little things in life

A fellow blogger and friend has been posting some images of spring in Australia including close-ups of moss starting to sprout. It prompted me to take my new macro lens down to the river where I knew moss grows abound and where I had seen some tiny fungi growing just the other day. Unfortunately it was quite dark by the river (it is flanked by a high cliff and trees on the one side) and moss isn’t as attractive in its latter stages, but I did find the fungi and a few interesting little things to photo. They are not the sharpest of images, but as I have mentioned over on the flower blog where you will find more macro images, I am happy to record my journey with the new camera with the hope that as time goes on I will improve!

We will start with this quite small leaf covered with tiny hairs on which there were beads of moisture – from the early morning fog I imagine.


Next a look at some fungi – note that the puff ball ones are actually very, very small, probably the size of the nail on my little finger.

Then some moss – again with the droplets – ferns and a couple of flowers. I had not realised until now how much the spores on a fern look like tiny eggs.

And finally one insect (there was a spider too but the quality of that shot is far too embarrassing to post here) a bright red-brown fly. If you click on him to enlarge the image you will see the hairs on his back.


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

43 thoughts on “little things in life”

  1. Jude this’s to journey of yours is amazing! As if there is a whole new perspective to your images. The insect looks as if under a magnifying glass it is so vivid!

    1. I’ve not seen one either, the bright colour caught my eye as I was trying (unsuccessfully) to capture a spider. Pure luck it was in focus before it flew away again!

  2. I must say these photos are so good Jude and you are having so much fun, I am getting very tempted to buy a new camera and lens. That fly photo when enlarged showing all his hairy back is amazing.

    1. I have been wanting a camera to which I could attach a proper macro lens for several years, just couldn’t decide on the model.And really there was nothing wrong with the camera I had (except you couldn’t get really close-up). As it was the macro aspect I was more interested in I finally decided that now was the time. And it opens your eyes to a whole new world!

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