Yes I thought this title might attract some attention… Well my first photo is of a pretty Butterfly as I thought I needed something nice for you to look at when you first arrived here. So why have I headed up todays post as ‘Bugs’. As you have most likely have worked out by now I’m so enjoying my new hobby of the camera and my macro lens…This means I can get really close up to those little creatures living out there in the growth and it’s amazing what I’m finding in my own garden!!

However before taking pics of these little creatures I’ve got to start understanding my camera and how it works along with the macro lens. The other week I went as you know from my previous post on a ‘one to one’ tutorial with Daniel Bridges and this past Saturday off I went again this time on a one day Macro course with 9 other persons. Oh I so enjoyed the day…the morning was spent indoor at the Parks centre where Daniel discussed the various aspects of the camera, answered loads of questions and then he went on to show us slides that he had taken at the same time telling us the different settings etc he had used to achieve these wonderful pics…what an inspiration and something for us to aim for.

In the afternoon we then went out into the park where we scrambled around looking for insects, bugs and any other ‘things’ to photograph..what fun!

So from the many pics that I took during our rummage around sometimes laying flat out on the ground to get the pic. or leaning over nettles and brambles I did come up with some that I’m quite pleased with. Do remember that some of these insects are very tiny and move so quickly it’s not always easy to get that ‘perfect’ shot and also I’m still very much a beginner…

These are a couple from the garden

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my ‘little creatures’ and thanks as usual for visiting me and for leaving your comment..

I’m back again….

A Poppy in my garden..

I know I’ve been missing for a little while and I’m sorry there is no excuse except that all I can say is that as it’s summer time here in the UK I take advantage of any sunshine and warmth to spend as much time as possible outside. These days it’s either with my camera or potting around in the garden or perhaps playing golf

Many thanks to everyone of you that have been popping in here and leaving me comments and also many thanks to all my friends that have emailed me to check that I’m ok as I hadn’t updated my blog..

So what have I been up to besides the usual housework, gardening and golf. Well a couple of weeks ago I went on a days ‘one to one’ tuition with a local photographer Daniel Bridges and I must say it was worth every penny I spent. The main thing that I came away with was the confidence that I now have a better understanding not only of my camera but the settings. I’ve a long way to go yet with so much to learn but at least it’s a beginning! This coming Saturday I’m off again on another days course with Daniel but this time it’s all about Macro and of course there will be at least another 8 persons so I won’t get his undivided attention but I’m sure I will learn a lot!

Another great happening for me has been the decision that we have made to go to South Africa in September/October. For many years since we met out neighbours Ted and Stella I’ve wanted to go to South Africa.Ted was South African and had married an English lady Stella but due to various problems they had, had to leave South Africa and came to live here in the UK. Sadly Ted is no longer with us but he filled my head with many wonderful pictures of a great country to see. A lot of planning to do yet but we have started the journey!!

So for now I thought I would post some photo’s I’ve taken recently. The flowers are all taken in my garden, the damselflies taken when on my course with Daniel and the beautiful Stag photo was taken when we went to an open day at Bedford Park not far from where we live.. I do hope you enjoy seeing them and again many thanks for visiting me and leaving your comments..