Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nothing boggs down a workflow…

…like finding a skipper. These butterflies can be tricky to identify. These are Indian Skippers.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017


This female Spangled Skimmer is being just a bit too bashfull. She was my first Spangled Skimmer of the year, so I couldn’t resist taking the shot.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Common Whitetail Photo Study

It is not very often that I get such a cooperative model. I worked with this Common Whitetail for about 30 to 40 minutes. I was very pleased to get so many nice images with different backgrounds, textures and poses. Soon this immature male’s abdomen will turn chalky white and he will earn his name.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Lancet Clubtail

Here is a male Lancet Clubtail on some low red oak leaves. I only got one shot!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lancet Clubtail

Clearly, a matter of shoot first and ask questions later. I ran into a small gathering of these bugs on the north end of Babson Reservoir. Plus I have never seen this behavior in a dragon before. She would land, and then fold up her wings like a Jewelwing. It gave me that neurotic, “what the heck?” feeling, especially since these young ladies are freshly emerged. The colors were not quite ripe yet. But it’s all good.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

My 3000th post. Purple Martin photoshoot revisited

Goodness, 3000th posts. Who would have thunk? I have seen so many blogs come and go in that time. I know that some of you have been with me through it all. That is pretty cool.

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I have had one post that always stuck out in my mind that I have wanted to shoot again. And that is the Purple Martin post from Thursday, June 26, 2008. I had a series of picture taken with a Nikon D80, a 70-300mm Nikkor and no Lightroom. I think I was using Picasa back then.

I quickly got out of the flashy FLASH picture viewer. I preferred to layout multiple shots on a page. It was quicker and I have the opportunity to view them at my pace.

So the question is…have I lern’t anything in the last 9 years? The above shoot took two trips and several hours to get what I got.

Below are some photos I took Sunday morning. Have I learned anything? Well, yes. I walked on the scene, judged the lighting. Took acouple of test snaps, made a tweak and then let it rip. My “success rate” was much higher. I took much fewer shots and had a higher keeper rate. The only thing that I couldn’t control was the wind direction. The wind was coming to my face, which ment 

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That was fun. I’ll have to go out and do this again some year. Hmmm…maybe this afternoon!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Basking in the Sun

This Pearl Crescent is soaking up some sun. The day was slightly cool and breezy. I didn’t expect to see any bugs that morning.©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fragile Fortail

One of our smallest and earliest damselflies catching some sun on a cattail leaf.

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Monday, May 29, 2017


I don’t shoot many frogs. This is mainly because they see me before I see them, mostly by the very fine reason that I’m usually looking into the trees for birds. Saturday morning, I shot two.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scarlet Tanager

I was lucky enough to see this Scarlet Tanager. They just love to stay in the tops of the trees. This male popped out for a pose.
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©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
Here he is joined by a female. Normally I wouldn’t bother with a shot like this, but how could I resist? A male and female Scarlet Tanager in the same frame. I believe that they were checking out a possible nest site. They came back here once more and were chasing out other birds.
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