We have several Button Bushes on our place, yet thought they are in bloom there is one thing missing: Honey Bees. Usually Honey Bees are everywhere and especially on the bloom of our Button Bushes. Not so this year. I have being looking into why this is and one of the Commonwealths universities is trying to do the work to find out. In my opinion any effort is better than burying our heads in the sand. Please check out where you can help out in your area. As for me and the bees I am planning on adding a second wildflower garden next year……with more planning than my first one. Till the next time enjoy this Bumblebee feeding on a Button Bush bloom.
About a week ago I received a set of Kenko AF Extension tubes that I had ordered off Ebay. I have a set of manual extension tubes that I have used with mixed results. The reason the results are mixed is my Sony A37 does not support Image Stabilization on my Minolta manual lenses. With the AF enabled tubes I have been able to get some images I am happy with. Here is a cropped pic that I used the AF extension tubes with.Post shot editing was done with On1 Photo and Corel PaintShop Pro X7.
I took this photo back in 2011 as I was walking a nature trail one evening. I used a Nikon CoolPix 4600 set on macro. In this post I resized the image and tried sharpening it up a bit but the sharpening gave the pedals a “halo”, which I will have to figure out why later. For now here is a little green spider.
The pollinators are starting to arrive, and going about their business, macro season nears. Tme to get beezy.
The last few days have had me with little sleep and The Bride with the flu. With that combo I have not been able to pursue a few things I have wanted to. That is Life 101 and I understand that but in those times I have been blessed with the ability to appreciate the little things. Yesterday, on my way in from the car to our home after work, I saw this little flower among the ruins of what was once our driveway. The last two Winters has ravaged it to nothing but a muddy mess. Yet right there among the mess is this beautiful little flower. I used my Wedding band as a gauge so one can see how small this flower is. Among the storms of life take time to look for and enjoy the little things.