Soldier Fly

I found this Soldier Fly on this interesting plant background when we were at The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge by Cambridge Maryland. I like the green in the bug and the green in the flora that complement each other. This was at the new Large Observation Platform on the Wildlife Drive. At the entrance to the platform there are lots of plants along the drive, with a large variety of bugs and dragonflies moving about. Also look for webs with water drops (if it had rained) or condensation on them early in the morning. We usually go there for birds. They are known for Bald Eagles Ospreys, Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, White Pelicans, etc. When it quiets down around noon it is a great place for macro or closeup photos, landscapes, or just wandering around to see what you can find. During the warmer months it is also a good place for a wide variety of Dragonflies. You do not need a macro lens to have fun shooting bugs or closeups. When I am out wandering around I always have a set of extension tubes in my photo vest. They come in handy when you find an interesting subject. Try using extension tubes to get closer to your subject and have fun seeing what you can find.

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Soldier Fly. Canon 1D MkIV, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS DO zoom @ 300mm, 25mm Canon Extension Tube, f/9, 1/640 sec, ISO 400

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Soldier Fly. Canon 1D MkIV, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS DO zoom @ 300mm, 25mm Canon Extension Tube, f/9, 1/640 sec, ISO 400

 

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