I know an old lady who swallowed a fly …

# 6335

# 6335

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.


16 thoughts on “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly …

  1. ehpem

    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.

    1. oneowner Post author

      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.

  2. Paul

    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. 😀

    1. oneowner Post author

      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.

    1. oneowner Post author

      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.

    1. oneowner Post author

      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.

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