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Is it a Bird...............

By Hop-A-Long  
I hope I am finding everyone well and having had a fantastic Christmas. If your anything like me your still pretty full from all the Turkey dinners with roast tatties and parsnips. My mouth is watering again.
I hope Santie visited everyone and left them what they were hoping for. I got everything I wanted, my wife gave me the new War of the Worlds CD by Jeff Wayne, love it to bits, I now have both versions. My eldest son gave me a new wallet, thank goodness. I like a certain type of wallet which has a zipper pouch on the back for change, I hate having change loose in my pocket, it always seems to fall out and end up in small gaps where you can't get it back. My youngest son gave me a small 9inch softbox to fit my speedlight, perfect for the macro work I want to start doing again. I have an extendable arm for my flash and the softbox is the final bit to the jigsaw.
I also received some money from family and I put that to good use on Boxing Day. I have finally bought myself a new hard drive, my other two are only 500Gb and unfortunately were beginning to get rather full. I now have a 2Tb HDD as well, so instead of having two discs which are identical I have now split my photos and other documents between the two 500Gb HDDs and copied it all to the 2Tb disc giving me an excellent backup. My intentions are to get another 2TB HDD allowing me to have the two discs again rather than the three I have now. At least I know my photos are safe and that I have plenty of storage for lots more. The transfer of 35,000+ photos took forever on Boxing Day.
I have been to the supermarket as well and bought myself a few plants. I used to grow Amarylis every year, but haven't bothered for a while. I decided to get a couple this year, well, I was quite surprised to find them so cheap so I bought four in the end, the four at their reduced price came to the price of one before they had been reduced, absolutely crazy. I also managed to get a Narcissi Paper White and Gill found me a couple of Armeniacum's. In total I now have seven plants to grow and have spent less than 8.00, bargain. They will all become subjects for my macro work, so keep your eyes peeled.

Todays upload is an old one from the archives that I found during the transfer to the new HDD, in fact it is from 2010 and was taken at the Botanical Gardens at Durham University. They are lovely gardens and have a hot house where they keep and breed butterflies, you can enjoy walking through looking at plants whilst the butterflies flutter about and land on you. Taking your camera in there on a cold day is not recommended though, I did that and had to sit for about half an hour to allow the lens, sensor, mirror and viewfinder to demist before I could take a shot. Amazingly I was covered in butterflies whilst waiting, but the second the camera was ready, they all flew to areas that I was struggling to reach, typical.

I hope you like this and thanks for any comments.

If I don't see you before, HAPPY NEW YEAR and see you in 2013.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Plant Ladybird Insect Durham Close-up and macro Botanical gardens

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Dec 2012 12:32AM
A fabulous macro Andy, glad to hear that you have had an enjoyable Christmas and got some presents you actually wanted, all the best for 2013, Ed

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
30 Dec 2012 12:52AM
A perfect little bird-- love this macro-- Have a great New Year celebration!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
30 Dec 2012 6:33AM
What a write up! Glad to hear that you had a cheerful Christmas with presents that you like and those lovely plants. I don't know how I missed this excellent macro. It is so beautiful, perfect compo, focus and dof. I wish you too a happy New Year, Andy, with lots of photographic opportunities!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Dec 2012 6:50AM
A beautiful macro, Andy, and may you have health and happiness in 2013. Carol
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
30 Dec 2012 8:29AM
Sharp and very well composed with the shape of the leaves. Have a wonderful New Year, Andy, all the best,

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 8:55AM
Superb composition, sharpness and colour.
Xmas sounds to have been fruitful and exhausting Smile
Hope you and yours have a fabulous New Year, Andy!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 9:23AM
I think we need to see a picture of you covered in butterflies...
I like this, it has a sense of movement, life. It's the fact that the lady is negotiating the angle between two lines. Or something like that.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
30 Dec 2012 11:10AM
Super macro. Spot on focussing. Smile
Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2013.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 11:33AM
Very nice. All the best for 2013!

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
30 Dec 2012 11:38AM
Beautiful composition Andy with excellent detail and colour.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 12:18PM
Superb macro image, excellent detail and colours, beautifully captured and presented

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 12:37PM
Someone has clearly has a wonderful Christmas Andy. Love the pre narrative, and as for the cracking macro, well simply put "A quality image"

Regards Nathan
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 5:54PM
Clearly an aphid-free zone! Grin Lovely macro work.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 8:11AM
You had a good Christmas it seems and I'm glad this ladybird came to light. Happy new year to you and your family.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 10:55AM
So everything you wanted for Christmas SmileSmile
Just watch the smell from the paper whites when they come out - it was quite a shock to me the first time I grew them indoors Andy WinkWink
A splendid macro shot here
Best wishes for 2013 to you and yours
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
16 Jan 2013 11:21PM
Very nice macro shot. My best to you in 2013.

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