Sunday, May 31, 2009

Monochrome Maniacs

I'm cheating just a little. I'm not actually sure if this is black and white or color. I took some shots in both but some of them looked the same like this one. I thought this was really cool. It was a bug on the water of a little creek that runs through Descanso Gardens. I'm not sure what kind of but it is but I liked the depressions made in the smooth surface of the water where its feet touched the water and the the reflections of the trees in those depressions.


Not sure what kind of bug it is. I thought they were mosquitoes but they're awfully big for mosquitoes. There were quite a few of them literally bouncing around on the water.

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39 comments:

Anne-Berit said...

I think it`s awesome,well done!

Mary said...

I believe it is called a water strider. They do make cool photos!

Clueless in Boston said...

Really cool picture. It looks monochrome to me.

Carver said...

Wow, that's a great shot. Very interesting.

Ebie said...

Wow, great shot! I thought it is resting on some metal form, and it is water indeed! Very impressive.

kden said...

Ah, who cares what color it is. It's really cool, in a buggy kind of way.

napaboaniya said...

Nice shot of the bug!
Looks like a stick insect, but I doubt it is. I'm hopeless with names of bugs..lol

Have a good Monday!!!

Vicki ~ FL said...

Whatever it is it's cool and a great photo!

Thanks for stopping by:-)

magiceye said...

fantastic shot!

Anne said...

So perfrect!!

Anne said...

Just great!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A most unusual shot TB. Yes they do look like mosquitoes but are not I think you call them Pond Skaters.

Aileni said...

We would call it a 'water-boatman''
I like the reflections in the meniscus around the feet. This creature lives in constant tension - surface tension.

jabblog said...

Great macro monochrome of your water boatman.

Esther Garvi said...

Beautiful nevertheless!

Ninnu said...

WOW!

Greyscale Territory said...

Amazing photo of the big beauty of small things!

T and S said...

This is that fella who keeps walking on water right ? That's beautifully shot. The reflections are stunning.

Amal Bose said...

it was a really good shot...
nice work


keep smiling :)

Dianne said...

that is a fantastic shot!!

Ellie said...

Mom, I have a water strider in my milk :)
Unbelievable - they move so fast I never thought about following one. Had no idea they are such a beautiful sight up close! The reflections on the contact spots are from out of this world. Amazing! Thank you!

Daryl said...

I think they are mosquitos .. if not they sure look like it

Great shot

fishing guy said...

T: wonderful capture of the Water Skitter, an amazing creature.

Mary said...

Wow, love those reflections -- very well done!

I hope you will join Mosaic Monday, either this week or next. :)

xoxo,
Mary

sunnymama said...

I don't know what it is either, but it's an amazing picture!

michael bird said...

Known as water skippers in my world, also water striders (http://sfcitizen.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/_o8f9000-copy1.jpg). In any case, a beautiful b&w, 2sweetnsaxy. Nifty on the macro photography.

Wolynski said...

Wow, beautiful shot. Using the macro setting?

Shaun said...

Fantastic shot...

Regina said...

Interesting. It's a great one!

Karen said...

That is awesome !!!

Those depressions and reflections are realy cool...

I so want a nacro lens !!! :-)

Re the US OUT nbanner in my post...a number of posters pointed out that there is a check mark next to the words, so it should be read as 'Check Us Out'.

OK, that makes sense ... to an American, however, I'm originally from New Zealand and there, that mark is a tick mark ...so my Kiwi brain was getting totally confused!! :-)

Shaun said...

Hi, I replied to your comment on my blog... I would like to get your feedback, since clearly you are competent at this...:::)))

Bim said...

In the UK these are called water boatmen. This is a totally fabulous shot!

storyteller said...

Marvelous monochrome capture ... fascinating and unique ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Judy said...

Absolutely incredible! I would never have thought reflections in such tiny spaces could be possible!

The Right Blue said...

Excellent macro of the bug. I've seen these on ponds and lakes, but I don't know what they are called.

Denise said...

Beautiful, beautiful photo of this little bug. I am always so impressed with your macro photography. As for your comment, I just wanted to say that it is easy to confuse the groundhog and the beaver, and I also posted a groundhog previously so that might be where the confusion lay. Thanks for stopping by, always lovely to see you over at my place.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice one. Works for me!

roentarre said...

This shot is priceless

Great timing and spotting

Danielle said...

This is really cool! Little water bug I guess. I like the reflections and depressions too. Great shot.