Down Time

I took about an hour or so of this amazing day for a little down time. I have a Olympus SP-350 I bought online for around $7-8 plus shipping. It was an amazing camera in its day and I  have tried to get the most out of it on macro for a while now. As an everyday shooter it is very nice but I have had trouble using the macro since the camera has zero anti-vibration capabilities, well that I can find anyway. And since there was not manual, well I just took off free of such clutter….and knowledge to do as I please with the little bugger! So here are three macro I took today using it. I set up a lawn chair, with my outside cat Butterfly as my helper and went about waiting on that perfect shot……since that didn’t happen you get these instead ;).

For reference as to how small the Wood Aster flower is I used a AA battery to give you a visual reference as to these size. I did this for two reasons: One is to show you how small some pollinators are and two if I can get a good shot of the Bumblebees and the red wasps that feed on them as well. Cool stuff!

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Green and Red From The Day

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having my great-great niece dropped off so she could spend the night with The Bride and I.  Since we had committed to watch her we had to take her with us to the viewing of one of our friends who died Wednesday. I know his parents better than I knew him really but I knew neither would care. As we stood in the viewing line we saw old and dear friends. Man there is something about weddings and funerals, right? After words we went out to eat and then home for what turned out to be a delightfully quite evening. This morning before she woke I went and tried to grab a few shots of the changing leaves. The sky was overcast and there was a grey tint to the early part of the day but the reds of the fallen leaves stood out again the surprisingly green grass. Like the little bundle of wonderful sleeping in her bed I found this to be a pleasant and wonderful thing. Here are two of those leaves in different setting but I hope like them as I do.

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By Comparison

I have posted several shot of the Daisy Fleabane and the pollinators that visit there. So yesterday I took several more shots of them and of the little Sweat Bees that drop by for a fill-up. As I was watching several fly around I thought I should take a picture tat gave you all an idea of their sizes. The first shot is of a Fleabane along side of my Wedding Band by comparison. The second is of one the Sweat Bees on a Fleabane so you can see their size by comparison.

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My Top Thirteen Of 13′

I have a confession: I like my stuff o.k. but not much has not been singing to me much this year. It was difficult to find thirteen I liked but as I was going through them I become hopefully though that 2014 will be a better year for you and me. Happy New Years ya’ll!

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A beautiful little Lady!
I used my Olympus SP-350 in this shot.
I used my Olympus SP-350 in this shot.
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A Four Tooth Mason Wasp and dinner.
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Cool custom Iron.
Trying out a bit of depth of field action with it as well.
Trying out a bit of depth of field action with it as well.
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A Swallow Tail Butterfly. I used my Olympus SP-350 on this capture.
Lovely paw of love.
Lovely little paw.
Rust and Chrome, an awesome combination!
Rust and Chrome, an awesome combination!
Nice Iris shot with just a dusting of light.
Nice bunch of Iris’s with just a dusting of light.
Sweat Bee on a Chicory Flower
Sweat Bee on a Chicory Flower
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I love this friendly feline eyes.
A metal fence post painted by time in rust and adorned with dead vegetation.
A metal fence post painted by time in rust and adorned with dead vegetation.
A hand held shot of the moon being eating by a cloud.
A hand held shot of the moon being eating by a cloud.