Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Close Up With The Vapourer Caterpillar And Other Creatures

Out in the garden with the macro lens in this beautiful weather I found some wonderful creatures.


This is the caterpillar of The Vapourer Moth seriously close up




Supermodel eyelashes



A Grasshopper


Not sure what insect this is..id's welcome


One of the many spiders in the garden


This is a close up of a Calendula seed head but it looks so much like the spider I had to include it


The macro lens showing off, as these flowers and the hoverfly are tiny



Some rather bigger specimens




and a beautiful bee to finish off the set and calm your spider nerves!


We miss the sea so much at the moment and these last few nights have been so beautiful we have jumped in the car after work and taken an evening stroll beside the sea.

I had great fun as always with the macro lens and am so glad I bought one.

Hello and welcome to some new followers, many thanks for stopping by.

Hope you are all well and getting the chance to enjoy this beautiful weather.
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

18 comments:

  1. Great pictures (except the spiders!). Could your mystery fly be a hoverfly or drone fly? Colour and patterns looked about right although hard to tell. Super shots of the pillar- the macro is excellent x

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    1. Thanks CT. I'm not a spider fan but when they are right in front of me and the macro I feel they are too wonderful to miss out. Like all insects, up close they are incredible. Yes I think it's a drone fly as it definitely had an orange/red abdomen.

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  2. Brilliant macro shot Suzie. Always fascinating to see the insect world in such great detail. Enjoyed these photos immensely! I know how you feel about the sea. When we moved inland a bit I missed it too, still do. Glad you can hop in the car and enjoy it.

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    1. Hello Denise, many thanks for your kind comments. I always have fun with the macro, but it's a very big heavy lens and took a while to get used to. We were back at the seaside again today (Sunday) for a walk along Paignton Sands and Cockington Country Park.

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    2. How lovely! Did I tell you I'm coming back next June? My niece in Germany has booked up a holiday rental in my old village. I am trying hard not to psyche myself out too early as I am so looking forward to spending a whole two weeks with my sweet niece. Maybe we can meet up for a cream tea somewhere?

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    3. I know what you mean about the heavy lens and how lovely, Paignton Sands and Cockington? Thank you for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments. Happy weekend to you :)

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  3. That's it, you've convinced me. I need a macro lens. Those shots are absolutely fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Jessica. Oh you must get one, I'm really impressed with the Sigma lens, I bought it new from a specialist photographic shop in Brixham. They are great and very patient, people come from miles around to buy there. I was worried about the quality and would have loved a Nikon Macro Lens but it was just too expensive.

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  4. Oh Suzie, I do love that macro lens of yours although some of those insect shots can make me shiver... looking past that you can see the beauty in this miniature world and it can be quite breathtaking... thanks for sharing it :-D

    Sorry to hear you are missing the sea so much - I guess I'd be the same with woodland :-)

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    1. Hello Shirl, I'm always excited to get back and download the macro shots as I hope they will come out well. The only thing is sometimes the focus is not quite right, but I'm still working on that! Today we went for a walk at Cockington Country Park and Paignton Sands, so we had the best of both worlds, woodland birds flitting about around us and then big seabirds gliding in the brisk winds on the seafront.

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  5. Some stunning images here! Beautiful! That caterpillar is incredible - what incredible designs!

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    1. Many thanks Tom, it's a stunning caterpillar and even though they are eating all my ornamental cherry leaves before they turn a beautiful autumn colour, I can easily forgive them.

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  6. Beautiful macro shots Suzie - great to see the caterpillar so close-up :) Glad you are enjoying your new lens - one of these days I'll experiment with mine again. Although chatting to someone recently I've found out why I am not getting the results I hoped for. Mine's only a 35mm lens (100mm would have been the best had they done one) so consequently I have to get a lot closer to get results. Not easy with insects!!

    Agree with CT about the mystery insect possibly being a hoverfly species.

    So glad you are still close enough to the sea to revisit. Hope all is going well with the house you've found

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    1. Thank you very much, it's got an incredible 'face' hasn't it. Just like all the moths, the close ups bring so much more detail and life to these creatures. Mine is a 105mm which gives me space between the insect and the lens, even so I crouch down or lie down to get these images and I'm still learning to focus properly with this lens.
      House seems to be going through ok, thanks. I'm having a big clear out and either selling or giving away things. I am determined not to move with years of clutter this time.

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  7. Great photos! I just love the spiders....sort of. xx

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    1. Hi Em, I know what you mean, they are scary but beautiful close up. I'm not at all keen on house spiders but not too bad with these garden ones.

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  8. I think some insects are safer and better seen on photographs, thank you for displaying them Suzie.

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    1. Hi Mel, many thanks. I love being in the garden surrounded by bees...but the spiders, well they make interesting images and have an important job to do, but they are scary close up!

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