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up close and personal

By CarolG  
This wasp was sunbathing on the wiegela last week, and I thought I'd see how close I could get to it with my little point and shoot. I was quite pleased with the result, usually anything I point at takes fright and departs before I can press the shutter!

This morning I have woken to a bit of sunshine, after yesterday's appalling torrential rain, so I hope to get out with the camera today and see what I can find. I hope everyone enjoyed their Bank Holiday weekend.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Somenath, iancam, Rodmac and 112 more

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iancam 9 23 England
5 May 2009 6:12AM
Superb macro Carol, Great detail and colour

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5 May 2009 6:17AM
oh Carol, V1 is simply awesome ! V2 is also great; color, detail and all. I wonder every time you get so close to them....
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 May 2009 6:24AM
Awesome macros...They even look like they've got little toenails. They're amazing images....Sandy
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
5 May 2009 6:41AM
A great composition and close up in V1

greatdog 10 21 England
5 May 2009 6:41AM
V2 for me,nasty things!!Dane.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
5 May 2009 6:43AM
Now that is something that scares me and if it was that big I wouldn't even go out, 3 super close ups

5 May 2009 6:44AM
Superb micro images.
Rorymac Plus
9 49 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 6:48AM
stonkingly good work
RTDS 9 Cyprus
5 May 2009 6:50AM really have outdone yourself this time Carol.
Superb details of this wasp,excellent colours.
My hat of to you..two thumbs upSmile
madbilly 9 1 4 England
5 May 2009 6:51AM
I absolutely hate bees & wasps and all these stinging flying thingys but the quality of these images is EXCELLENT.
5 May 2009 7:00AM
totally agree with Robert ! outstanding work
JudeC 11 6 3 England
5 May 2009 7:06AM
WOW - that's close! - Jude.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 7:17AM
Not sure I would want to get too close to one of these Carol. The detail is great, especially in version 2.

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
5 May 2009 7:21AM
Impressive macro work as ever Carol ~ No. 2 is the best IMO.

skye1 11 29 4 Wales
5 May 2009 7:21AM
lovely macros of the wasp in all versions, ver1 though the details on its face I can now see why I dont like these little blighters lol that face is evil lol - braver than me I would not have gone nowhere near lol
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
5 May 2009 7:31AM
Three outstanding captures Carol - the details are amazing. Wouldn't have dared getting so close to these either - but glad you did, these are wonderful.

Ray42 10 3 England
5 May 2009 7:35AM
Super macros Carol
Cor 9 Belgium
5 May 2009 7:37AM
A top shot!
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 7:43AM
Three excellent close up images Carol,the detail and clarity are superb,well captured........................

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 7:50AM
3 awesome shots
Glad to hear the rain has stopped A friend is off to Greece today and I told him about your swimming pool... not impressed
5 May 2009 7:56AM
So well detailed.
Wilmot 9 338 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 7:56AM
3 Amazing shots
5 May 2009 7:57AM
Cracking shots Carol, detail is superb!
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 8:29AM
Vicious - superb close ups,
5 May 2009 8:42AM
3 lovely close up Carol

5 May 2009 8:52AM
Super macro.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 9:06AM
V1 - the face-to-face encounter is brilliant! He does not look best pleased to see you. Oy, get off me patch!
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 9:13AM
Superb Carol! Well done. Love the detail and clarity of these. Your point and shoot, as you call it, never ceases to amaze me for sure!
Marilyn x
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 9:16AM
excellent set and close ups - were your ears burning the other day? we were saying how good your shots are Carol
5 May 2009 9:55AM
A stunning set of macro shots here again Carol,brilliant detail.

Jean x
5 May 2009 10:20AM
Stunning set of macro shots. Beautiful pin sharp detail and stunning vibrant colour. Superb.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 10:28AM
Glad to see him sunbathing, I wish I could. I can't face another grey Summer Smile
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 11:26AM
Excellent captures Carol, nice detail in all
5 May 2009 12:19PM
Superb images but has they as they stung me half to death when digging manure at the farm when i trod on there house hidden in the manure i hate the things with a bloody vengence. Gary
MRSbiscuit60 10 224 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 12:34PM
Fabulous shot Carol. Trish
Mikelane 11 1 Wales
5 May 2009 1:02PM
Three brilliant shots carol,excellent detail ,superb work well done regards
Mike xx
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 1:04PM
excellent series carol with fantastic detail
5 May 2009 1:40PM
Great series, really is up close and personal, stunning detail.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 2:19PM
The details are incredible either that or its a giant wasp.
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
5 May 2009 2:22PM
Superb close up work Carol.

ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 2:24PM
Good old point and shoot......wish I could get shots like this........Brill that is.

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
5 May 2009 2:32PM
What stunning macro work Carol, so well detailed.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
5 May 2009 2:39PM
Amazing work !

Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
5 May 2009 3:17PM
Wonderful macro images again Carol. V2 and V3 are remarkable.
Kevhan 9 4 England
5 May 2009 3:36PM
Three super detailed shots. Well done.
whiteswan01 10 13 England
5 May 2009 3:52PM
wow three superb shots your braver than me lol
Rachel99 9 1 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 3:59PM
Brilliant as always
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 4:28PM
great again, super work

susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 4:41PM
Yes Carol you have really captured his evil side!! Brilliant close up .... well there are some advantages to living in the UK we don't get these flying about 'till August usually (but who kknows with global warming)

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
5 May 2009 4:41PM
Great images, as ever. Never did like these guys and now I've seen them close-up, like them even less!!
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
5 May 2009 5:20PM
Terrific detail in all three images Carol. Love the vibrant colours and presentation too. V1 for me - such a cute expression for an insect!
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
5 May 2009 5:31PM
v1 for me.lesley
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
5 May 2009 5:47PM
Great close ups Carol

gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 6:40PM
WOW......Had to check to see if you were still using that compact.....these are amazing Carol....excellent job
Campbell 9 1 Scotland
5 May 2009 6:43PM
Excellent Carol.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
5 May 2009 7:02PM

" afraid I don't know the name of the rose"
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
5 May 2009 7:17PM
I am at a loss for words to describe this! Wow! You got such a fabulous macro image and probably all I would have gotten would have been stung! Excellent work!
A most amazing close-up! and the other versions are pretty good too. JNC
5 May 2009 8:00PM
Three amazing close-ups, great detail. Well done.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
5 May 2009 8:01PM
Excellent close up work Carol, like V2 and 3 best,
jocneilson 11 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 8:13PM
Ho yes yet one more Fabulous shot very well done .gets my click yours JOC..
5 May 2009 8:19PM
Stunning trio, v1 for my choice.
vandalp 10
5 May 2009 8:22PM
Stunning shots Carol.
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 8:46PM
An excellent series, Carol. Good macro work with fine detail captured in all.
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
5 May 2009 9:41PM
So much detail Carol, love the very fine 'hairs' on his head!
betts 10 1 England
5 May 2009 10:03PM
Awesome macro, Carol 3 fantastic shot. Don't think i could have got that close,,,,,lol,,,, well done.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 10:29PM
Close up and very "in your face". He looks a mean one until you realise how small he is. Great shots especially v1 Carol
MandsH 11 England
5 May 2009 11:07PM
Superb shots, especially the face on view in v1
CherryMartin 10 10 United States
6 May 2009 5:20AM
Fantastic close ups Carol.
lyntonB 11 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2009 9:54AM
Superb set of close-ups Carol, excellent detail and composition. V3

Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
6 May 2009 11:39AM
All are brilliant Carol,detail in no,1 is amazing,

6 May 2009 6:43PM
Superb photography . Glad wasps and bees are no bigger than they are.
7 May 2009 11:32AM
great shot Carol
KP 9 6 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 5:26PM
Taken with a point and shoot, i want that camera, amazing just amazing
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:56PM
Cracking light and detail Carol,
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 May 2009 6:12PM
An incredibly detailed set of close up shots Carol, these are really tremendous. You were very brave to take the in your face one in v1!
mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2009 8:25AM
a BRILLIANT piece of Macro work. This is a GERMAN WASP (vespula germanica) id'd by the 3 small dots on its face. a Cracker indeed.

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