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An Aggressive Mantis

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Yesterday morning I was cleaning one of the terraces here at the Quinta and noticed a female Preying Mantis under the lip one of the steps. It was a warm December day and assumed she was laying an egg sack, called an Ootheca. She actually wasn’t so as I needed to hose down the area I decided to move her. I have relocated many Mantises by picking them up and they usually stand their ground but this lady was having none of it. She immediately went I to full defence mode and started to grab my fingers with her Raptorial Legs. As you can see in the photos she even opened her wings to make her look scary but actually I think made her look more pretty!

All photos were shot and edited using Lightroom on my Samsung Galaxy S9+ Smartphone.

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December Sunset At Carvoeiro

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I have been wanting to shoot from this iconic Algarve viewpoint for a while and as I will be at the Christmas Fair at The Smokehouse & Tapas Bar in Carvoeiro on Sunday I thought it a good idea to have a local photograph to include in the display.

This evening I arrived early to setup for a “2nd Sunset” (the colourful sky after the sun has set) shot, but the clouds started rolling in so changed my plan for an actual sunset shot instead.

If you want to see this image in print and mounted, please come along on Sunday.

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Sunset at Carvoeiro
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Wally’s Enjoying The Larger River Pools – Plus 10% Xmas Discount Off Dogs-In-Nature Gift Vouchers!

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The river pools are getting larger by the day but even after all the rain there is no sign of the river running anytime soon. However, Wally was enjoying running in an out of one of the larger pools this morning and I was at hand with the camera to capture him.

Why not give a different gift this year to anyone living in the Algarve or Lower Alentejo, a Dogs-In-Nature Gift Voucher and up until Christmas Eve, enjoy a 10% discount! For more information on my Dogs-In-Nature photo shoots, please Read Here!

I love the way that the early morning sun is catching the water droplets.

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Wally Exiting The River
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A Huge Thank You!

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Although I have been a photographer for quite some time, it still leaves me speechless and humble (although many will disagree with the speechless bit) when my goal of making people go “WOW!” is acheived.

Yesterday’s Christmas Fair in Almádena did just that. As an artist, when I shoot, process, print and frame my photographs the goal is to share the passion of capturing my images to all. So when a response such as yesterday resulting in so many of my prints being sold and taken home (along with my calendars) it is a feeling that is difficult to describe.

I want to thank everyone who stopped by viewed and chatted about my work and of course, an extended thanks to the many people who purchased prints. It really is a special feeling knowing that the work I have created is hanging on somebody’s wall to be admired. It was also good to meet many of my Facebook and blog followers too!

THANK YOU!

Due to an unforseen issue, I won’t be able to make the fair in Ferragudo today, but have added a new fair at the Smokehouse & Tapas Bar in Carvoeiro on Sunday 8th December, I look forward to displaying more work and meeting new people there!

Please take a look at my list of Christmas Fairs.
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(African) Death’s-Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

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A great find this morning in the garden, although, it was the dogs that found it, not me!

This is a Death’s-Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar, the name comes from the pattern of a skull on on the back of the moth. I have never seen the actual moth, but have put a library photo at the end. There are 3 species of this moth, this one is the African Death’s-Head Hawkmoth with the scientific name of Acherontia atropos, the other 2 species (Acherontia lachesisare and Acherontia styx) are found in Asia.

This Caterpillar is one of the largest I’ve seen, even bigger than the Elephant Hawkmoth. It was around 12-14cm in length and over 2cm wide. In fact it was so long that I struggled to get it all in focus, even with a small aperture.

When approached they click their mandibles as a defense tactic, although it’s not very loud. I relocated it away from the dogs to go about its business.


📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 1/640sec, f/14, ISO200
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Rainy Sunrise At Ferragudo

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The weather promised that the rain would ease and the clouds would break. I woke at 5am to rain but put my trust in the weather forecast that insisted it was going to clear. I got in the car and I could see stars in the sky! Yes, it started to clear.

However, the 40 minute drive to Ferragudo and the clouds rolled in again. I waited hoping for some pre-sunrise shots, but the clouds made it far too dark. Then there was another break in the clouds just as the sun was rising. I setup on the beach and started to take some long exposures but the clouds just kept building and I couldn’t help notice a large rain shower approaching. Just as the sun was rising above the roof tops of Ferragudo, I shot the photo below. This is not what I was hoping for, but I was determined to come away with something, but I don’t really like it!

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Rainy Sunrise At Ferragudo
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