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Tiny wonders

The first time I saw photos of Slime Mold fruiting bodies, the equivalent of fungal caps, I couldn’t help thinking about life on another planet. The fact that these organisms actually turn into a slowly creeping slime when they are not in the reproductive stage sure helps my mental image of something alien.

These sporangia, a more technical name for the reproductive structure, are barely over one millimeter in length (one mm is about 1/24th of an inch). I am not very good at finding them, but there is a large and enthusiastic group of hobbyists and scientists that are constantly publishing photos of Myxomycetes, the technical name for the Slime Molds… they are good at finding these little marvels!

Arcyria incarnata. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Arcyria incarnata sporangia: they remind me of a group of friends gossiping.

These are among the first ones I have photographed. As you know, I am more of a landscape/wildlife photographer but… Hey, one must adapt to pandemic life! I was lucky to spot them growing on some rotting wood logs on the back of my garden.

Arcyria incarnata sporangia. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Arcyria incarnata sporangia or spore-bearing structures after opening.

My friend Federico Valverde was nice enough to identify them for me. He is a retired biologist that has found new fire for his scientific brain finding Slime Molds and photographing them. These beautiful Slime Mold species are named Arcyria incarnata.

Very fitting.

I will try to remember it.

Three Hummingbirds

Visiting a new area in Costa Rica nearly always means a change in the avian species around. Granted, some birds seem to pop up anywhere but there are always nice surprises.

The place we were staying was on the slope of a hill, with a long balcony overlooking the coast. A few feet below the balcony the Stachytarpheta shrubs were busy with hummingbirds flying non stop.

Photo of a Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Stachytarpheta nectar. Image by Eduardo Libby
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Stachytarpheta nectar.

The high viewpoint revealed the beautiful design on the tails of female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. But I was not too successful in getting eye-level shots of the males… well, I already had those anyway from their seasonal visit to my garden’s Stachytarpheta.

Photo of a Cinnamon Hummingbird. Image by Eduardo Libby
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Blue-throated Goldentail. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Blue-throated Goldentail perched on a dry Stachytarpheta inflorescence.

Soon I noticed two species I had not photographed before: the Cinnamon Hummingbird and the Blue-throated Goldentail. The first, kindly chose a well-located perch and posed for me. The Goldentail I shot perched on a dry inflorescence… enough to show its blue throat, but it was again the elevated viewpoint from the balcony that provided a nice picture of both its thick red bill and its magnificent Golden Tail.

Nice too for just a beach trip!

Male Blue-throated Goldentail. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Male Blue-throated Goldentail.

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Birds in flight: Olympus, Nikon and the swallows

As you frame the flying bird, put a focusing sensor on its eye, initiate tracking and compose your photo so there is space on the front… ‘Yeah right…. I shoot Swallows around here!’

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How good is in-camera focus stacking?

Even though not all digital cameras offer automated focus-stacking of focus-bracketed exposures, the Panasonic and Olympus micro four thirds cameras have been doing it for several years so far. I wanted to compare it with computer focus stacking and, with my garden orchids blooming, I finally did the test.

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Macro and Close Up? Give me my micro four thirds camera please!

When doing macro and close-up photography convenience is number one… well, a good subject is number one actually and quality is a given, but you get my drift…

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Simple Nature

Thanks to a partial lifting of our restrictions, and a couple days of good weather, we got the chance of visiting Waterfall Gardens, a private park and Zoo in the Costa Rican mountains. We went there on a weekday and I knew we would find almost nobody there.

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My Photo Exhibition in Costa Rica!

I have been honored to have a Black and White Photography Exhibition at the prestigious Calderón Guardia Museum in Costa Rica. Opening day on February 26 drew a large crowd of nice people and here are some snapshots from that night. Continue reading My Photo Exhibition in Costa Rica!

A happy family… with stacked teleconverters

In my post about nesting Least Grebes I said I would be showing photos of the distant birds taken with my 300mm lens and stacked 1.4X and 2.0X teleconverters. Here is a photo of one of the parents is about to feed a piece of crayfish to the chicks. Continue reading A happy family… with stacked teleconverters