Well, I broke down and got myself a new fabulous lens this week. It's a bug lens -200mm macro. What that means is I don't have to put the camera right up to the nose of all these poor bugs I have been stalking. I can stand about two feet away and still get a good close up. I spent almost the whole day yesterday at the John Heinz Nature preserve near the airport just having the time of my life with damsel flies, huge grasshoppers, frogs, wasps, spiders, you name it. Life does not get better than this.
Take a look at this damselfly having herself a little bug for breakfast. If you look closely (click on her), you can see she has her mouth wide open. After that take a look at the grasshopper eating the leaf. This grasshopper and I had a marvelous half hour together. At first he was scared to death of me and hid behind a tall stalk. So I pretended to ignore him and just took pictures of a sandpiper in the marsh all while still within eyesight of the grasshopper. When I turned around, he had forgotten I was there and just went about his morning meal. I think this may have been the first time I actually saw a grasshopper open those beautiful jaws.