Saturday, 23 July 2011
I don't do a lot of macro photography as I have never figured out really how to use my camera's macro function. I don't think it's anything like as good as a DSLR macro lens would be. Nevertheless I quite liked this close-up image of a dragonfly and its shadow. I don't know much about them - from 'googling' the species I think it is some kind of Hawker (Aeshna) but that's as far as I've got. Any dragonfly experts out there?
Isn't nature amazing though?....so many wonderful varieties of flora and fauna, each exquisite down to the tiniest detail. I've just been watching part of a David Attenborough programme (he's one of England's 'national treasures'!) about Madagascar on TV, and wow, the variety of life there is incredible. Such weird and wonderful creatures. You couldn't make it up! 80% of the island's animals and plants are unique to Madagascar. (Not sure if the TV link will be viewable outside UK but you could try.)
I'm shocked at the dreadful scenes in Norway and send my heartfelt condolences to anyone affected by those horrific acts of violence. My thoughts and prayers too to all of you suffering the extreme heatwave in North America (much as I wish it was a bit warmer here, I don't like it hot - and that heat and humidity must be literally a killer). Hope you can find ways of staying cool.