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Lady’s Slipper Sunset Photograpy Outing

Our photography club outing for this month was a trip to Lady Slipper to try and get a shot of the sunset. Unfortunately the weather did not play fair and was really cloudy and miserable! I only got one decent shot on this trip and I am really proud of it.

Lady Slipper Sunset

The second picture is a shot I took a year ago when the weather was a little better.

Lady Slipper Sunset

 

If you get the opportunity to visit Lady’s Slipper, don’t turn it down. ┬áIt is really an awesome place.
Both these photos were taken with a Canon 7D camera using 3 photos merged in LuminanceHDR software to give the dynamic effects.

Curious Green Jumping Spider

This curious jumping spider is from the family Salticidae in the spider order Araneae. Both spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida.
There are more than 4000 species of these spiders. The jumping spiders big eyes are so sharp, they can see things clearly from as far away as 20 times the length of the spiders body.
All jumpers have eight eyes, and two of the eyes are huge in Comparison. Jumpers have superb vision which is better than any other kind of spider. With its eight eyes they can see in almost every direction at once. This particular spider I shot in my back yard. Each time I got close the spider, it jumped onto my lens, leaving a trail of web all over the camera.

Green Jumping Spider

Another angle of the same spider looking up to where it was going to jump.

Green Jumping Spider

Tropical House Gecko

The Tropical House Gecko, Afro-American house gecko or Cosmopolitan house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia) is a species of house gecko native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is also currently found in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, where it has been inadvertently introduced by humans.
This species is mainly nocturnal and can attain a maximum length of 12.7 cm (5 in). Its diet is varied, and includes animals such as spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, anoles and other geckos. The Tropical house gecko can be found predominantly in urban locations.

Tropical House Gecko

King of the Jungle

The King of the Jungle, the African Lion, or Panthera Leo, is a carnivorous animal which is part of the Cat Family. They stand about 1.2m high and are
150 to 230 Kgs. They tend to live in savannas, grasslands, dense bush and woodlands.
Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male….

King of the Jungle

Only male lions have manes. Males defend the pride’s territory, which may include some 259 square kilometers of land. These intimidating animals mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their territory.

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

Female lions are the primary hunters. They often work together to prey upon antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands. Although most of the animals are faster than the lions, the working together helps catch the prey.

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

All these pictures were taken at Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

King of the Jungle

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males are typically red bodied with red leading wings. Their food mainly consists of passing insects.

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

Common Green Mantid (Mantis) Head

This picture is a macro shot of a Common Green Mantid (Mantis)Family Mantidae. Its scientific name is Sphodromantis Gastrica. These mantids have large bodies of about 55mm in length, they are robust and bright green. The females are much fatter than the males. Their diet consists of mainly caterpillars and insects. They are extremely common in gardens, in trees and in undisturbed vegetation. This macro was taken with a Canon MPE65 Lens at about 3.5X.

Common Green Mantid

White Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It contains several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known as hibiscus, sorrel, and flor de Jamaica, or less widely known as rosemallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees.

White Hibiscus

Crowned Lapwing (Plover)

The Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus Coronatus) has a black cap surrounded by a white ‘halo’ giving this bird its name. The legs and basal part of it bill are a reddish pink color. There is also a black band separating it’s breast from its belly. They live in short grass, on golf courses or on playing fields.

Crowned Plover

Wall Crab Spider

Wall Crab Spiders, from the family Selenopidae, are common in houses, especially in the eastern regions of South Africa. These are pretty common house spiders and are also known as Flatties. They have flat bodies and legs that are spread out like a crab. They have long spines on the legs possibly for sensing movement. They are extremely agile and can move very fast when either hunting or if they are disturbed.

Wall Crab Spider