view. I have a funny feeling we’re going to start seeing a lot of macro-photography on this blog.