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Audubon Swamp Garden

Discussion in 'Nature' started by isabel95, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    at the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

    If you don't wait too much longer, you can still shoot comfortably in this lovely venue. Happy to report we were not assaulted by bugs!

    Not only are anoles and other little lizards hard to capture with a camera, but you won't always see an anole displaying his mating finery as he was here, when a quick click caught this:
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    Anole male in search of a girlfriend by Isabel Cutler, on Flickr

    Panasonic GH2 with Panasonic 45-200 lens.

    Isabel
     
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  2. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Lovely picture Isabel. They chopping the plantation down then? They'll never learn.
     
  3. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thank you - chopping the plantation down? Huh?

    Ah...I see why you might infer that from my post.

    I meant if you wait too long it will be too hot and buggy to enjoy a stroll through the swamp! Also, there won't be babies in the nests at the Rookery.

    Glad to be able to straighten that out! :)
     
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  4. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yes, got it wrong, no matter. :)

    I go in the swamp all the time, just use the least effective amount of odourless repellent on exposed skin and the bugs don't bite but I still get my shots and I can do it again tomorrow, just don't use Deet - accumulates in the system and eventually poisons you.
     
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Very beautiful Isabela. what a beautiful creature of nature.
    Cheers
     
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  6. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Didn't know that about Deet! Yech!

    What then should I use?

    Just did a little web search and found this: Bug Spray Dilemma: Is DEET Really That Bad?

    Thanks for the warning.


     
  7. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    great shot.... love those lil fellas.....
     
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  8. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Just a low irritant, odourless spray. If your hands are sensitive to too much of it use a small cloth to spray on it and use it to put on wherever necessary. It's only necessary to be effective for a short while, 2 or 3 hours at most is all I can usually. If I'm going to make a day of it I'll bring the can along - gets wiped off in long wet grass very quick.
     
  9. ill_dawg

    ill_dawg Mu-43 Veteran

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    If you want tto go really earthy-crunchy, lemon grass works pretty well. Just rub some around your wrists and ankles, or tie on some sprigs. I never use repellant, because my wife usually has all the bugs following her. She got the tip about lemon grass while we were travelling in SE asia, and it actually works. So well, in fact, that now I need to worry about repellant for myself...

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  10. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Have to watch greasy fingers!

    I was out shooting in the sun and used sun screen which I didn't get off my fingers and wound up with a very smeary lcd. I won't use anything with my fingers again, be it sun screen or bug spray!

    I'm going to try Cutter Advanced insect repellent which doesn't contain Deet - some of their products do.



     
  11. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    By the way, one of my photographer friends told me he uses clothing which is impregnated with permethrin, an insecticide. Lasts through several washings.

    From what I read it is quite effective, even for skin not covered with it.





     
  12. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I use a product called 'Repel' which uses Lemon Eucalyptus oil, and 'Off!' actually has a skin cream with the same ingredient but no deet. In any case, other than deet, I've yet to find a product that works on everyone consistently.

    If you use deet just be aware that it also melts certain types of plastics, like the rear LCD cover on your camera.
     
  13. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Egads! Deet melts lcds????

    I hope that others read this thread!

    I was not thrilled with the grease I got on the lcd from sunscreen, so I am extremely careful now not to get anything greasy on my hands in the first place when I have to use a camera!
     
  14. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Impregnated clothes seems a bit over the top, and doesn't cover the exposed areas so there's more to be used. I don't care what the science says, they are always changing their minds, use as little as necessary for as short as possible. The body absorbs everything it comes in contact with.