Last friday, I took a break from photographing summer flowers to plant a newly acquired pot of Shasta Daisies. Heading off to the shed, I plopped the pot down onto the grass so I could grab my gardening gloves and, of course, a shovel.
When I returned just a few seconds later, the most unusual flying insect was already feasting on the luscious, sunny-side up blooms. As I was about to swat it away, I caught a glimpse of its cartoon-ish looking ’eyes’ and knew instantly, a primo photo-op was literally, staring me in the face!
“Hungry Eyes” (Thread-waisted Wasp on Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 160
Getting the right angle to capture that adorable mug proved trickier than I’d thought (and the wasp was way more interested in eating than posing for the camera) but in the end, I got the shot and, a happy addition to my garden!
Just one of those days where I desperately needed something sunny!
“Quarter to Sunrise” (Gerbera Daisy) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 4s, -0.7EV, ISO 640
Today started out sunny, but then turned gloomy and dismal. Good thing I was up and out early! (Thanks time change!)
I’m amazed to still find blooms in the garden in November. The Shasta Daisies along my neighbor’s fence are a happy looking bunch worthy of their morning in the sun. I couldn’t pick between the two images below and with so many other things to do today, I gave up trying to decide.
"Fly Catcher" (House Fly on Shasta Daisy) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/10, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, Built-in TTL Fill Flash, -2.0EV
"Fried Eggs" (Shasta Daisy) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/14, 1/250s, ISO 400, Built-in Rear Curtain Fill-Flash, -3.0EV
Not much to look at in color but a beauty in black & white!
“Film Noir” (Gebera Daisy) Nikon D300, 70mm, F6.3, 1/125s, -0.7EV, ISO 250