Thursday, June 22, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Regarding yesterday’s shot, I did chill the toad, for 45 minutes as a matter of fact. It took that long to get him to slow down enough to handle. As hot as it was outside, I don’t think he minded.

These skinks are my favorite, they are all over the porches. When you step outside, they scatter everywhere. This one was on the house right outside the patio door. I was very surprised I was able to shoot this guy, but I guess it was just too pleasant of an evening to scurry away from me. This was the first night I put my extension tubes on anything but my macro lenses. Every time I took a shot, he’d move just a little bit further away. Finally the tripod couldn’t move any more to the right and I had to stop with the bottom image. After I received the prints back, I saw that he was inside an old spider web. Don’t you just love his rainbow colors??

Had a great drive yesterday afternoon along the upper part of our peninsula. Found some farmland up there that made me homesick. Still trees in the distance, but acres and acres of corn. There’s even homes and land for sale. It would be too long a drive for my husband to go to work, though.

Full View of Skink
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm @ 300mm
31mm extension tube
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Close Up View of Skink
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/20
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm @ 300mm
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:59 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Love these types of shot!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

We got critters to, rattle snakes, mountain lions, an adundance of venamous spiders... would it be asking too much to send us a few of your skinks? :)

Nince capture, Micki.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Neat shots. Really like the composition of the first one.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

these really are critters... love the blue tail..

10:12 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Nice work with your extension tubes. We have no critters like him here...plenty of slugs though.
His coloring is very attractive.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Cool! He held still long enough and now he's famous all over the world ;). Great shots!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Nice colours. The blue tail is cool.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

this guy normally moves really fast...great catch for the the body contour and composition:-))

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

It's an amazing kind of lezard. I love its colors and its blue tail.

Good macro shot.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

They realy do have pretty markings and colors. Spider web...I was wonering what that was almost mad him look like a marionette. Awesome!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice blue color, looks cool.

1:53 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

These things give me the creeps... i'm not afraid of common house lizards though.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i am surprised that you could take these shots of them. i always thought they are on the go and don't stop.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Just love that blue tail. Cool critters.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Awesome! I'm amazed that you were able to take a picture before it ran away. What a beauty! I have a pretty awesome critter shot I hope to post in a few least I hope it's awesome when I see it on my computer screen. =)

5:42 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Beautiful colours Micki. Love his blue tail. That second shot ... if you look at his head, he looks very 'snake-like'. Is it my imagination of is he missing a front right foot? and is that a foot under his back section? Chris

7:12 PM  
Blogger Juggerpix said...

Awww man! He's a cute little feller!

7:41 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

Is the blue tail like a fashion thing or did you overchill him and this is a symptom of slow-encroaching frostbite?

And that's why yesterday's toad peed himself- he had a bladder infection from being in the fridge for 45 minutes.

8:10 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice shots of the skinks. Colorful creature !

12:47 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

Thats a really colorful tails.
Great shot.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Some of your best critter shots, expecially love the first one because his/her/it's (?) tail is wonderfully coloured.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

nice animal and capture ;)

6:31 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

That first shot has an especially nice flow - what great subjects!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Donncha said...

They're back! Love the close up one!


7:01 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Cool shot Micki. He has cool colors.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

A lovely critter! fine shot.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Prefer the first shot. The colour of the tail on that thing is amazing.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

They are beautiful and aesthetic creatures, Crisp shots you have. I can see the web, too.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Nice catch again. I also have no luck with skinks.Glad you noted the spider web because I thought it might be a skink marionette which would be just too weird ;-)

10:27 PM  

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