Sunday, 3 March 2013

Macro Monday - Backyard Cricket

A while back I was doing a backyard safari with the kids - some form of school mini-beast project no doubt.

We found this cricket in the plants that grow between the rocks.  We thought it was a bit to marco to be collected for the project, so I took some pictures instead.

Initially I was not pleased with the result - way to much movenment from me, the wind, the grass and the cricket.  But its slowly dawned on me that I rather liked the image.  It may not be sharp, but it does seem to capture the atmosphere of the find.

So here it is:


You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.

Enjoy the close ups.

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26 comments:

luís rodrigues coelho Coelho said...

Gostei da ideia.
Podemos fazer muitos safaris com os mais novos ensinando-os a descobrirem a fauna e a flora à nossa volta e a saber respeitá-la.

Carole M. said...

well camouflaged, green on green.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shot, Stewart! Cute cricket!

Marcia said...

Wouldn't want to meet that if it was as big as me. LOL Neat photo!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

He's so cute. I think the softness gives the photo a dreamy effect. It's also amazing to me how these critters blend so well into their surroundings.

TexWisGirl said...

looks like what we call a katydid. i like the image a lot!

Andrea said...

You are dabbling a little in photo art ... the difuse glow adds a dimension to the overall picture. And, look at the powerful leg ... I bet he can cover a lot of distance once he decides to go. Great shot, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A soft effect sometimes can work for a photo making it all the better. Yours here is a good example of that. Well done Stewart.

Marie said...

I love it! It has such a soft quality...I would have thought you used a filter on purpose. I love the way he blends so beautifully with the green foliage.

Sylvia K said...

I love your green cricket, Stewart!! Great Macro shot for the day!

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!Great micro shot!!That cricket is so cute!Hope you have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Karen said...

Oh I like it, pretty green on green! Our crickets are black.

pattisjarrett said...

I agree, this is a great shot. So ethereal. Some things just do not hold still for photos.

Ugich Konitari said...

He slowly crouched,
eyes focussed,
mind antenaas sharp,
keeping wickets,
as the wind came in to bowl.

But Sachin Tendulkar
at the crease
meant something else.

The ball smashed
under him
as he bent to
hold a catch,
missed,
and the leafy umpire,
simply waved
his arms in the air,
to declare four runs.....

Jama said...

We call that a grasshopper....not an easy feat to capture them, unless they are willingly stay in one place.

Lea said...

I like your cricket photo - great macro!
Have a wonderful day!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Valerie said...

A great capture Stewart, and the blurred movement adds to the scene. Thanks for sharing.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture you show :)

Cindy said...

Super shot!!

Kala said...

Great details and color.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I like it! They don't usually sit still long enough to be captured.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shot of the little guy!

Hanne said...

I like all the green and soft colours in this picture.

And thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Kerri said...

That is so cool!

edenhills said...

I do like the soft quality of the shot. Very nice, and I'm really enjoying the green!

Genie Robinson said...

Definitely a dreamy shot though the cricket does not look too happy with the photographer. Like all the green. genie