Nature in its broadest term, whether animals or weather…
Our swan plants have been host to many Monarch caterpillars, and I’ve been keeping an eye on emerging butterflies. This one was was almost ready to fly away and proved a very willing model. I love the colour contrast in this image.
Every now and then I get the macro ‘bug’. Making images of things small is fascinating. It’s not particularly easy though, and the concentration is very tiring. If the subjects are small critters, it is especially difficult as they rarely sit still. Once they do sit still, you find the light is bad, they have their back to you and as soon as you move to their front they decide to turn around again, or you can’t frame the shot nicely because you can’t move your tripod closer. And then there’s the background… That’s a whole other issue! But, when everything comes together, macro can be very satisfying.
I am finding fungi quite intriguing. To photograph them can get quite awkward at times though. Although not with this image, I find myself often lying on my stomach to get the ground level angle I like. This has created a few funny situations, like my turning up home with clothes wet down my front, or having some insects like ants and centipedes using me as a public walkway, and once I had a Weka (native NZ bird) peck at the soles of my shoes. Maybe I should invest in an angle view finder…
There’s lots of colour in the garden. Yesterday morning it was bright overcast and calm, and ideal for some flower closeups. I was attracted to the Hebe bush next to the compost bin. The flowers are tiny but very pretty in shades from almost white through lavender and darker to a purple blue.
I’m quite pleased with the result and now I’m motivated to look at some other flower. Hmmm, my lilies are looking good… 🙂
Last night Tom and I attended the opening of an Art Exhibition in a popular Gallery in Akaroa. I had the wonderful privilege of being asked to exhibit in their “Small is Beautiful” Christmas exhibition which will run until the 22nd. We loved looking at all the wonderful art of the other exhibitors, and getting to know some of them.
My own pieces were well received and I was delighted to hear the comments. The most popular were the birds and the one shown here was one of the first to sell.
This little bird is a female Tomtit, a New Zealand native bird, very tiny and very energetic. Difficult to photograph as it never sits still for long. She led me a merry dance before I was able to finally get this image of her.
Small is definitely beautiful, but I’m not ruling out the bigger birds either. I’ve been trying to get close to some pukekos and their chicks, without a lot of success to date. But I will keep trying.
So many lovely flowers are blooming now we are spoilt for choice to photograph. These Iceland Poppies in a bed in the park were just too tempting to ignore. The bees thought so too…