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January 13, 2007: The curiosity of many things small

The time stamp is EST - not Singapore time - I was out at 1:45 pm - but that is 12:45 am in Charleston - and maybe even Durham and Chapel Hill.

I can't let Sparky and Mickey get ahead of me. After the T-1 implosion, how was I going to top that - so I decided, in spite of the rain and drizzle, to look around the neighborhood for some small insects. I was not disappointed.

Today the weather was so-so. Maybe rain, maybe drizzle, maybe nothing - so I ventured out as far as the Queenstown MRT station - and slightly beyone. Well the virtue of sticking close to home is that you don't know what you'll find. And in this case, walking past Fair Price - there were some bushes of these orange flowering things - and there was a bee. The goal was to practice focusing. I read somewhere that it was useful to use manual focus, and then take a sequence of photos so that maybe one was focused as an old man stands steady - but actually moves about quite a bit.

Here is the bee

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This is the same little guy - just a different angle and trying to maintain good focus

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The head is not well focused here - but check out the wings

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The bee and an ant

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Same bee, same ant - but not in focus

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Better focus of the bee head

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Better focus on the bee thorax

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Poor bee focus, better ant focus

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A pink flower

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Further studies of a bee - got the focus right this time

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Thorax focus not so good

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A small improvement

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Getting better

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From the side - check out the horseshoe-like tips on the front legs

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Looking eye to eye

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From the back

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A purple flower

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A butterfly hanging upside down - and hiding

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Another flower

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An ant

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This is for Valentin Krinsky - the spiral world of inside a banana leaf

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I thought this was a red ant

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But was wrong - after getting home, I found this was a spider. So the lesson learned from today - is that maybe this type of spide likes to build web amongst the leaf stuff

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This appears as if she is now behind her web

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Here is a pretty good view of spider and web - I think she is under her web

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Yes - clearly she has moved from being on top of the web to hiding under it

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And then a small small grasshopper - just chillin' on a leaf of grass

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Look at the length of the antennae

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A better focus

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This guy - just never could get a good view of

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But the butterfly - without words with the wings partially open

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again - but wings closing

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closer

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another view

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and a pink flower

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and two ants

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and a lonely ant

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and a closer view of the lonely ant

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and ants racing around this orange plant thing

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climbing around some more

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