Calling all North Country nature photographers: Nature Up North is hosting a contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2016 wall calendar. Share your best shots with us as Encounters for chances to win gift certificates to ACE Hardware, TAUNY, and free Nature Up North gear!
Lady beetles, or lady bugs, are the darlings of small children everywhere. There are a number of native lady beetle species, which tend to be more reddish than orange, and they aren’t known to be nuisances in homes. Multicolored Asian lady beetles, however, are not as polite. Read more about how to protect your home from an infestation of these foul-odored, irritating pests.
Goldenrod’s showy yellow flowers are in full view along roadsides and in meadows and pastures just about the time fall hay fever season usually kicks in. So it’s understandable that goldenrod has been blamed for the red itchy eyes, sinus congestion, sneezing, and general histamine-soaked misery that some folks experience this time of year. But it turns out that goldenrod pollen is innocent of all charges.
Probably everyone has a sound they connect with high summer. For me, nothing says “August” like the drone of a cicada, its song a miniature buzz saw that cuts across a hot afternoon, undulating a bit and then dropping off near the end of its arc. Cicadas are stout, ancient-looking bugs with bulgy eyes and clear wings.
There’s nothing more frustrating than reaching for your camera when you see something exciting and not being able to get the shot that you imagined. Our eyes can naturally adjust to what we see, so we may envision something a little differently than what our camera actually captures. Here are some suggestions for adjusting the settings on your DSLR camera to improve your photos.