Part 2. Mougas – A bugs life – ES

dragonflyThis is the very first time I am buying a lens with the sole purpose of making pictures of wildlife. And for a first trip, I was disappointed… Tamron is not the best and sadly, is not even a good one either. Product it is manufactured in China and with that might scare a few, I didn’t give it too much attention since most things come from there anyway, but now I understand the fear. It has to do with the sharpness. Out of 5 stars, this one has 2, and that only because I like the way I can stabilize my shots even in recording mode.

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Going closer to the border with Portugal, by the coast, there is an interesting hiking route, that starts at Mougas and finishes at a waterfall. If you look at where I drew the pinpoint sign, there should be the finish. We started the walk right where is the X on the map.

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I took a shortcut and found in just a few minutes my first dragon-fly sitting in the sun. But I had bad time getting more close to it, in order to get the details, so I got a bit upset because of the waste of my money… Now I know that an insane macro lens is better. (but also to expensive for my hobby. best choice is to get a 150-200 euro lens instead of jumping at double…)

Then I got more lucky. I saw a second dragon-fly, and took nice detail shots of the  blue wings and head and some with the whole body. For some reason, the insect didn’t want to leave for a good 20 or so minutes. During that time a few butterfly flew by, so I started to make photos of those too and came back to greenly.

Here are some photos of that trip:

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Seeing life so close, made me wonder how can I get even more in detail. And all of a sudden, I started to see mini-world in every place I was pointing my camera. Such example is the next image, where I imagined a view from a plane, over a forest, near  a lake and wet sand:

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Next one, looks more like a tree-creature that looks down to his kinds, hiding under the green plant. A playing dead tree – how silly it sounds, but does look like that.

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A shipyard, that will produce flying vessels, designed to travel the forest, to a new world.

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Round houses.

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Shy flower.

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The main attractions in the area, are the two waterfalls that are interesting, no doubt. One at middle distance, and the other one, at destination.

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Other honorable mentions are the appearance of horses on the track, and also people who were enjoying a horseback ride.

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My luck was solid for I found another dragon-fly that stood so much in one place (a good 2 minutes, before flying away) that I could even record it.

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The magnificent view from the forest, towards the sea:

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Last encounter, was a small lizard, for which I waited many minutes, first to make pictures and then to film it. Apearently it had a bee in his mouth and perhaps it wanted to leave it in another place. But at more than 3 meters from her, were two humans pointing black objects towards and they were not moving 🙂

After getting a few seconds of footage here are the results:

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MiDe.

 

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