For reasons I don’t understand there are a lot of bugs around the Mount Hamilton, Lick observatory site.
This particular ladybug thought the leg of my tripod would make a good landing site.
Turns out it’s quite hard to shoot macro single handed while using the other arm to hold the tripod up to the camera.
On the Sunday we headed over to Blackheath. We’ve never been there before, so we figured it’d be good to see some new views of the Mountains.
I have some panoramas from there, but I’ve been lazy recently so they haven’t been processed yet.
After we finished with the sight seeing we stopped in central Blackheath for lunch.
And that’s where I found the perfect (if slightly morbid) opportunity to practice some freehand macro.
P.S. To the best of my knowledge it died naturally. Certainly it was already dead when I found it.
What I particularly like about this one is that you can see the nectar on her leg (worker bees are female). Thats what the yellow blob is, she scrapes it off the flower and forms it into a ball on each of her hind legs. Then when she can’t fit anymore on she flies back to the hive to unload.
So you think it might be a nifty idea to photograph bees.
It’s Autumn, so the bees are busy as… well bees, getting ready for the colder months. Additionally, being autumn there aren’t many flowers out, so the busy bees are all concentrated in small areas.
Some advice if I may, a few words from the wise… STOP, do your sanity a favor and give up on this misguided idea right now.
The two photos you see here are the product of literally hours of crawling around flower gardens on my hands and knees. It just isn’t worth it, go photograph a flower or something.
This is the same caterpillar from the last photo, except up close. Aside from repeating my earlier comments about poor lighting I don’t have any more to say about him.
I’m going to have to give some thought to lighting for macro shots. My current camera doesn’t have a hot shoe, the leading contender for my next camera does, but fixing the lighting with an adjustable flash would require carrying one around with me and the whole reason I like compacts is there is less to carry around. Maybe it can go in Andrea’s handbag like my spare battery
This was taken in the gardens at Larnach Castle, they have a little walk plotted out there that takes you round the gardens and tells you about the various native plants. Along the way I spotted this lil guy munching on one of the Lambs Ear herbs. This shot shows the flossy surface structure of the leaves that give it that super soft texture. Tomorrow theres a closer shot of the caterpillar, unfortunately the lighting wasn’t ideal.