I’ve been rescuing Ladybirds again. I think they come into the house on firewood somehow, perhaps they are hiding in crevices or under the bark, but I am never aware of them at the time. Then they must emerge and fly towards the light, as I find masses of them on the window screens, or around the widow edges. There is a wonderful website about them if you are interested – HERE. Today I must have caught and removed at least 25 of the little beetles and released them onto my large pot of moss that is often use as a background for photography. Of course I then had to take some pictures before they flew away. Here are a few……..
These are all taken with my usual Canon 550D and the wonderful 100mm macro lens and tripod.
Couldn’t help myself could I? Should be packing….went outside to get something from the washing line and spotted this big native wasp intent on feeding on an Allium flower. I think it is a Potter’s Wasp, a large solitary wasp that builds a mud nest, installs a caterpillar or spider in each cell for the lavae to feed on when the egg hatches. I didn’t get too close, even though I believe they do not sting…..anyway here are some shots of this luridly coloured wasp. Now I really am off to pack……
Some recent shots – probably the last for a little while as I’m off on holiday to Singapore. Hopefully I shall have a selection of different-type shots when I return. These as usual are from around the garden, and all macros…enjoy! Click on any photo in the gallery for a larger image.
These beautiful insects are common around my lake, fast of flight they sometimes land on water reeds or other plants to rest or feed on something they have caught. This is a useful link to information about both Damsel and Dragon Flies, and the differences between the two for anyone who might be interested to know a bit more. One of these photos (#6902) shows a green eyed Damsel Fly eating a larvae of the same species.
Henri Cartier-Bresson said ” Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” On that basis, I should get some good ones soon!
Here’s to another year of striving for that elusive perfect shot!
Gotta love a Lily!
Just one photo to represent each month of this year? There are thousands from which I could choose, it’s impossible to narrow it down to only one image. Here are a few I really like, not necessarily my best work, and some I may have posted before – it is just a tiny taste of a year’s shooting. As usual you can click on a single image for a larger view, and yes, the gallery will have changed if you come back for a second look – it is the random feature that one can set for a gallery.
Do you have a favourite image?
One of my favourite flowers to photograph – richly coloured, lusciously wrinkled and delicate, beautiful at all stages, beloved of bees………..These are a mixture of oriental and opium poppies which grow in my garden.
Like many I was not surprised to wake and find we had survived the supposed apocalypse that was predicted because the ancient Mayan calendar had simply run out of time……I can confirm that the day passed peacefully, as usual in this little corner of the world. What did surprise me was the very weird eyes on this strange fly I captured through my macro lens recently when seeking insects to photograph. I have no idea what it is, it was tiny and was feeding on nectar in the centre of a rose.
There seem to be a great number of these lovely little insects around the garden at the moment, which is a good thing as there is a plague of tiny greenfly on everything. They can be found feeding on these tiny pests which damage roses and many other plants too. May they grow fat and multiply! It is also interesting to see the variety in size, number of spots and colour……I guess it might mean something if you were a ladybird? Click on any image for a larger view.
Spotted this rather beautiful moth near the lake this morning…….it looks like a malevolent fairy!
And a hard working, heavily laden bee…..
Some recent shots of little critters found in my garden. Gotta love that macro lens!
The Raspberry patch is alive with the sound of bees……..
This is the first bloom on one of my Tree Paeonies…it is about seven inches across…have you ever seen anything as gorgeous?
My favourite lens is the 100mm macro, and shooting the beauty of my garden is my favourite form of photography – one can always find some lovely thing from a simple dandelion to a fragile fluted bloom.
From yesterday, when taking a break from endless weeding.
Today there are blue skies and sunshine, with an estimated maximum temperature of about 20 degrees – total contrast to a few days ago! I was out early with my macro lens to capture the dew and whatever else I could find. It is so good to have some little things to focus on again.
The weather here has been extraordinary, we even had snow this morning which is ridiculous! A few shots from the garden for a change.
These were all taken around home where the birds are getting busy to mate and nest. The first shot is of two male Crimson Rosellas that were bickering over a female, who was ignoring them and eating seed on the ground – sensible lady! I’m delighted that I have seen two Eastern Yellow Robins in the garden which hopefully will mean there might be more around next year. I have also seen a pair of Flame Robins, but unfortunately I did not have the camera ready. I hope they fly by again soon.
This lovely little yellow bird seems to have moved into my area as I see it almost daily in my garden. It is not as fidgety as some, and will sit still still long enough for me to focus and get a good shot. I’m hopeful that it will also let me get a bit closer – these were taken with a 70-200mm lens, and cropped significantly.
Last weekend I was given a bunch of Iceland Poppies, mostly still furled inside their hairy sepals which fall as the crumpled papery petals push the flower open. Today I took those that remained and took some pictures, playing also with my son’s professional lights which I have borrowed for a while. These were taken with my 100mm macro lens, using a tripod, and mostly lit from behind or underneath. I hope you enjoy them.
I think my favourite shot is the last one, the poppy was cream, so I have changed it to a black and white image.
