Best Wild Light Photographs of 2013

30 December 2013 6 Comments Home » Birds, Insects etc.

A few of my favorite posts and images from the past year.
Post links to your own favorite photos from 2013 in the comments.

Capturing Angels:
Pulling the strings of the night, a Jewel spider captures
angels lost in every dark corner.
A Jewel spider
captures angels lost in every dark corner
Jewel spider | Gasteracantha cancriformis

Gangnam Style:
A lightening rod of fury sparks a frenzied
Gangnam Style dance, unfriendly neighbors
in a fevered confusion of wings.
Unfriendly neighbors
in a fevered confusion of wings
Sparrow | Passer domesticus

Watching a daring suitor’s aerial maneuvers,
a firefly anticipates tomfoolery in the afterglow.
A firefly anticipates tomfoolery in the afterglow
Firefly | Photinus pyralis

Burning Out the Day:
A confusion of legs eclipse the sinking sun,
obsolete relics in love, burning out the day.
A confusion of legs eclipse the sinking sun
Crane fly | Tipulidae

A Hint of Heartbreak:
A mantis rules a conquered coneflower,
a sleepless widow bewitched
by a hint of heartbreak.
A mantis rules a conquered coneflower
Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis


  • Helen Frost said:

    So proud to be associated with you and your beautiful work, Rick.

  • Candace said:

    Stunning photos!

  • Diane said:

    Fireflies, always your fireflies. Lighting the seduction of nightfall. Your captures lead me back, humid nights, counting the beacons. Lucious, luminous lights!!

  • Teresa said:

    Your fireflies have been my favorites because they bring back the memories of childhood innocence. I have admired your work for some time now….subject matter, skill and style are unique. I also appreciate the thought you put into the poetic descriptions. They remind me of japanese hiaku. One last comment; having left Detroit twenty years ago, I am glad to see art is still alive and well there.

  • Ted C. MacRae said:

    Very nice photos – I’m trying to figure out how you got the lighting in some of these and can’t do it. I think the crane flies is my favorite of the bunch. Was this all natural light or did you use a small amount of fill flash?

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Ted. Almost all natural light, a tiny bit of fill flash on the sparrows. I’m often bouncing light around with various reflectors. The fireflies are especially challenging.
    Barely caught the crane flies in the last few seconds before I lost the setting sun.

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