Trond Strømme

An Encounter at the Ice Pond (Ribbed pine borer)

I went up one afternoon with my youngest son to the local pond at Årvoll, the Ice Pond (Isdammen) to see what has come forth with spring there. After finding nothing much interesting this guy, or gal, sat on the seat of my bike and I almost crushed it when we'd decided to pack it up. I found a little twig and gently repositioned it to somewhere more photogenic and got of a few shots before Martin, my son became too impatient.I think this is a Ribbed pine borer.Incidentally this was one of my last shots with my Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro lens before I broke it the next day in eager anticipation of going back there to see what more little critters I could find. Note to self; don't put it on top of a top-heavy back pack, on the edge of the kitchen counter. The natural thing happened, and the lens and my 7D crashed to the floor. The camera luckily survived fine, but it broke the mount clean off of the Sigma. It tore a little flat cable of the AF/M switch and broke the three screws holding the rear end with the EOS specific mount off, but it looks very fixable. I'm anxious to hear what they'll say at the FotoVideo Sigma repair centre in Oslo.Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro @ f/11, 1/50th, ISO 400, Handheld. Canon EX 430, with Quarter CT Orange gel.

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