Soldier Season

It seems to be Soldier Beetle season as they are all over the place. I even had one in my car the other day! I shall respect their privacy and avoid photos of them mating, but here are just a few of them wandering about:

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Wild Visitors

After a long week of work and all kinds of stresses and strains, it made me very happy to have a brief wander in the wild garden between showers this evening. I found a couple of lovely wild visitors out there.

Firstly this little Soldier Beetle was busy flying about and allowed me to get a few shots while he rested on various bits of grass. I’m not sure what he was doing, but I was just glad to get some nice shots ๐Ÿ™‚

Then there was this lovely Ringlet butterfly fluttering around. I crept up on it to try and get some nice close-ups.

It’s good to get to the end of another week. This has been a very odd week what with the bees, and lack of sleep, and I’m only just getting back to normal after all of that! Hoping for a nice relaxing weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Leafy Ladybird

I’ve been able to get out a bit with the camera this weekend, so I have a new stash of photos to share. This is one of my favourites of the weekend – a lovely little ladybird sitting on an autumn leaf. I was really pleased with how the contrasting colours came out, and the ladybird stands out well against the leaf.

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Autumn

It seems that Autumn is definitely here. I went for a short walk in my lunch break and the woods were very autumnal. I didn’t have my camera but I got a few snaps on my phone.

I spotted this big shiny beetle crawling on the ground – sadly you can’t see quite how shiny he was but not a bad shot for a phone photo.

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There were lots of fungi growing too …

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And finally some leaves changing colour ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ladybirds (or Ladybugs if you prefer)

Today I bring you Ladybirds … or Ladybugs if that is your preference … or indeed Coccinella septempunctata if you are interested in that kind of thing …

This one is slightly better focused I think and you can see more of the Ladybird, but it’s just on a stony background crawling on the wall:
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This one, while upside-down and perhaps not so well focused, is (I think) a more interesting shot:
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Opinions?

Beetle Dreaming

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I went for a lunchtime walk today and spotted a lovely Broom bush. It turns out that the flowers, though beautiful, are pretty hard to photograph and most of my shots aren’t very good. But this shot of a tiny beetle on one of the flowers worked well. This has been tweaked a lot in Lightroom – my son was “assisting” me and kept getting me to push the sliders much further than I would normally, so I’ve ended up with a shot that isn’t very realistic, but is really nice and dreamy. Perhaps I should get him to help more often as he seems to have a talent for pushing the boundaries a bit to get a really good arty shot.