Ropalidia Social Wasp

Ropalidia Social Wasp

I found these Ropalidia species of paper wasps, on a dry twig in my garden. I was using my Canon EOS 70D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, lit by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash with a DIY diffuser to capture these wasps and their nest. The social wasp genus Ropalidia, … Read more

Kudla Kalamela 2017

Kudla Kalamela 2017

The much awaited Kudla Kalamela 2017 was back with more participation and more attraction. It was held on the 15th of April 2017 and 16th of April 2017. Promoted by Karavali Chitra Kala Chavadi and media powered by Beauty Wall Spot, the event presented around 200 promising artists from Karnataka and neighbouring Kerala with more … Read more

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022 Brief Hands-on Review

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A02

When Tamron announced its SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 lens back in 2014, I had reviewed it on this blog here. Recently when Tamron introduced its 2nd version, I was curious to review it. This time I was hoping someone in my friend’s circle would be purchasing it so that I could test … Read more

Female Fulvous Forest Skimmer

Female Fulvous Forest Skimmer

I found this female Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia) dragonfly perched on a dry twig in our kitchen garden. It was a harsh August afternoon dappled sunlight falling over the dragonfly. Instead of using a macro lens I tried using a different strategy to capture dragonfly. Since many dragonflies are wary of approach by humans, … Read more

Cactus Fly

Cactus Fly - Telostylus sp.

I found this Cactus Fly belonging to Telostylus species. This single fly was a tough one to capture as it used to disappear behind leaves as soon as its big eyes spotted my camera. I had to wait for it to reappear and disappear again. We both were playing hide and seek in the process. … Read more

Ant Farmer

Ant Sucking HoneyDew from Aphid

Who would consider ants farmers? Farmer is not a vocation naturally assigned to these tiny insects. The fact is that they herd and care for aphids to keep a much-loved food in constant supply. Aphids and ants on plants are as interdependent as Idli & sambar. I saw this Camponotus Ant on the underside of … Read more