Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Heart Macro 8-14-11

The one Kileigh knocked off the tree R.I.P.






Just emerging from its shell!





Stubby little wings, not yet unfurled.




Almost there, just a little more!





And it's all the way out.





My love of the underside still there.





Cool view from below.





An even better one from above.





Side by side, hard to believe this guy fit in that little shell.





Wings unfolded even more.





Glorious! I never knew they were so pretty.




Warning: Very picture intensive post! Thursday am, my daughter Jess called and told me she was watching the strangest thing in her front yard. She thought I might want to get some pictures of it. She thought she was watching a Cicada hatch out of its shell. She said it looked cool almost like a frog. Well. I'm sure not going to turn down a photo opportunity like that! Off I headed, camera in hand. My grand-daughter Kileigh was along for the ride. As soon as we got there, Jess showed me the Cicada and Kileigh promptly knocked it off the tree before I could even snap a picture. I did take several of the bug laying on the ground though. Sadly, this one didn't make it. Not sure if being knocked off the tree had something to do with it or not. Sad. Meantime, Jess's hubby Mike came home and pointed out another on the same tree in process of coming out. I got there just in time to witness most of it. Here are the pictures I took. It was amazing! Thanks for thinking of me Jess. I love you!

21 comments:

Sally Russick said...

OMG!! This is so cool! I love the one where it is emerging from the shell and the one of the wings. Oh my, the detail in the wings! Amazing shots!!

K Hutchinson said...

What gorgeous photos! Cicadas have to be my favorite insect! They only live two days, after it takes then 7 years to hatch. The boys are having a contest on who can collect the most exoskeletons.

zsazsazsu said...

awesome !

hello gorgeous said...

wow! great shots of an amazing event! wish I could do that...emerge out of my shell that is! ;o)

have a great week....

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Nadege, said...

I have never seen anything like that before, amazing images set. I love the last shot, so much details in the wings. The Cicada is quite beautiful.

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

What a great thing to have witnessed! It is amazing how they stay underground for so long (think about how small they are as eggs, then growing instar by instar - probably 5 shedding stages underground). Each time pumping their body fluids to their max to crack their shell and make the new "skin" expand before it hardens. So delighted you had your camera in hand!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Awesome photo series! Amazing photos of the event unfolding! I love the shot of its wings uncurled - just to see the color and texture is awesome!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

I've never seen a cicada emerge from it's shell. These are awesome pictures! The colors are so vivid and the detail in the wings is great.

Alison said...

Wow, those are amazing photos! What a beautiful insect!

Jessica said...

Glad I saw it happening so you could come get such great pictures, nice job Mom!! Kim - if you read this the boys should come to my house, we have PLENTY of cicada shells, lol

rockcreekcreations said...

That is really, really cool!

Liz said...

What absolutely amazing photos!!

T... said...

this is totaly cool, we listen to the Cicadas every night and my son was amazed to see your photos, thank you for sharing...wow

Holly said...

Oh goodness! What an incredibly beautiful feast for the eyes this was! I love these moment to moment shots :)

stregajewellry said...

All I can say is WOW! Incredible!

Wings N Scales said...

WOW...that is amazing! Bugs are such strange creatures and yet so beautiful if you look at them from different aspects such as your wonderful pictures...if only we could take off our coat like that...and start all over again with a brand new body...oh yea!

Kristi Bowman said...

That is so cool!!! Incredibly beautiful!!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I loved this! So cool that you stayed to capture all the stages. How long did it take?

You may enjoy my posts on everlasting daisies opening and closing through a day with hourly photos. I posted my last set yesterday
http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com/2011/08/perfectly-pink.html

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

these photos are just awesome! wow, what a photo op you were so lucky to capture. very very cool!

Lynn said...

There's a perfect example of one of my favorite sayings:

timing is everything

Very very cool!

Evealushion said...

awsome pictures, love it