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Four times a year, Chesapeake Central Library hosts the “Nature Photo Night at the Library” event. Anyone who wants to show their nature or wildlife photography can bring 20 photos or so on a USB device or a CD. We project the photos onto the library’s movie screen, and everyone discusses and admires them. It’s a lot of fun,

 and we’ve been doing this for a few years now. We all learn from each other, and it’s good fellowship! And in this blog entry, I want to showcase some of the outstanding work that some of our photographers shared at our last meeting.

Let’s start off with Nora Leonard’s terrific macro photo of a caterpillar on parsley. I know this caterpillar well because I’ve raised and released thousands of them over the past few years (once they became butterflies, of course). This is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar, and they feed on plants in the dill family including fennel, rue and parsley. As Nora says, “This is the result of planting a pot of parsley.” If you plant it, they will definitely come — and eat it up.

Nora caterpillar

Elena, who is 12 or 13 years old, took photos of the “blood moon” that we had last month, and created a collage of the different phases. Her excellent photo and her write-up are below:

Elena Blood Moons

“This is a collage of the stages of the recent ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse.  The first photograph on the far left was taken about 4:30 am, when the moon was about to turn red.  You can see it is getting shadowy around the edges.  The middle photograph is when it was the most red (though admittedly the photo is a bit blurry), taken about 5:30 am.  And the final photograph on the far right is when the moon was ‘fading away’, taken at approximately 6:00 am.  You can see the early morning sunlight creeping around the edges of the building at the bottom.”  — Elena

Tim Fearington is one of the best photographers in our group, and he has been with us since the beginning. His wildlife photos are outstanding and the envy of most of the rest of us. Below is a photo he took this summer of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding her two chicks:

      Tim Hummingbirds
Kathy Curry is new to our group, and we’re very happy she joined us! Here is one of the photos she showed, and her explanation:

Kathy Monarch

“[Here is] one of the shots I took the day of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Monarch butterfly release.  I had tagged and released mine and continued on in the gardens to take more pictures and saw quite a few.  This one posed for me.”

Bill Niven has also been with the photo group since we began, and I think he takes more photos than anyone I know! He’s always exploring the nooks and crannies of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Mackay Island and other places with opportunities for nature photography. He takes splendid sunrise photos, but this time he sent the two “critter” photos below; a Red-tailed Hawk portrait that he took at Hog Island in Surry County,  and a “cute little” Cottonmouth that he found at Mackay Island:

Bill RT Hawk

 

Bill Cottonmouth

Carlos Hernandez took this photo of a juvenile Great Blue Heron at Chincoteague (one of my favorite places):

Carlos- GB Heron

I love Laurie Barnett’s beautiful black and white study of wooden boats:

Laurie- Boats

My own photo, below, is of a soaring Osprey that I saw at the Eastern Shore of Virginia:

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And last, here’s another of Tim Fearington’s photos. This one is of a Merlin that he photographed at Back Bay N.W.R. I happened to be with him at the time, and that falcon was quite a long distance from us against a bright sky; he still managed to get an outstanding photo, a real testimony to his skill.

Tim Merlin

“Photo Night at the Library” is held four times a year, usually on the last Monday of January, April, July and October. The exact dates for 2015 are January 26, April 27, July 27, and October 26. The event is open to everyone, and all ages and skill levels are welcome. If you don’t want to show photos of your own but want to see what others are showing, you’re welcome to join us too. If you have any questions, please give me a call at 757-410-7147 — ask for Karen.

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