Monthly Archives: September 2015

Praying Mantis on the Prowl

Praying Mantis on the Prowl

This Praying Mantis had been hanging onto the siof my wife’s watering can.  I took him out to the garden and he quietly slid down into the mulch to do a little hunting.  The light wasn’t the best so I did a litt,e work in Photoshop Elements 6 to make him more presentable.  He turned his head to watch me a couple times.  For such a top insect predator they’re not afraid to crawl up your arm and have a look.  I’ve nevef seen hostility from one to people – just curiosity.

Dan O. De Ment

More Fire in the Morning Sky

More Fire in the Morning Sky_edited-1

A  year or so ago I captured an image almost identical to this one –  as the sun was coming up.  I believe this image is actually more brilliant than the earlier one.  I could hardly focus on it for the brightness.

Dan O. De Ment

Muffin says, I would like breakfast, please?

Muffin says I want my Breakfast

Well, who could resist a face like that?  Sorry the image is not so good but I had to shoot it before she changed expression.  I even cut off parts of ber ear and a paw.  Also, I should have lightened it some.   “Don’t do this at home!”

Female Hummingbird hovering next to Feeder

Hummingbird hovering at her Feeder_edited-1

This female was completely in the image until I pressed the shutter.  I had already pressed the shutter and focused.  In the time it took to snap the shutter the second time she had, slightly, backed out of the shot.  That’s how quickly they can move. (If you didn’t know)

Now, this image was shot through our front window and the screen on the outside of it.  By pressing right up to the window I was able to, pretty much, cut out the window and screen.  It doesn’ t provide you with an image with a $ sign on it but it can be fun and leave you with a pleasant image.  TRY IT!

Dan O. De Meny

Nature’s Way


It’s happening all over Central Illinois.  There won’t be any beautiful colors in the leaves until mid to end October.  Some leaves never turn those beautiful shades of red, burgundy, or orange we’re used to seeing.  However, they can still speak to us.

A huge flock of snow geese are moving through the Midwest now.  I saw some yesterday but was unable to get any pictures.  I know where they lay over for a  week or so on their way to … where ever … so I’ll try and run up there tomorrow and get some images – if they haven’t moved on. It’s really neat to see them excercise their wings a couple times a day.  They lift off and go up to a height where you can see them clearly but not low enough to really get an image of an individual bird without a powerful zoom lense.  I have a 75-300 so I may get lucky.  Anyway, once they reach altitude they circle in their numbers for miles.  Yes, they continually circle – a huge circle – while moving in whatever direction suits them or nature has imprinted on their brains.
They do this for about 20 minutes or more and then go back to where they rest for the next flight or the night.  What a beautiful honking they produce.

Dan O. De Ment