Monday, 2 July 2012

Up Close and Floral...

One advantage of having flowers in the garden is the array of mini-beasts they attract.

One of the disadvantages is the time I spend, camera in hand, waiting for that perfect shot....

Sometimes you just have to face it; you can wait all day long and nothing happens. Or you can just "let lucky"..

Here are one or two examples of the latter...

These first two photos can't compete with the wonderful shots of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth which Colin took recently.. but then again these are taken with my little Canon Ixus130, so I'm pretty pleased with them.


I was amazed to see the way this Xylocopa Violacea tucked itself into the centre of a Snapdragon (Antirrhinum).. It could have been made to fit!


A Brimstone butterfly on the Phlox made for a delightful shot...


Colin spotted this Burnet Moth gracing one of his dahlias..


When its peace and quiet was interrupted by a bee, it was quick to take the upper-hand and see its rival off


The world of mini-beasts is full of drama and it is always pleasing when you can catch it on camera! And I'm quite happy to spend hours, camera in hand, "just in case"!

6 comments:

The Broad said...

You've had some excellent results with your camera. It's exactly the same model I have that caught me out going through -- or trying to go through -- security at the U.S. Embassy. I love it because it's so small and easy to carry about -- but that's also why I didn't realize it was there!

Susan said...

Some great shots capturing behaviour there. The Violet Carpenter Bees love flowers like snapdragons and the big Lathyrus spp flowers (Sweet Peas, Perennial Peas). The Variable Burnet moth being assertive with the Common Carder Bumblebee is interesting.

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Whoops!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What great shots. I have decided when I go cycling now to leave the camera behind or it will take me all day to do 30 kms!!! Diane

Tim said...

Susan, we had a Red Admiral do the same with a Hornet on an over-ripe gage on our tree... in that case it could have been 'drunken' vigour on the part of the butterfly!

Tim said...

Lovely shots Elizabeth. Perhaps Diane ought to do 15km rides and take the camera... what think you?