If You Build It....

by Camellia Staab September. 14, 2018 581 views

You know the saying: " If you build it, they will come" ? Well how about if I change that saying to " If you plant it, and neglect it, they will come." Well that is the case of my backyard. There's an apple tree (been there for ages) that no one in our household has paid much attention to. Every year it produces apples that hang on the branches for as long as they possibly can, then drop on to the ground and rot or into the pool and await to be fished out. Every year one of us grumbles about that tree and how much of a pain it is to clean up or to mow. And every year we promise ourselves we will cut it down.

Fortunately for me, who likes to shoot critters, we have yet to cut it down, and this year it has become the haven for all sorts of insects as well as butterflies. They all come and hang around with very little fear of humans (even land on humans). They fight over their spots and eat and eat for as long as they can. For me it has become an opportune time to capture their presence.

Very hard to focus the camera when it's sitting on ones leg

Very hard to focus the camera when it's sitting on ones leg

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Andi Saw 2 years ago
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Camellia Staab Replied to Andi Saw 2 years ago

Thank you Andi, the tree stays at least for one more year :)

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#27 - what a large insect!!!! wink rabbit2 
I love your "trap" - you lured the most beautiful butterflies into it! Great shots, lot of details and just beautiful. On the other hand, I think the most interesting pictures are #11 and #25, although the wasp isn't clear and sharp in all parts (doesn't matter at all!).

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years ago

While standing there, sitting there, kneeling there, I was non-stop being bitten by sweat bees who were also hovering over the "trap". I really would have liked a sharper image of the wasp but I was also afraid of being stung, granted they only sting if they feel threatened but then again my presence was a threat.

Glad to see you, was kind of worried that your parents were not doing well, hence your absence.

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George Kunschman 2 years ago

#9 Wings so large compared to the size of its body. Nice job on all the critters!

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Camellia Staab Replied to George Kunschman 2 years ago

True George, never even thought of that. Thanks :)

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Berckmans Peter 2 years ago

#8 my fav. Good composition. Butterflies are great to photograph

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years ago

Truth be known Peter no composition was taken into consideration....it was a shoot, shoot,.

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Ram Ya 2 years ago

I am glad you are keeping the tree, Camellia 
"If you build it they will come" is certainly not true, it takes a bit more than that 😜.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Ram Ya 2 years ago

Ram, I hear a voice of experience laughing

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Jay Boggess 2 years ago

Nice work!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years ago

Thank you :)

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years ago

Always a pleasure!

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Pino Pino 2 years ago

Nature recognizes the value in everything... great blog... great captures...

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Antonio Gil 2 years ago

Please, do not cut the apple tree, otherwise we do not be able to see such beauties

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years ago

Well the tree showed its value this year, therefor he will stay for another year ;)

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