Crab spider playing with her food

spider with bee

Another shot of a White Death Crab Spider showing great dexterity in juggling her lunch

Canon EOS 100D with Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens and Canon 25mm tube ISO400 1/100 at f/8

Neapolitan Evening

Vittorio Perla

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European buzzard

buzzard poiana buteo buteo

One of a pair of buzzards (hawks in the US, poiana in Italy) that swoop, glide, soar and hunt over and around us in Le Gupole. They call to each other frequently. wingspan is 113-128cm.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/1250 at f/8 220mm (600mm equiv)

Packed lunch

spider with take-away

All wrapped up and ready to roll. This spider has his day’s food all sorted.

Canon EOS100D with Canon 70-200mm F/4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm tube. ISO800 1/125 at f/8

Border towns


Two beautiful hill towns. Monterchi, Tuscany in the foreground with Citerna, Umbria above on the hilltop.

Canon G3X ISO200 1/400 at f/9

Nosebag time


A bee gorging itself on lavender.

Canon EOS100D with Canon 70-200mm EF L IS zoom lens and Canon 25mm tube ISO200 1/500 at f/8

Full moon rising

full moon-1

The full moon of 19 July rising over the hills opposite our house at Le Gupole, Tuscany

Canon G3X ISO500 1/20 at f/8 on full zoom


crab spider with bee

The patience of the female White Death Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) lurking on our lavender paid off at last with the arrival of this unfortunate bee.

Canon EOS100D with Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm tube. ISO200 1/125 at f/8

Crab Spider

crab spider

A crab spider thinks about grabbing my telephoto lens while lurking on a lavender stalk.

Canon EOS 100D with Canon EF 70-200 F/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm tube ISO200 1/80 at f/8



A pair of agapathus (African Lily) flowers, native of South Africa but flourishing very well in our garden at Le Gupole, Tuscany.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/60 at f/8