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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

BASHFUL BRIAN. (15/04/15)

I found another snail but it wasn’t as outgoing as yesterdays.

_V0G7982            He wouldn’t come out of his shell. I decided to tempt him with a daffodil.

_V0G7991     He poked one eye out for a look.

_V0G8000     And then started to devour the props…….Naughty snail.

_V0G8007      Fortified he headed off to pastures new.

I found another Common Black Ground Beetle. I just managed one shot as this one was the right way up and blasted quick.

_V0G8013    Pterostichus melanarius. He looks a fierce beast and has escaped into the van. I’m vacuuming in a minute so will keep an eye out for it.

_V0G8010    I’ll leave you with Mr Bashful.

26 comments:

  1. Mr.Bashful is fantastic can't imagine the amount of slime it's leaving on your mirrors though. The mouth parts in the beetle is stuff nightmares are made of.
    p.s. You're right about the Wheatear behaviour, thank you.

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    1. Douglas, I have to clean it off before it sets as the mirror surface is a bit delicate. I'm glad the beetle isn't sheep size.
      Someone told me what meadow pipits were doing and I noticed Wheatear behaving in a similar fashion last spring.

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  2. Brian, you have a nibbling time. Excellent photos.

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  3. Adriaan what is this particularly beautiful

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    1. Bas, I will have to think of something else to do.

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  4. Wonderful shots of the snail, hope it didn't eat too much of your daffodil. Truly amazing macros Adrian!

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    1. Gillian, there are lots of daffodils but it only ate a bit.

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  5. That beetle shot is just fantastic.

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    1. John, I was very lucky to catch any of it in focus. They are impressive but flies are more interesting to me.

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  6. Can't we have a video feature with Pterostichus Melanarius (Fred) fighting Brian in a camper van bloodbath? The dogs could be the baying audience, barking madly for their favoured contestant.

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    1. YP, I have been thinking about macro video but I'll have to build a stage and contain them as the depth of field is only a few millimetres. I will have a go and see how fast I can re-focus when the camera is tethered to the laptop.

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  7. I am in awe--- marvelous shots, these!

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    1. Bill, at least half is in post shoot processing but I think they are as good as I can get them.

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  8. You've found a new calling...animal trainer! Sometimes critters just won't show you their best side. I know , I know ...patience, but I'm always in a hurry. Great shots of the smail.

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    1. Red, I don't think so I can't even train the dogs.

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  9. You'd be in trouble if all your subjects decided to eat the props, wouldn't you? I really like that second shot of the snail making its advance upon the daffodil. The beetle looked more appealing to me when it was on its back.

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    1. Pauline, I really must think of something else to photograph. The beetle is a different one and I still haven't found it.

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  10. Adrian,
    How very special it is to be able to see the veins on the bees' wings (previous post), and to share your increasingly remarkable photos - the mosses, the fungi, especially - but the second image in today's post is absolutely stunning. Well done, indeed!
    McGregor

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    1. McGregor, I never tire of looking at macro images though the snail is not true macro as it is too big for the camera sensor. The second image had a few minutes processing but I think it's the best.

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  11. I love your circus!


    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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    1. Cloudia, I think they are wonderful creatures.

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  12. Great clear shots. Beetles do look fierce when seen close up.

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    1. John, they are as good as I will get without finding a dead one.

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