A large limb from a dead tree broke off recently at one of the small parks I like to hike in. It had some great color and texture and gave me an idea to expand my “COSMIC…” series. So I started the “cosmic wood” after taking several shots and seeing how they looked on the screen. While I was getting some macro shots this guy flew into the frame and decided to stay, but only for a second. I was able to get off a few frames and this is one slightly cropped. The fly left before I could secure a model release but, since there is no wi-fi in this part of the woods, I feel safe in posting it. Besides, he’ll be long dead before his case comes to court if he files suit in New York State. The wheels turn slowly here. Fellow blogger ehpem has been doing a great series on various bugs he has trained to pose nicely for photos. You can see one here. And you can see the first in the series of cosmic wood here.
Hi Ken – thanks for the mention, and what a great shot of a fly, and lichen.
Funny, but I had just sent a Cosmic post of my own off to the publisher when notice of this post came through; it should be coming out in an hour or two. Not your style of cosmos at all.
It is interesting to see your approach to the cooperative fly – so different from mine. And while we were both set up for different shots that flies landed in, the fact is we were, and very often do, shoot entirely different ways. Even for similar subjects. It is something I learn a lot from.
Thanks, ehpem. I wasn’t out to shoot flies but I had my macro lens mounted and he landed on my shot anyway and one thing lead to another and I shot him (or her). Sounds like some lame alibi for a dangerous criminal when put that way, doesn’t it?
I admire your style, technique and approach to a subject very much and I think there is a bit of influence there for me.
Well, you know, anything can happen in New York, even in Webster, where life is worth living. I’ll keep an eye out for any legal actions that they fly may attempt against on.
It is a nice shot; not sure that it would be one that I’d hang on the wall … maybe in the bathroom, probably not in the kitchen. 😀
Thanks, Paul. My first macro shots (from years ago) were of a fly and prints of them hung on my walls for quite a while. At that time my lifestyle was a little more Bohemian than it is now, so those photos are long gone.
Usually people hate fly but when we look at them, we can see they have nice colors and they can be beautiful.
Nice end week to you Ken
Thanks, Chantal. I wish I could shoot as insects as well as you.
I enjoy your narrative as much as your photograph. I especially appreciate your crisp focus on the fly, which lets me appreciate so much of its beauty.
Thanks, Linda. I’m glad you find some beauty in the common fly. I still consider them pests when they’re in the house but I do admire them.
Actually, I think it was the same fly in yours and Ehpem’s posts. It’s an International Fly!
You may be right. I thought I heard him say “I just flew in from Vancouver and, boy, are my wings tired”!!! A little fly humor there.
Fly humor! It’s hard to have too much fly humor!
Toads love flies, especially if covered in a rich BBQ sauce. This one looks especially delicious.
I wouldn’t know. I gave up flies for Lent 40 years ago and never went back!
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Time flies like an arrow . . . but fruit flies like bananas.
. . . that’s it; that’s all I got.
Still, it’s pretty good. Made me laugh.