Azure Damselfly

My first attempt at photographing a dragonfly, not my best work but I am pretty impressed with the end result nevertheless. As you can imagine they are quite difficult to photograph as they don’t stay in one place for more than a few seconds at any one time, so a lot of patience was required. They are also quite small and with how quick they move sometimes finding where it had moved to and re-focusing was a challenge in itself.

This dragonfly was a complete chance encounter while out for another one of my photo walks. Not actually sure if I have ever encountered a dragonfly before let alone try to photograph one. I believe that this specimen is a Azure Damselfly. I feel very lucky to have been able to witness this fellow so close up.

Nature on the Doorstep

Living in the city sometimes I think we all forget about the nature that is right on our doorstep, myself included. You can find a glimpse of nature in any urban space.

Across the road from our own urban space we have our own little glimpse of nature. Reminding me that beauty can be found everywhere.

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Honey to the Bee

The third and final photo blog entry for today, again following on from the previous two posts. The Sheffield Botanical Gardens provided me with more inspiration this time in the form of insects as well as the flowers.

Combine lots of flowers with warm sunny July weather and you will almost certainly see bee’s. This was no exception, so tried some macro photography to capture the winged honey makers as they hovered and collected their nectar.
It took ages to get some of these shots as you really need to have patience when trying to photograph insects. There was an abundance of wasps and bees, trying to get the right shot at the right moment was painstaking.
I think the patience paid off eventually as I am quite pleased with the shots that I did manage to capture.

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