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In The Rain. August 6, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in macro photos.
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I spent the morning being productive at the homestead, then headed out on errands and noodling, as is my wont.  I thought I might find interesting light and, after taking care of the necessities, headed down to the Chesterfield Gorge.

But by the time I got there it had begun to rain, and the light was flat as a pancake.

C’est la vie.

Of course I shouldered a bag and went to have a look anyway, and found this:

A Polyphemus moth caterpillar, I concluded after doing a brief web search.  Feel free to correct me if you know differently.

I didn’t have Ziggy, my 50mm macro lens with me, and shot this with Ollie zoomed to 105mm, then cropped it hard; the resulting image is sufficient for web use but will never deserve to be printed.

Still, it’s a fun shot to look at; old Mop-face there looks highly irregular to this mammal, and I had to coax it onto my hand to lower it for this shot – when I first saw it, it was head-high on a maple tree and upward bound at impressive speed, and if I hadn’t managed to lower it I would never have gotten the photo.

But man, it was creepy holding it – between how its suction feet glommed around my fingers to the perhaps irrational fear that it would bite me (don’t I know anything? )



1. susan - August 9, 2011

I like looking at them too but I’m a bit squeamish when it comes to touching. Goes to show how old I am now.

2. littlebangtheory - August 10, 2011

Yeah, getting it onto my hand was a challenge. It clung to my fingers with appallingly sharp and obscenely sucking feet, and at the same time resisted with its about-to-pop plumpness.

The lengths I’ll go to for a crappy photo are astonishing, even to me!


3. Steve - August 13, 2011

I totally agree on the alien feeling of these creatures. We love them, the big moths they become, and the way they move. As if green jujubes could creep, eat, and morph…

4. littlebangtheory - August 14, 2011

Now there’s a thought!!! 😆

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