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I bet you thought it would be something Christmas-y, no? Fooled you! πŸ™‚

“Chiaroscuro” (Ladybug on Peony Leaf) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/800s, -0.7EV, ISO 640


  1. Christmas Colors!!!

  2. A super nice and beautiful little guy who apparently has crept into hiding to avoid cold and winter – and Christmas! I’m glad you were there too – great shot πŸ˜‰

    • Ha! I don’t know where ladybugs go in winter…this shot is from earlier this year – end of May to be exact. Sigh. I sure do miss May! Thanks, Truels! πŸ™‚

  3. Yup! You fooled me, but it was a beautiful surprise……..wonderful photo! I’ve missed your photo posts and glad to see yesterday’s and today’s! πŸ™‚

    • I’m sneaky like that! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much, Carol! It is nice to be missed! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh, you know I love these macro shots! This is such a great one too! What color and so tack sharp! Great shot!

    • Well, my β™₯ belongs to macro, for sure! πŸ™‚

      Thank you – you are too kind! πŸ™‚

  5. How cute! Perfectly nestled inside the leaf.
    I β™₯ ladybugs

    • Thanks, M!

      Isn’t s/he?? I thought so. I swear it was getting very annoyed with me when I was shooting! All s/he wanted to do is bask in the warm sun and I go and stick a huge lens in it’s face! πŸ˜€

      I β™₯ ladybugs, too. πŸ˜‰

  6. Saved from warmer weather or a Florida shot?
    Great macro!

    • You caught me! Saved from warmer weather…I’ve looked at this shot soooo many times and just couldn’t think of anything clever to post with it. When I saw it today and noticed the red and green, well, the post basically wrote itself!

      Thanks, Karen! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow, I love this shot

    • Thank you, Consuelo! Really can’t go wrong with a ladybug, now can we? πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, s/he’s cute!

  9. Ladybug in wordpress snow – hmmm. Nice shot Tracy.

  10. Oh wow, this is too cool. Love how the lil’ bug is nestled so cozily in that leaf.

    • Thanks, Amber! I’ve been saving this one for awhile, too! Glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  11. I like how you used blur and the light to create the chiaroscuro effect. For me, Christmas has never been about snow. I think its gorgeous.

    • You picked up on the chiaroscuro!!!! Yay!! Made my day – thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  12. None too many of those around now… at least not over here there’s not… Love the shot Tracy, great colour and detail…

    • None here, either. This shot is from Springtime. I so miss Springtime!

      Thanks, Brian! πŸ™‚

  13. Lovely little lady there, Tracy. Another great closeup.

  14. What a lovely ladybug! πŸ™‚

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