This morning after I drank my first cup of Joe and reading the news I headed out to clear my head using my favorite form of therapy: Nature Photography Therapy. Now for those who know about this type of therapy the initial consulting fee (Buying a camera, lens, extension tubes, tripods, extra batteries, etc..) isn’t cheap but it is well worth the investment!
Since about the middle of August I have been waiting for the Jewelweed plants on our place to start blooming. With more than average rain they have bloomed and are thrive much to my delight. The blooms(above photo) are great source of food for Hummingbirds and all types of pollinators. After taking the above photo I began setting up for a closer shot when I got a little surprise (see photo below). As you can see by the size of the bee that the Jewelweed has a very small bloom but has a big role to play in nature. Till the next time, Peace.
Chicory is a blue-flowered perennial plant that has several benefits. It is added to coffee as a flavor enhancer, the leaves can be added to salads and is a mild laxative. It also contains beta-carotene, a proven antioxidant.On top of that Chicory is a pollination-fuel station for our planets pollinators. Here is a photo I took Sunday of a very happy bee doing what bees do.
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.
For the last several months I have been writing and reading more and persuading photography less. I have hit the place most know, and that is where do I want to go with my (insert your gift or passion here). So I have spent a lot of time thinking, praying and meditating on next steps for my writing and photography.
What I have decided to do is educate others, as well as myself, about the macro world. That is the world we just pass by and whether willfully or ignorantly give zero thought to. Everything we dump on this planet and every chemical we use distresses the world within our world. That is the place pollinators reside and spiders reduce the bug population and wasp keep in check the spider population and so on. There maybe a Planet B but we do have is a gem among the stars and planet that deserves our best.
So if you see random articles and links please click on them and walk with me as I try to leave the Earth a better place for next generation. Also I ask for you patience as I try our different themes to make my place on the web a little easier to navigate.
This photo was taken at our wildflower garden. I hope to have three more next year and a better planting strategy. Or any planting strategy. Stay tuned!