2014—Fiendish Thingy

“It’s a thingy! A fiendish thingy!” — George Harrison

This bug isn’t exactly what George was referring to when he spotted the “fiendish thingy” in Help but to me, anything with buggy eyes and long legs that could jump at me at any moment is a fiendish thingy. I continue to amaze myself that I am able to actually get up close and personal with such creepy things now that I have my macro lens between me and it. I was following a bee around the flowers of my miniature rose tree (Winsome) and the bee made a sudden about face when this fiendish thingy waved a clawed leg at it, convincing the bee to find another rosebud in which to seek nectar. I must admit that as tiny as it is, I was not too worried about it jumping on me but after seeing it through the macro lens, I wouldn’t have been anywhere near it had it been the two or more inches it looks to be in this shot.

I was surprised to get this shot in decent focus because the breezes were shaking the flowers sharply. The sun was so bright I could barely see the LCD screen in Live View on the camera so I was glad I remembered I had the Hoodman Hoodloupe so I could see the screen without it being blown out by the sunlight, allowing me to focus. This rosebud measures about an inch in diameter, the bug’s body, about 3/8 inch. The shot is not cropped; 105mm, ISO 200, f/20, 1/160

Day 113-48

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