I’m back – more than two weeks since the last post……..
Thank you to those who have continued to visit and leave comments, despite a dearth of new postings, and those who emailed to see if I was OK. Your loyalty and concerns are very much appreciated. I have actually enjoyed the break, but if I leave it any longer it will become more and more difficult to get going again.
During this time, there has been little stitching of note, but despite having house guests, several trips to Melbourne, and various other essential activities, I have still been able to get out in the garden with the camera, and these are a few recent macro shots. As the weather is warming up there are wonderful flowers to photograph as well as the bees and other bugs they attract.
Love-in-a-mist or Nigella are wonderful annuals that self seed very easily, and I find them very photogenic with their fine green leaves, fluffy blue petals and exotic centres.
However, I’m still trying to take the perfect photo of their lovely flowers…
Sadly I no longer keep bees, they were never able to make enough honey to last them through the winter, and the weather here was too cold and wet through winter for the hive to survive. One can feed them with sugar syrup to supplement what they can forage for themselves, but it seems most local apiarists move their hives to kinder climates for winter. There are many bees around now, they seem to love blue flowers and this lavender is one of their favourites.
It’s Fly season again….I hate them but love to be able to see the detail of a close up photo.
My Entomologist daughter has this female Praying Mantis living in a jar in her kitchen, it is still quite young and cannot yet fly. About an inch long, her name is Consuela, she is lives on flies that are caught for her and will be released when she has wings and needs to go free…..