Ladybugs in Colors

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I’m blessed to live in a village with enough greens to sustain the life of various insects. I’ve always loved to observe those tiny critters, only observing their colors and beauty, though.

Here some of ladybugs I find around my backyard that thrive during this rainy season. Capturing their pictures are not an easy job because of their round and shiny back makes it difficult for me to get the focus I need before pressing the shutter. They also love to move around really fast. But I guess I’m lucky to have some presentable pictures at the end of the day.  Enjoy 😀

 

Orange with 9 spots ladybug, smaller, rounder in size

Orange with 9 spots ladybug, smaller, rounder in size

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This round ladybug has 9 large spots and yellowish orange color. It’s also my favorite.

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Another ladybug with stripes and spots, orange and oval

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Another variant, deep orange ladybug with stripes and spots but the shape is a bit different than the pink one.

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Pink ladybugs with the combination of stripes and spot. It’s one of my favorite.

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Another orange ladybug with 9 spots and it definitely is bigger than the other orange ladybugs

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Red orange (I can’t decide what color :D) ladybug with 9 large spots. It’s bigger that the orange one

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Red ladybug with stripes and i has no spots.

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Teeny weeny orange ladybug with 8 spots

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It has no spot but lines instead. I wonder.

NB : Captured with Nikon D40 and vintage lens Vivitar 70-150 mm, with a big help of Raynox.

Rawa Pening, Central Java

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Rawa Pening is a swampy area situated near the city of Salatiga, Central Java. It is actually a lake  but because of the slowly sedimentation it became shallower by the day. It is also densely populated by water hyacinth, in fact most of the surface is invaded by this plant.

Many people depend their life on this lake from fishing, fish farming and also gathering water hyacinth stalks to be dried and made into handmade souvenirs. I did not go to the workshops so I would not have any picture of souvenirs made of dried water hyacinth stalks here.

Last year around midyear was the first time I went to Rawa Pening with a group of friends from Semarang. It took us around two hours drive to get there. It was a normal scorching hot afternoon in drought season. The sun was shining full force with very little cloud on the sky.

We went to the area to the far side of the lake where locals were busy collecting water hyacinth stalks using wheel carts, while some were busy tying those stalks into bunches and  putting the bunches on the ground to dry. Meanwhile some men worked together unloading the stalks from jukung (small traditional boat used by the locals to go around the lake) then wheeled them away to shore. The stalks  were  mostly harvested on deeper part of the lake so they needed jukung to bring them ashore.

We were there for quite sometime photographing the activities of the locals and also walking around a bit to get more interesting views. I did not take enough pictures that day because of my troubled pocket camera. It apparently had problem with the motor so it failed to focus and just went blank and died. Well, it’s broken in the end of the journey just right before capturing the sunset. So the pictures I share here, some were captured by cellphone camera.

Well, here are the pictures I took that day. Enjoy! 😀

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My friends and I walk by the paddy fields. One friend of mine -who lives nearby- says that some of these paddy fields can only be  seen on drought season because when  the water raises due to the huge amount of rainfall in rainy season, some of dried land will once again be submerged under  water.

My friends and I walk by the rice fields. One friend of mine -who lives nearby- says that some of these rice fields can only be seen on drought season because when the water raises due to the huge amount of rainfall in rainy season, some of dried land will once again be submerged under water.

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A simple small hut by the rice fields is usually used by the farmers to guard their ripening rice stalks from the attack of a large groups of small birds feed on the rice grains.

A simple small hut by the rice fields is usually used by the farmers to guard their ripening rice stalks from the attack of a large groups of small birds feed on the rice grains.

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An old man is washing his  hands after a long day work on the dried up part of the swamp. Here you can see the bunches of water hyacinth stalks that are being sun-dried.

An old man is washing his hands after a long day work on the dried up part of the swamp. Here you can see the bunches of water hyacinth stalks that are being sun-dried.

