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Friday Photos

Firstly, thank you to all those who made kind comments about the final piece – all those stitchers amongst you will appreciate how good it is to have one’s work well received!

Friday Photos this week feature Oriental and Asiatic Lilies which are blooming in my garden at the present time.  Sorry, but you will have to imagine the fragrance…….20121217-_MG_6396

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WordPress is being difficult – it’s not uploading all my pictures! Most annoying!

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I usually post most of my photographs on my photo blog, but here are some for today – all are macro shots of insects taken in the garden this morning …….if you click on any photo it will be enlarged, and then all become a slideshow.

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I know many folk prefer photographs without added textures or too much processing, but I am learning a whole lot about the various methods in the 52 week Beyond Layers classes.  Our challenge this week was to create images that had a painterly appearance…….using Kim Klassen’s Textures and the techniques we have been using.  I tried something I had been meaning to do for ages, that was, to make a particular sort of layer myself.  Because I wanted these photos to look as if they had been painted on canvas, I took a photo of some even-weave linen and after a little processing and tinting in Lightroom, used it as a layer with the others.  The results….

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For the last week or so, this little lady has appeared in the middle of her web at night, but hides during the day.  She is Garden Orb-weaving Spider, possibly Eriophora biapicata, but I am not sure.  She is actually about the size of my little finger-nail, but her web is quite large, and incoveniently spun on the veranda post at my back door.  Unless careful, it is easy to walk through it by day.  She is very industrious and carefully mends the web each night so that in the morning after capturing and wrapping a variety of moths and other insects, damaging the web in the process, there is a perfect web once more.  Last night I was delighted to see there was a second, smaller spider spinning its web a couple of metres away……now I have two to watch………..my apologies to those who do not like them, I find them rather lovely.

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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.

The centre of a large flowering Clematis

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…..

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This frog is the Southern Brown Tree Frog – Litoria ewingii

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