I’ve got so many photos to look through from the last couple weeks. In fact, I’m in the middle of going through a huge batch from yesterday and am taking a quick break to write this post. I’ve been to a number of great prairies recently, but Lincoln Creek Prairie is the steady and true prairie I can always slip over to when the light is nice and I’ve got a few minutes to spare.
During my last couple evening visits to LCP, big two-striped grasshoppers (Melanoplus bivittatus) have been very accommodating – sitting very still while I stick my lens right up to their faces. One of them was paying peek-a-boo with me for a while behind the curled edge of a milkweed leaf. Another was almost glowing in resplendent orange in front of a deep green background, reflecting the warm light of a setting sun. The last allowed me to silhouette it against that same sun as it sank toward the horizon.
Here is a quick batch of recent grasshopper photos from Lincoln Creek Prairie in Aurora.