Among the animals, predators have an undeniable charm. And today I want to talk to you of two tiny predators, widespread in many gardens: the praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) and the common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis). Tha mantis is a very efficient predator. With its strong front legs, catching and devouring countless small insects. Mantis religiosa is usually a medium-sized mantis, with a total lenght that can reach also 8-9 cm. Some tropical mantis can reach also 12... continue reading
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In this particular article I'd write only about the non-venomous reptiles and some tips or tricks for photographing them. The venomous reptiles would be covered in a future article after I've completed studying their behavior. I've had a lot of interest in reptiles and earlier I used to observe them a lot. Right now, I'm trying to photograph some common species around. It doesn't look like a hard experience after having observed them for years. But they are impossible subjects if you're not ready... continue reading
There it was, a skink, out in the garden, on a rock, sunbathing as I opened the door to take in the morning.So I went for my camera instead of my toothbrush and fired away.First from six meters, then five, then four, circling around the skink to find the perfect shot.She seemed to enjoy the sun so much that she didn't mind my prying camera, so I moved in ever so closely and gently till I was seeing eye to eye with her, about six feet away.My 100mm macro lens hit the spot, so sitting on the... continue reading
After the purchase of a macro lens at the beginning of this summer, I needed "models" to picture at. As spending much time in countryside I noticed a small family of lizards living in a flowerbed. Often I saw them having sunbath at a yellow-green bush. Then I decided to pick up my camera and try to get nearer to them for photography purpose. As you see, I succeeded. Actually it was easier to get close to them as I thought. They did not seem to be afraid of me at all, if you move very slowly. I took... continue reading
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