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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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Thursday, 7 July 2016

WATER ON THE KNEES. (07/07/16)

I can feel a real humdinger of a rant coming on. I will save it for a day or so and hope my fingers don’t catch fire or my head explode. What to do instead? I could strip a rear brake as I have a sticky one, if I do one I will then feel obliged to do the other three as they will feel left out. I could walk up to the old reservoir but it is looking like rain. Maybe I’ll settle down with a Robert Goddard story.

This morning was very damp on the knees and elbows.

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I found one of these and it posed or was too wet to fly. I think it is a Snipe Fly but am far from sure. It is a soldier fly.

Long-horned Black Legionnaire - Beris geniculata

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This is a beauty. It’s a Black Mirid Bug, Grypocoris stysi. The only doubt I have is the colour of it’s eyes but it could be red eye from the flash. The give away is the butterfly pattern on it’s back.

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You can see it has a long, sharp proboscis but it doesn’t bite it just sucks sap from plants and grass.

I noticed the other day whilst dreaming of a new machine that monitors now come in much higher resolutions if anyone would like a few more pixels per inch or images wider than 1500pixels then let me know.

That’s all for today.

20 comments:

  1. Great close shots again. They always move away if I try, maybe I need to change my after shave.

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    1. John, 70% of them do clear off but first thing in the morning seems best. After lunch it's hopeless.

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  2. In the morning, they are too busy getting breakfast to bother with people. The mirid is incredible. I guess the snipe sees everything multiple times with those eyes.

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    1. Marie, they are too cold to think about breakfast. All insects have compound eyes it saves them having to turn their heads and then remember what they saw.

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  3. Your morning was quite productive. It is beyond me how you get such macros.

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    1. John, I sit on a bit of plastic and wait. Then when I get them in focus the strobe does all the work. I maybe get a 50% hit rate.

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  4. Those eyes are ginger. Definitely.

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    1. Frances, the ones on the fly are. The bug has red ones...I think.

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  5. It got me curious as to what the rant is going to be now.
    I like the water droplets alot. How do you stop the flash from dominating the water droplets.

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    1. Douglas I don't and it does the only way to stop the flash reflecting is to use a soft box or a tripod and use natural light.

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  6. That first one is a knockout!

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    1. Bill I will have another go using natural light. See what i can come up with using a tripod.

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  7. The first image is wonderful. I always enjoy your rants, even if I can't figure out what they are about half the time.

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    1. Glad you like it Pauline. The rant is wearing off but will be back.

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  8. Love the first shot best adrian Andlook forward to seeing another in naturrl light and tripod

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  9. Margaret I took all the gear out this morning but it was too windy. Still it is forecast to rain over the weekend so I'll leave everything handy.

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  10. Your macro are always so impressive! Awesome photos Adrian.

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    1. Lynda, I enjoy macro. Insects are such intricate little creatures.

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  11. I love the insects but the red fleshy fruit makes my skin crawl.

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    1. Graham, it does look a bit weird but is a bit of a Red Campion. I think the seed pod.

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