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Residential Wildlife

Throughout spring and summer when I have spare time, I browse my yard and garden for 'interesting' photo subjects. This includes unusual looking insects and an occasional flower when the light is right. When an insect isn't agreeable and won't sit patiently while I set-up, focus and shoot, I'll catch it with a small net and put it in the fridge - restricted, of course, from getting to my food. After five or ten minutes, I'll bring it back out and quickly take a few shots before it warms up enough to recover and move away. Larger versions of these photos can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or using the Slideshow below. If you're interested in macro photography and would like to try this type of photography, I've written a Beginner's Guide to Macro Photography. If you have any questions after reading this, please feel free to contact me - Robert Stephens at TheWorldinLight@aol-dot-com (please use the word "photos" in the subject line). TheWorldinLight has other categories of wildlife photos that can be viewed by choosing from the links in the following pull-down menu:

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close-up photo of a katydid nymph
Katydid Nymph #2561
Katydids return to my garden year-in and year-out, despite the large crop of Praying Mantises I raise each year.

macro photo of a jumping spider
Jumping Spider #2521
I've always had a problem with too many jumping spiders. But this is the first year I've had these large, black variety. Their body is about 3/8" long and they're quite intimidating-looking.

photo of praying mantises hatching
Mantis Hatch #2420
Many of the Praying Mantises hatched very late this year. One ootheca hatched only today - June 25, 2009.

photo of a baby squirrel
Baby Squirrel #2179
This little fella somehow fell out of his nest.

photo of a cardinal
Cardinal #2030
Colorful Cardinals are always nice to see in spring and summer.

photo of a goldfinch
Goldfinch #1917
Brightly colored Goldfinches are also a pleasure to see.

macro photo of a soldier beetle
Soldier Beetle #2506
I believe this is a Soldier Beetle.

close-up photo of a flower chafer
Flower Chafer #2566
This beetle is a Flower Chafer. TheWorldinLight has an assortment of macro photos of insects on the Close-ups of Insects page.

close-up photo of a cranefly
Cranefly #2546
This critter is a Cranefly - a large, delicate, and harmless fly.

photo of a purple finch
Purple Finch #2293
This finch is the same size as the House Sparrow, but so much prettier.

photo of a downy woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker #1868
These little Downy Woodpeckers don't stick around for long, unfortunately. They move out at the end of winter or early spring. But while they're around, they're a pleasant addition of a little bit of color.

photo of a sparrow
Sparrow #2347
Guess who's coming to dinner! This photo proves that there was a day or two when I had too little to do.

macro photo of a dragonfly
Dragonfly 2828
For some reason, my yard seems to attract dragonflies.

close-up photos of a dragonfly
Dragonfly #2828c
I would like to hear from the mother. Is this a face you love?

macro photo of a fly
Fly #2847

macro photo of a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Swallowtail #3587
I believe this is a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail.

close-up photo of a swallowtail butterfly
Swallowtail #3591
TheWorldinLight has an assortment of macro photos of butterflies at the Close-ups of Butterflies page.

close-up photo of a Monarch butterfly
Monarch #3568
The ever-popular Monarch butterfly

close-up photo of a Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
Hummingbird #5301
This Broad-tailed Hummingbird is a regular in my backyard in Ivins, Utah. Use the following link to see other Bird Photos.

macro photo of a Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis #3686
TheWorldinlight has an assortment of macro photos of Praying Mantises at the Close-ups of Praying Mantises page.

photo of a Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler #5337
This Yellow Rumped Warbler visited me in my backyard in Ivins, Utah.

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