In the fields: playing beek-a-boo by helenhall

In the fields: playing beek-a-boo

If you stop and wait, eventually the fields come alive and you start to spot a whole new world of characters going about their daily business. After some damsel fly watching and butterfly darting in the field and along by the river bank, I noticed this little fellow nosing around his chosen stem of grass and seemingly full of character. He wasn't that close by, so I was putting my zoom to the test in capturing this, and the other one in my main album.

My research pin points this as the nymph of a short winged ( or possibly long winged) cone head of which it is said: " It is a rather shy species and if approached too closely tends to adopt a ‘peek-a-boo’ defence posture, always trying to hide on the opposite side of a reed or stem from its observer, which can be both amusing and frustrating, especially if one is trying to photograph it!"
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Lovely zoom and capture, love all the colours and camouflage , is amazing what you come across when we really sit and wait to see what is out there, hiding around us. following and fav
June 26th, 2017  
Isn't it wonderful how photography opens up our eyes and patience is rewarded.
June 26th, 2017  
Well spotted. Great close up shot.
June 26th, 2017  
Love this capture, Helen! My kind of photo! I have learned firsthand how much there is to see in the beautiful world of nature when we stop, wait, and truly observe everything going on around us. :-)
June 27th, 2017  
Lovely composition allowing room for those long antennae to spread across the frame.. beautifully detailed and observed..

there's a whole 'other' world to be observed, if one steps off the not so 'merry'-go-round. all it takes is patience and that is something the practise of photography encourages..
June 27th, 2017  
What an amazing capture, I rarely see crickets, but I hear them in the long grasses sometimes. Quite amazing how long the antennae are, double the length of it's own body, and there is some curious/interesting detail on his back foot. You could tag this for 30 days wild also if you wished, the tag is 30dayswild2017
June 27th, 2017  
Nicely seen and recorded...fav
June 27th, 2017  
@lovingandsharing I so agree. I have noticed when out with my camera, just how much being still and waiting will bring things to life around you. thank you so much for the follow.
@moonmtn indeed it is and I am becoming better at spotting things around and enjoying simple scenes.
@dizzyd thank you Helen. He was fun.
@gaylewood It is so true. The only problem is that I don't always get very far when Im out and about - too busy stopping to look!
@jorlam thankyou - I loved the long antennae across the frame too. I agree that photography helps to encourage patience,
@stephanies thanks for the careful observations. I will add the tag - although I cant find the original thread for 30dayswild.
@ivan thanks for the comment and fav Ivan.
June 27th, 2017  
Using your zoom worked in your favor. I really like his pose and concern over the photographer! Good catch!
June 28th, 2017  
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