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A man paddling on his jukung (small traditional boat). This is also the man who helps me up when I accidentally do split between two jukungs while I am trying to capture the beauty of Rawa Pening with the mountains on the background, but lose my footing and end up having one foot on each jukung. My friends laugh hysterically seeing me make a total fool of myself. They even take series of pictures from the beginning to the end of that silly moment. Haha!

A man paddling on his jukung (small traditional boat). This is also the man who helps me up when I accidentally do split between two jukungs while I am trying to capture the beauty of Rawa Pening with the mountain on the background. I lose my footing and end up having one foot on each jukung. My friends laugh hysterically seeing me make a total fool of myself. They even take series of pictures from the beginning to the end of that silly moment. Haha!

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I don't really know what the concrete construction is for. I stand on the other side of the construction  when I take this picture with my cellphone. I wonder if I can call them "a bridge" because they look like one but they are not connected to each other. I don't know :D

I don’t really know what the concrete construction is for. I stand on the other side of it, on a similar construction when I take this picture with my cellphone. I wonder if I can call them “a bridge” because they look like one but they are not connected to each other. I don’t know 😀

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This rice fields are going to be submerged under water once the rainy season comes.

This rice fields are going to be submerged under water once the rainy season comes.

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I capture this ray of light right before the sun sets, another picture I take with my cellphone.

I capture this ray of light right before the sun sets, another picture I take with my cellphone.

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A beautiful orange butterfly. Actually I see so many different kinds of butterflies but they are too swift and this butterfly is the only one that sits long enough on a plant so I can take a picture of it.

A beautiful orange butterfly. Actually I see so many different kinds of butterflies but they are too swift and this butterfly is the only one that sits long enough on a plant so I can take a picture of it.

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Lilac flowers of water hyacinth. I see some water hyacinth flowers darker shade color but  do not manage to picture any because their position is hard to reach :D

Lilac flowers of water hyacinth. I see some water hyacinth flowers with darker shade of color but do not manage to picture any because their position is hard to reach 😀

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I shoot this spider right before my pocket camera dies on me :(

I shoot this spider right before my pocket camera dies on me 😦

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Merge

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Wow! I don’t know how long I didn’t update my photoblog. I guess it’s quite sometime coz I had a friend of mine telling me to start posting again. I’ve got stocks need to be shared and stories need to told but I was so lazy just to put some watermarks on those pictures and write some illustration to go with them to tell the world what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen.

So, now I start over by posting for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge : Merge. Here are some of my collection which I took when I went back to my home country, Indonesia. These golden bugs which I don’t know exactly what to call, live in bushes near paddyfields. They started as eggs then hatched into larvae for sometime -I am not sure how long- , then turn into chrysalis or pupa (?) if I may call them so and finally emerge as adult bugs.

They have lovely color of golden and both sexes have different sizes. I’m not sure how to tell them apart but one of them is bigger that another. If they’re something like frogs, I am sure the bigger one is female and the smaller one is the male. Alright, here are the bugs 🙂

 

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Which one is female?

 

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Making love under the blue sky 😛

 

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Between my fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washed Away

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I never knew that going on a hike would make me have lots and lots of pics to share. Couple weeks ago once I got to the Big Wave Bay, I shot some candid (that I would share in another post later) and also much to my surprise, I found seashells etc along the beach as I walked to the cliff on the side of the beach. Here are the cuties (and not so cuties) 😆

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Butterflies and Moths

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I went hiking again yesterday (04/04/12) with a friend. Strangely enough, we met lots of tiny critters I could take photos of  :). I said that she attracted all kind animals along the way, that’s why.   I should take her along later in the future hiking so I could meet more tiny critters to add to my collections. Hahahaha…..

 

The first moth we saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We found this beauty right before we reached Shek O Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have no idea why this butterfly had numbers written on its wings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This butterfly put on a show when I took pictures of it. It allowed me to photograph in every angle without having to move my camera 😆

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This poor thing was already dying when I found it on the ground