My 2 Week Safari

Now that is an exciting title isn't it!?!? A 2 week safari! Far away lands, exotic animals, indigenous people to guide you on your way.  But.....I can't afford such a luxury. I can't get the time away from my day job to travel to foreign lands. Hell.....I don't even have my passport.

So what on earth am I talking about? I am talking about MY YARD. Yes, you read that right, my yard.

Jumping spider shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 & 60mm f/2.8 macro. Lit off camera with an FL-600r

Jumping spider shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 & 60mm f/2.8 macro. Lit off camera with an FL-600r

While it may not be roaming the African Savannah, photographing herds of elephant, it is still a place where you can see all shapes and sizes of exotic looking creatures. One simply needs to slow down, and look for the little world that exists in ALL our yards. And you really only need one lens. In the shot of the spider above I happen to be using the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro on my OM-D E-M1 For lighting I used the FL-600r and this cheap Fotodiox flash diffuser.

This hairy little fly was shot with the OM-D E-M10 and 60mm f/2.8 Macro as well.

This hairy little fly was shot with the OM-D E-M10 and 60mm f/2.8 Macro as well.

I am never let down by the variety of life that I find in my yard. And I rarely venture out and come back without some sort of little creature gracing my memory card. So if you are like me and unable to jet off to Africa or Madagascar, or some other far flung land to fulfill your photographic desires of strange and interesting creatures to shoot, I suggest you look no further than your own back yard. I challenge you to go out there and not find something weird and exciting.

 

One thing that amazes me is the wild colors that can be found in the insect world.

One thing that amazes me is the wild colors that can be found in the insect world.

Thank you for reading.

 

Jamie A. MacDonald