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Scott M

Dog Day Cicada Activity

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The farmer's old adage is "make hay when the sun shines." With one of the wetter Augusts in recent history, the dog day cicadas in my neighborhood were busy making their hay in the sunshine this weekend, that is, molting from their last nymphal stage into adult forms.

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I'm hoping that our house will have a nice SLR camera by next spring/summer. These were all taken with a point and shoot.

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Nothing wrong with a point and shoot camera. They are made very well in the digital age if you spend a couple hundred bucks. The nice thing about slr is the ability to change lenses. I use both types. when I don't feel like lugging my 30 pound back pack along, I carry the wifes 5mb olympus in my pocket. Takes fine pictures. A pictre is a picture. Ask Johhny Redhorse. he shoots point and shoot and has some wonderfull images.

So please dont fret the point and shoot and continue to share your work with us. when you get the slr, your natural progression as a photographer will just follow.

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Nothing wrong with a point and shoot camera. They are made very well in the digital age if you spend a couple hundred bucks. The nice thing about slr is the ability to change lenses. I use both types. when I don't feel like lugging my 30 pound back pack along, I carry the wifes 5mb olympus in my pocket. Takes fine pictures. A pictre is a picture. Ask Johhny Redhorse. he shoots point and shoot and has some wonderfull images.

So please dont fret the point and shoot and continue to share your work with us. when you get the slr, your natural progression as a photographer will just follow.

Sorry for the newbie dumb question, but isn't the beauty of a SLR the ability to choose what is in focus (among other things)? (This is where stfcatfish says 'there are no dumb questions, just dumb people' smile ) I must have taken 25 pictures and those were the best 4-5, the rest were way out of focus. You can see the camera is focusing on the tree bark more than the insect.

I found a yellow toadstool and a misty bunchberry a few weeks ago and again, the p&s camera had a heck of a time getting anything to focus. I want that ability to choose what is in focus. That's why I'm counting the days until we can upgrade around here...

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