Photo Binge 2014 – Day 5: Medina River Natural Area
I was dead tired when I got back from the trip to Brazos Bend and High Island. Dead tired. My fuzzy recollection is that I stumbled into the house, had some form of dinner, washed off the debris that was the day, and then headed to bed. And I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow…
But the next morning, bright and early, my mind said, “Push!” So push I did, heading out to Medina River Natural Area in San Antonio, Texas. I went fairly close to home because while the brain said “Go,” the body was poking me somewhat ungently with the message of “No.”
I walked only the concrete greenway again, going about .75 miles (about 1.2 km) in before turning around and heading back. For a warm morning, there just wasn’t a lot moving. A couple of robber flies, a couple of dragonflies, and a few grasshoppers were among the insects. I expected quite a few lizards to be out, but no such luck.
At about the 1/4 mile mark before the parking lot, my body was reminding me that sometimes too much is too much. I managed to make it to the car safely, killing a Gatorade I had in the ice chest when I did get back. But that last quarter mile was enough to tell me that maybe I needed to take a day off.
About the Images:
As always, the images were made with the Standard Gear, on the tripod, with no flash, and all images at ISO 400. Leading this parade is a yet unidentified species of Robber Fly that was nice enough to perch up on a cactus for me (1/320 sec at f/11, but with some serious work needed in the digital darkroom). A hair before the half-way mark of the walk I found this Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox) perched in a somewhat precarious position (1/60 sec at f/11). And near the end of the walk was this Two-striped Mermiria grasshopper (Mermiria bivittata) in a somewhat unusual position. That position would be one in which I could make a full-body shot with hopes of getting an unobstructed shot (1/640 sec at f/11 and I wish I had opened the aperture up a little more).