ALWAYS CARRY A CAMERA
Owning a small ‘point and shoot’ camera has transformed the way I look at and appreciate my Blue Mountains garden. The play of light, the beauty of a detail suddenly observed. It means that my ‘matron’s rounds’ are slower, but they are also much more rewarding. Who knew that so many tiny creatures shared my world?
I could have purchased a bigger, more expensive camera, but I want one I can carry in my pocket. I would even use my phone, except that I like to photograph birds high in the trees. I’m a writer/gardener, not a photographer.
Even a common and normally reviled creature such as the cabbage moth is beautiful (as long as it’s not depositing eggs on your cabbages).
Oh the time I have ‘wasted’ chasing bees;
My camera also makes me appreciate the intricacy of Australian native flowers. I only know that the next two photos are of ground-cover grevilleas, the name of the varieties escapes me.
When you begin to inspect plants more closely, alarming problems become apparent….such as aphids on roses! I hope this ladybird takes lots of the wretches home to feed her children.
Dragonflies are difficult to capture with a tiny camera, but sometimes they co-operate. It helps if they are tipsy on lavender nectar.
Even a long dead dragonfly is a thing of beauty.
I wonder if the following, more slender ones should be called damselflies?
Oh my, those eyes!
The cicada is the noisy symbol of summer. Rare for me to find one though, as the birds gobble them up.
See what I mean about the birds? A lightening strike.
I have no idea what the bug pictured below is, but I hope it loves aphids the way hover flies and ladybirds do!
This tiny spider was up very early to start work on its web. I hope I don’t blunder through it later.
I think the web below was made by a St Andrew’s Cross spider.
Take my advice, fellow gardeners, and put a camera in your pocket whenever you venture outside. It will open up a whole new world.
Fungi might not sound as beautiful as dragonflies and butterflies, but I now go hunting for them with my camera every autumn. TO SEE A FEW, CLICK HERE.
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