Friday, 21 March 2014

Ladybirds and Flowers

It really has felt like spring here in Devon. In Brixham we've had almost two weeks without rain and mostly warm sunny days. It has felt like a breath of fresh air after our terrible storms and it's giving everyone a chance to dry out.

For an hour or so last Sunday I managed to get out into the garden with the macro lens, it was such a beautiful day and this is what I captured.




Daisys are one of my favourite flowers and I love to see a lawn covered in them, although I'm sure those wishing for a perfect green lawn would not agree!



A beautiful daisy bud



I'm not sure what this insect is, perhaps some sort of hoverfly?



Dandelions are not my most loved plants but the Goldfinches love to feed on the seed heads so I try to leave a few about



Clematis Montana has come back to life and will soon be in flower-I can't wait


I assume this Ladybird is just resting on the snail shell, rather than eating some of the slime?


It's been so mild the pelargoniums have stayed in flower in the greenhouse


I spotted this Ladybird in the grass so lay down and caught it on camera doing Ladybird things



Just getting ready to open its shell


..........and we have lift off!



A selection of flowers from the garden, although crouching down to get these shots I did have very wet knees





I'm sorry that I have not been posting regularly over the last few weeks. Other things have taken up my time, including decorating two rooms (which has made me incredibly tired), work and all the ususal stuff that gets in the way of the pleasurable things in our lives. I have missed commenting on quite a few posts recently, but I have been visiting briefly to check on what you have all been up to.


This weekend we are off to Bournmouth International Centre to see the Four Tops and The Temptations in concert, with The Platters and Freda Payne as special guests. It'll be great and we are so looking forward to it.

I hope you are all looking forward to a nice weekend whatever you are doing and that I shall get back to a regular blog land service soon
Bye for now
SeagullSuzie

26 comments:

  1. Spectacular photos, I don't much like dandelions either, but I keep them for my friends tortoise.
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks Julie, the trouble with dandelions is that they take root so quickly and easily if you leave too many about, but insects often land on them, I love the bright colour, and then the birds will eat the seeds, so it's a pity we don't like them.

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  2. Wow, your photos are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Truly, I am stunned at the quality and the composition. You did a wonderful job. Hope that you enjoy the concert, sounds as though it will be great from the line up! Hope that you have a good weekend. xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, we had a great weekend and the concert was fabulous, Bournemouth was very nice too. I was pleased with these photos as the macro lens is very big and heavy and I struggled with it at first.

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  3. Those macro shots are superb - you are certainly getting the hang of that news lens :) Lovely to see all the Spring flowers and such wonderful colour in your garden.

    The insect is a hoverfly and it looks like Marmalade Hoverfly to me. A wonderful photo of it :)

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your concert :)

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    1. What a lovely name, Marmalade Hoverfly! I did enjoy taking these photos, it was nice to spend some time with this new lens too and I was able to hold it very steady this time and most shots were in focus.

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  4. Mike and I differ in our opinion of daises in the lawn. I love them. But, sadly, one has only got to pop its head up and he has the mower out. Same with buttercups. :(
    Your photographs are just fantastic, especially of the ladybird. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Many thanks, I just love daisies in the grass, seems to me that they were made to come up in grass, with their beautiful yellow and white flowers in contrast to the green....have less buttercups in this lawn.

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  5. Fabulous shots Suzie, love these close ups of flowers and the ones of the lady are brilliant, especially like that with its wings open.

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    1. Thanks Denise, I just saw it in the grass and followed it about and so hoped I got it in focus!

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  6. Great photo's definitely need to practise more with mine. The snow and rain not inspiring me at the moment. Love the in flight shot of the ladybird :-)
    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie

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    1. Thanks Annie, I think there's been snow up on Dartmoor too, but we've been very lucky with the weather and I've seen a lot of early native ladybirds.

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  7. Your images with the macro lens are amazing! They are so sharp and show amazing detail. Hope you have a wonderful weekend in Dorset. We are heading into Devon for a week so hope the sun continues to shine down your way, it's windy and wet here at the moment! Sarah x

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    1. Many thanks Sarah, I really feel I'm getting used to this lens now and can't wait to get out to Berry Head with it.

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  8. What fabulous pictures, so clear! Glad to see you have a proper 'English' Ladybird in your garden, not the 'Johnny Foreigner' kind we have around here!!! Am sure you will be bopping in the aisles at the BIC with The Four Tops etc!! Have fun!! I am going to see The Seekers there in May, looking forward to a trip down memory lane with them!!!!!

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    1. Oh the Four Tops were brilliant, Freda Payne is just fab and can still sing so well, we had a great time. Lots of native ladybirds recently, maybe they come out earlier.

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  9. Stunning photos, Suzie. I particularly love the ladybird lifting off! The spring flowers are beautiful and so striking in close up. I've been looking at the buds on my clematis montana, too. It'll be flowering soon as well.
    Have a lovely weekend and concert!

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    1. I so love the clematis in flower, it's a plant that always looks completely dead in the winter and you never know if it has survived. I was very happy about the ladybird take off :)

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  10. Fantastic pictures Suzie- your best yet I reckon. Loved them all. The bumbles have been out on the daisies here. I personally would hate to have a pure green, neat and tidy lawn! x

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    1. Thanks CT, that's very nice of you to say. Something just clicked with me and the lens this time, I don't know why. It's a heavy and big lens and the first few times I used it, I could hardly hold it still. The only thing I dig out of the grass are the prickly weeds and the odd dandelion.

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  11. I feel like everyone else has spring while we don't, but it heartens me to see their pictures. Yours are absolutely stunning. I LOVE the Ladybird taking off. x

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    1. Thanks Em, as soon as I realised it was going to fly, I tried not to get over excited and shake too much, and I thought....that had better be in focus!!
      Sorry you're not in spring up in Dartmoor yet.

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  12. Suzie, I completely understand about life stuff keeping you from blogging. I’ve had a bit of that this month myself – including the decorating. The way I always see it is you blog when you are able to enjoy it and it shows in posts like this and everyone is happy to see posts when you can :-)
    Stunning, stunning images – I do love your macro lens shots. IPhone pics have been making there way to my blog (hence montages) as my wide angle lens has been faulty and I have missed taking longer shots and using the (more basic than yours) macro setting it has. OH decided to try taking my lens apart and fixing in it as putting it for repair wasn’t a plan. It was a very nervous operation but after a few rebuilds and the replacement of a suspected broken diaphragm it is actually working!!! I must get out to try it in earnest :-

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments on this set of photos. I just had a lovely peaceful time in the garden with it. The Macro lens is a Sigma (as the Nikon was too expensive) and it is a heavy beast, but I'm starting to get used to it now and didn't get camera shake.
      Clever OH fixing your camera.
      I hate missing my blog posts and everyone else's, but we have been so very busy....but the decorating is finally finished..hooray.

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  13. Wish I could take such amazing photos
    Iike yours.... I found you through Sarah s blog. Warm regards from here! ,
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment, I'm delighted to hear you like the photos. I'm really getting used to this macro lens, and just had a really enjoyable time in the garden with it.

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