Over the summer myself and my new camera went on a little journey of discovery together, a nature adventure across the very modest expanse of my garden. Looking at all kinds of life and what we found was amazing.
There was stuff happening all around us, constantly. But unless you look, really look, you might not even notice. Bees, butterflies, spiders, snails, lavender, strawberries, sweet peas and more. All of these were moving, changing, growing and adapting over time, it was wonderful to watch.
I really enjoyed catching some of these moments with my camera, such vibrant colours and the challenge of capturing tiny moving creatures going about their business. Patience is definitely required for this close-up macro work, unfortunately, a bee is not going to wait and flash you a winning smile! But when you get a nice sharp image from this environment the time spent feels justified.
Patience is definitely required for this close-up macro work, unfortunately, a bee is not going to wait and flash you a winning smile! But when you get a nice sharp image from this environment the time spent feels justified.
What did I learn?
- Well, we are surrounded by some truly beautiful creatures and situations, that are so close, easily accessible and cheap (if not free).
- When you see something that you love, share it with somebody, especially if you have kids. My daughter was fascinated by this, she’s 5, so much of the world is still new, she didn’t know what a bee and butterfly look like really close up. It was a great feeling for her to be so interested in something I had created myself.
- As a race we need to slow down, we’re so driven by technology (which for the most part I think is good – see next point) but we need to take a few moments every now and again to look around. Get away from your desk, put your phone down, breathe the world in!
- What we are able to see and capture through a camera lens is incredible. All these tiny elements that cannot be seen by the human eye alone. I love it. It feels a bit like we’re peaking through a window, looking into part of nature’s world where we’re not really allowed to be.
Looking forward to sharing more with you soon.
Until next time
[All images are my own and taken with a Canon 700D]