Monday, July 14, 2008

A Cicada Encounter

My middle grandson and I were golfing in a family outing and our cart came with a rider. This little grasshopper said take a picture. I obliged and shot this close-up. He was facing toward the ground as shown.
We continued to play golf when we heard the thrumming noise of a Cicada in a pine tree. I drove the cart toward the pine tree and wasn't surprised when the Cicada stopped rubbing its wing and making that racket they make. My grandson said he saw the Cicada and I got my camera on the ready for some close work. The Cicada eventually got tired of moving around the branch and hit the air. It hit the lens of my camera as it left. No damage to the camera I'm happy to say. It went around the branch and I shot it head on.
It gave me a lot of chances to shoot at different angles.
I was able to get pretty close.
I was really happy to capture a live Cicada.

23 comments:

kjpweb said...

Huh - that's a fat one. They are pretty interesting creatures, life cycle and all. Though sometimes they can drive you nuts. Good shots!
Cheers, Klaus

Tom said...

Guy- Great shot. I saw my first Cicada last Tuesday, and heard my first one yesterday afternoon. Its hard to believe that were entering the dog days of summer.

TOm

The Birdlady said...

Pretty cool to get that photo - but I have to admit, those things get on my nerves, big-time.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

You did a very good job at capturing these critters... wow... wonderful close ups for sure!!

dot said...

Great catch and certainly a reason to be happy!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Oh my. As soon as I landed I remembered I heard a locust or cicada here yesterday and it sounded like he had just emerged. I wanted to go get my camera but was distracted.

These are excellent photos.

Jack and Joann said...

Oh, man, Fishing Guy, great closeups. You are getting almost as good as Abe Lincoln. Now that's a compliment I think.

Jack and Joann said...

Oh, man, Fishing Guy, great closeups. You are getting almost as good as Abe Lincoln. Now that's a compliment I think.

imac said...

Certainly captured well. Was it a Birdie??)lol


Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

Warren Baker said...

Thats some weird looking critter you found there Fishing guy.
Nice post.

The Texican said...

Great job. Many people never see anything except the ecto-skeleton. I can almost hear them now. A sound from my childhood playing outside in the summer. Nice photos. Pappy

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

Hello my friend, that beauty is your blog, with many beautiful insects eses liked much of what got pictures as a very happy day of rest

Ms. Hays said...

Can you believe those shots? So many & so close!!! Excellent shots!

Hoyt said...

That's great that you were able to get such good shots of the cicadas. I haven't seen a live one around here in weeks.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Fantastic.. it would please me to... I had only heard of these on a nature program many years ago... I had completely forgot about them until some started to show up in the blog posts.. Well captured.

Carletta said...

Well done FG! I've seen one shell early in the spring and that was it.

Kerri said...

WOW! Fabulous captures of the Cicada! And I like the grasshopper too!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Amazing pictures! They give me the creeps though. LOL When we were out walking today, I heard some.

Gina said...

Wow! Fantastic pics FG.. great shot of the grasshopper in the sun..such a vibrant green and the cicada is fascinating...don't think I've seen one before.. and the wing detail on your last pic is very nicely captured. Well done! :D

Shionge said...

I have to be honest with you, I was having goose-bumps when I take a closer look. Still, you certainly have an eye for all these creepy-crawlies :D

pnfphotography said...

amazing journey to follow...indeed...excellent

Tipper said...

Awesome photos of the cicada. Wish I had a camera like yours!

Marcos Santos said...

This cicada...

We have a little fat.