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Sunny insects

I breathed a big sigh of relief this morning when I got my Nikon D3000 to work in the Guide Mode after I selected single release for the shutter.

Obviously I have done something to the settings which will not reset with the reset button. It might have something to do with white balance as the EXIF data on the photos I took today reported it was doing something unexpected.

You may recall that my troubles began when I began my adventurous experimenting with manual settings.


Anyway, I had a bit of a snap-happy time and then had a hard time choosing what to share. I settled on these as they reflect my mood – sunny, with fuzzy edges.


These lovely flowers are borne on a tree in my neighbour’s yard. I love the play of light and shadow on the insect and the little flowers.


I cropped the bee from a larger image and it’s heavily sharpened using GIMP. I’m including the featured image again – I love the tendril/leaf thing at the lower edge.


Tomorrow, I’ll show you a speckled-eyed drone hoverfly.

Thanks for looking. Do have a good week!  🙂


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

18 thoughts on “Sunny insects

  1. What a lovely flower. So glad you have a lot of flowers for the bees in your area. At one time there was a scare that the population was decreasing too quickly. They seem to be picking up again now, just have to be careful when going to smell a flower.

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      1. Buddleja globosa, semi-evergreen shrub, fast grower, full sun, salt tolerant, grows a huge 5m, 16ft, height & spread. That’s a big shrub. It’s a butterfly bush, but has balls instead of bracts like most of them. Comes from Chile, Argentina way. Sounds easy to grow and I have room.

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      2. Now that was such succinct description! If more botanists or garden folks were so succinct and clear it would Be. Nice!
        And I love butterfly bushes – have a few – learned the hard way they need to be trimmed – let some go too wild and they split – but had a season of loving them!
        And this one here sounds nice and plump and creamsicle good!

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      3. well thanks – guess letting it go wild worked in that case. mine did not.
        and I was actually going for a screen too -= instead i have a snowball bush and crepe myrtle trained more as a scrum then tree.

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  2. You are becoming quite the photographer, Christine…I love your sensitivity. the flower is fascinating…so densely compacted…it reminds me of a geodesic dome.

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    1. Carol Ann! How lovely to hear from you. An unexpected pleasure. I am quite taken with these flowers. I guess I’ve walked past for year without realising how lovely they are up close. I accidentally discovered same when over near the neighbour’s fence checking if I had enough light to photograph a wattlebird’s nest. Of course, as soon as I see bees, I’m game for a couple of shots. Thanks for commenting. 🙂


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