Watching the Transformation
For the past couple of weeks we have been running a little science experiment in the house. We found some caterpillars in our backyard eating leaves off a vine. We thought we brought two in the house, but a third one came in on some leaves. We watched as they ate much more than we thought that they would for a week or so. Then they went into the pupa stage one by one. It was amazing just how fast they went into the stage. Then the wait began. It took about a week and a half for the butterfly to emerge. When they did though it was just amazing. How this transformation happens is still amazing to me even after seeing it. These were the last generation of butterflies this season meaning that they are the ones responsible for flying south to stay for the winter. They will travel back north next spring to ensure that we have more monarchs to look at.
Testing the Canon 100mm Macro
When we started this little experiment I decided to finally pull the trigger and buy the Canon 100mm macro lens. This is a lens that I have wanted to buy for a while now. I used it in 2014 during the NCAA Women’s Tournament to change things up a bit. A fellow photographer loaned it to me for the day for that purpose. I have rented it since then, but it was just a matter of time before I would buy it. It is meant for something much different than this, but it was a great way to get things started.