At the end of the last 2 year, I enjoyed going through my photos and picking my favourite nature images. It’s a fun exercise but I didn’t manage to do it on time this year. It is almost 3 months late!
While I still enjoyed macro photography, 2016 was my least active year since I took up this hobby in 2007! With fewer shootings, it is normal that I don’t have many great photos. Only 10 images made the list this year!
#1 – Cousins of Hoppers
Grasshoppers and katydid are related and belong to the Order Orthoptera (meaning “straight wings”). Although they were probably cousins, it was an unusual moment to find them resting happily on the same dewy perch.
#2 – Change
It is not uncommon to see moulting of leaf-footed bug but this one stands out for the nice colour contrast which is really pleasing to the eyes.
#3 – Complicated Relationship
This is not a fantastic photo but I like it because it is really rare to find three giant millipedes doing some kind of business together. Were there mating or what?
#4 – Sex competition
Mating leaf beetles at Zhenghua Forest is quite a common sight. On 16 April 2016, there were at least 10 pairs within a radius of one metre. We were delighted to spot 2 pairs on the same perch. It was a real challenge to get both couples in sharp focus. I am glad this image turns out well.
#5 – In Love with Tawny Coster
Butterfly is one of the most difficult subjects to shoot as they do not stay at a position for more than a few seconds. The best time to shoot them is when they are mating. I was fortunate to get this beautiful pair with clean background.
#6 – Mating Ladybirds
The strong sunlight at the back helps to bring out the details and lines of the leaf which makes this shot interesting.
#7 – Katydids Love Flowers
Two katydid nymphs enjoying their favorite breakfast. A LED light was placed behind to get a backlighting effect.
#8 – Mushrooms Crossing
It was interesting to watch this caterpillar crossing from one mushroom to another. It can crawl pretty fast and I was surprised that it could hold its body in midair for a few seconds during the crossing as demonstrated in this photo.
#9 – Rob and Fly
Robber flies are also called assassin flies. They are impressive predators that specialize in hunting almost all flying insects including this poor long-legged fly. They have always been my favourite subjects but I have not shot them with prey for a fairly long time. Glad to add this one in my collection.
#10 – Luminuous Mushrooms
This a just an ordinary photo of a small cluster of luminuous mushrooms known as Mycena manipularis. I have included here as it has been on my shooting wishlist since 2009!
That’s all folks!