garden photography: good things come in threes

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 Comments Add yours

  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. Heyjude says:

      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. Wind is a bit of a curse with all my dang lies too.

  2. pommepal says:

    Well done capturing those bees in triplicate. I find they buzz around so fast they are very hard to get this sharp. I think you will know what my flower is this week Jude. I wonder if others will recognize it? https://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/garden-photography-macro/

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think I know, but I’ll wait to see if anyone else does 😀

      1. pommepal says:

        I thought you would recognise it Jude

    2. Heyjude says:

      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. pommepal says:

        Keep trying, it will happen…

        1. Heyjude says:

          Or friends will step in for me!

        2. pommepal says:

          That’s what friends are for!!!

  3. These are fabulous – how did you get the bee(s) to be still for long enough to focus? 🙂 Here is my contribution for this week http://wp.me/pRM20-2Ie

  4. elleturner4 says:

    Beautiful photos 😀

  5. Really great macros, Jude. Stunning detail. Here’s my orchid in all its glory: https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/my-sunday-photo-pretty-in-pink/

  6. Helen Bushe says:

    I’ll be out in garden with macro as soon as temperature gets into double figures! 😊

  7. Arkenaten says:

    A drone fly methinks – name of Eristalis, maybe? Lovely shots.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t know how you do it, but yes I do believe you are right. AGAIN!
      I wonder if I have any photos of real bees :-/
      Thanks Ark 🙂

      1. Arkenaten says:

        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.

  8. desleyjane says:

    Oh how fabulous. Love this little trio. Colours, composition, sharpness, all wonderful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love trying to catch a shot of a bee at work.

  9. DailyMusings says:

    yours are beautiful! I’m just learning how to do “close ups” here’s my try https://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/april-macros-in-the-garden/

    1. Heyjude says:

      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.

  10. Sue Slaght says:

    Wonderful close ups of these busy wee ones.

  11. Macro is not my strong suit but I love a good macro. These closeups are goregeous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am a beginner in the macro world, it is not easy controlling this lens, but it is fun learning.

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