In April I’m looking for Macros or Close-ups in the Garden

(This month I want to see Macro photography or close-ups of anything you’d find in a garden –  so look out for unusual details) If you would like some tips then please visit my first post of the month.

Common Drone Fly – Eristalis tenax

This stocky hoverfly is the commonest ‘drone’ fly, so called because they mimic bee drones (male hive bees). Thanks to Ark, yet again for identifying this one – to me they all look like bees!

(it is worth clicking on full size when you view these images in the gallery)

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it AprilMacros in the Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in May.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

62 thoughts on “garden photography: good things come in threes

  1. Do you go out seeking bees, or do they flock to you? My closeups always reveal more than my eye sees so there’s no intentionality. I keep finding ladybirds hiding in my photos. You are making such good use of macro.


    1. You see that is why a close-up or macro is so good. You often find something that you didn’t see, like your ladybirds. This bee was busy on my asters late last year – which are quite small flowers. Been a bit too windy to capture a macro here, but the bees are enormous!


    1. I did, Kangaroo Paw? But I didn’t ID this insect correctly. Not a bee, another hoverfly. Who knew! Well actually Ark knew. Sigh… maybe I will get a real bee one day.


      1. I would have been as much in the dark a short while ago.
        I joined several FB groups and soon I learned a whole heap of interesting stuff.
        As for bees: There are five species I have cataloged that visit our spot.
        You probably have as many, if not more, where you are.


    1. Well getting close to flowers has been my passion, the insect photos are a real bonus! So often I found it easier to get a close-up with a zoom but I wasn’t getting the sharpness I wanted, so hence the macro lens.


      1. 🙂 Share and share alike … I’m merely ”standing on the shoulders” of others.
        What it also did for me was to almost eliminate entirely any fear of creepy crawlies.


      2. Well I did manage to clear out the garden shed today and didn’t run screaming out when I saw the most enormous spider! And lots of others. I just pretended they weren’t there…


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