I visited the areas of the Rancocas Woods in New Jersey. It is a state park flanked by a series of county parks along with various development. Not necessarily a rural area in New Jersey, but close. I strolled along the flowers looking for little wildlife that reminds me of the season that I have been waiting for since September of 2010. I spent about an hour looking for subjects and the rest was spent simply enjoying the weather.
The majestic monarch butterfly.
Can anybody say a ball of Japanese Beetles?
Here we see a small fishing spider. This is a small one; they can get bigger.
This dragonfly is behaving more like a butterfly.
As I entered the Rancocas Creek along the nature trails, I noticed some damselflies. Since much of the lighting was obstructed by the thick forests, I felt flash was a must. Although I was getting sharp pictures with the flash set up, I was not getting the true blue color of the flies. So I turned the flash off, adjusted my settings to let in more light and held my breath. I always felt that shallow depth of field was usually reserved elsewhere instead of macro, but what a difference! These are the same flies taken twice; one with flash, and the other without.
The same damselfly taken both with and without flash.