With Spring approaching plus endless rain, the local frog population is very vocal, and one can hear them in most parts of this large garden. I often find them when weeding or doing other things in the garden, and will sometimes capture them for a short while, take some photos and then release again where they were found. Here are a couple of my recent finds – they are all very small.
The one on the right is the most common Litoria ewinii, the Southern Brown Tree Frog. As there is a huge variation in colour and markings in this species, the other smaller one may be the same, but I am not sure and cannot find a way of identifying it clearly from this source. It was very small, and was found buried rather than just under some leaf litter so could be something different as it also seemed to have a different shape. This is it sitting on my thumbnail.
PS. Today ( 1/8/12) I received an answer from the Melbourne Museum Discovery Centre, to whom I had sent the above photo in the hope they might identify this little dark frog for me. This is their response:-
This is probably either a Common Eastern Froglet (Crinia signifera) or an Eastern Sign-bearing Froglet (aka Beeping Froglet – Crinia parasignifera). These two froglets would probably be found in this area and they can really only be identified easily by their calls – the calls can be listened to on the MV website at http://museumvictoria.com.au/bioinformatics/frog/
So now we know!
Mid-winter …….cold, raining, overcast, soggy underfoot, everything dripping from above, confined to home, with the wood-fire burning 24/7, and cabin fever coming on! It’s probably not really conducive to photography, but one tries anyway. As I ventured out, it became more and more misty…..but I clicked away, thinking I was shooting clever, atmospheric, artistic shots that would look brilliant and I would be proud to share. Dull, foggy, noisy photos, wet feet with even the ducks and horses looking bedraggled – the results were less than I had hoped for!
Who needs sunshine? I do!
Kim’s prompt for Texture Tuesday this week was ‘Natural”…..seeing most of my photography is taken from nature, this was not difficult. This photo was taken about a year ago, but still is contemporary as these birds are common in some areas near here, though I rarely have them in the garden.
I should probably paraphrase this, but seems fine as it is and is far quicker to use the original, so this long quote is from the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the ANEU in Canberra:-
“The word galah is a borrowing into Australian English from the Aboriginal Yuwaalaraay language of northern New South Wales. In early records it is variously spelt as galar, gillar, gulah, etc. It is first recorded in 1862 in J. McKinlay’s Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia: `A vast number of gulahs, curellas, macaws… here’. The bird referred to is the grey-backed, pink-breasted cockatoo Eolophus roseicapillus, occurring in all parts of Australia except the extreme north-east and south-west. It is also known as the red-breasted cockatoo and rose-breasted cockatoo.
Some early settlers use the galah as food. In 1902 the Truth newspaper reports: ‘The sunburnt residents of at that God-forsaken outpost of civilisation were subsisting on stewed galah and curried crow’. Some writers report that galah pie was a popular outback dish.
The galah, which usually appears in a large flock, has a raucous call, and it was perhaps this trait which produced the term galah session for a period allocated for private conversation, especially between women on isolated stations, over an outback radio network. F. Flynn in Northern Gateway (1963) writes: ‘The women’s radio hour, held regularly night and morning and referred to everywhere as the ‘Galah Session’. It is a special time set aside for lonely station women to chat on whatever subject they like’. More generally, a galah session is ‘a long chat’ – A. Garve, Boomerang (1969): ‘For hours the three men chatted… It was Dawes who said at last, “I reckon this galah session’s gone on long enough”.’
Very commonly in Australian English galah is used to refer to a fool or idiot. A.R. Marshall and R. Drysdale in Journey among Men (1962), suggest that this sense of galah may have a non-Australian origin: ‘A clue to the possible origin of the slang usage of ‘galah’. In Malaya gila (pronounced gee-lah) means mad; hence orang gila, a madman’. But this explanation has not been accepted, and the Australian meaning must be a transfer from the bird, no doubt incorporating a judgment about the relative intelligence of the bird. The following citations give an indication of how the term is used:
1951 E. Lambert, Twenty Thousand Thieves: ‘Yair, and I got better ideas than some of the galahs that give us our orders’.
1960 R.S. Porteous, Cattleman: ‘The bloke on the other end of the line is only some useless galah tryin’ to sell a new brand of dip’.
1971 J. O’Grady, Aussie Etiket: ‘You would be the greatest bloody galah this side of the rabbit-proof fence’.
From this sense arise a number of colloquial idioms. To be mad as a gum-tree full of galahs is to be completely crazy. To make a proper galah of oneself is to make a complete fool of oneself. A pack of galahs is a group of contemptibly idiotic people.”
No chance of that for a while as I discovered it is growing beautiful tiny ephemeral toadstools, that come up and disappear in about 24 hours. They are a great subject for macros, so I was out again this afternoon to see what had happened overnight.
Thought I’d try the square format again….
It is pouring again…..but earlier I was out in the drizzle shooting more persistent leaves and a brave rose or two….
I’m liking the square format……might do a series…..
All taken with my 550D and 70-200mm lens.