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It was overcast with a hint of mist in the air as I headed for my local botanical garden this morning. Before a bit of sun started to burn through, I managed a good hour and a half of shooting with the advantage of a giant soft box in the sky providing beautiful light. Of course I spent a lot of time with the dahlias, and I got very lucky when I found this gorgeous hoverfly perched on the tip of a dahlia petal. The soft light was just right to bring out the iridescence of its wings. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50m macro, f/11, 1/100 sec., ISO 1250, overcast, handheld)

Top 10 in “Hover Flies on Flowers” challenge in Bugs and Animals on Flowers/Foliage in Macro group (December 2013)

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  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Oh my gosh, look at the patterns, colors and stripes on this little guy! Incredible clarity and focus Celeste!

  • Thank you, Joanne. Hoverflies are quite pretty, although it’s hard to see this much detail with the naked eye (one of the reasons I love macro photography). They are beneficial, too – pollinators.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    Celeste the detail on the hoverfly is wonderfuland the overall composition just delightful . . . .

  • Thanks, Teresa. I was lucky that the hoverfly was quiet for a minute or so!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • IngeHG
    IngeHGover 3 years ago

    Great details, sharp yet soft image, I love the colours on its wings !

  • Inge, thank you for stopping by to comment. Yes, the wings of a hoverfly are a wondrous bit of art in nature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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