At the end of last year I discovered Photochallenge.org. This is a small group of photographers who set forth a weekly challenge to other professional and amateur photographers. What I was drawn to with this weekly assignment is that is pushes you to try new techniques and get out and take pictures on a weekly basis. I'm taking part again this year and will also do a quick blog post about each of them. The rules of the challenge do require that these are new pictures, not from your back catalog. With my busy work schedule, I may not be able to get out each week and do this, so I will likely add a few of my older photos on the blog--taking the opportunity to look at the plethora of pictures I've taken and actually do some processing and weeding.
2016 Photochallenge Week 14: Death In Nature
This week's challenge is an interesting one: to document the normal death/life cycle in nature. I've recently been taking more nature shots so I was excited about this one. However, being in the right place at the right time has a lot to do with this subject. With spring only now starting (it snowed this morning here in Minnesota) there isn't a ton of animal/insect action out there yet. I did look through my back catalog for some shots that fit the bill as well.
2) Entangled: This one was from last fall. An enormous spider had set up a web on my deck and I went out several days to take some macro shots of it. On this particular day it had snared a big yellow-jacket wasp. I kept the spider around despite its freakish size since it was keeping down the wasp population!