Almost back to the beginning


York, United Kingdom

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Bee feeding on Veronica, my York, England, garden.
Not as good or close an image as that first inspirational lucky shot, but one which pleases me.

7.30 pm, August 15th, 2005, the evening which changed my life and damaged my bank balance.
I’d gone to Wheatlands, a wonderful, privately owned, but open to the public nature reserve near York.
I had a camera, hardly used and then only on full automatic. I had no idea how to work the wretched thing, it was all a mysterious mystery.
Then Joy showed me an image, still within her camera.
It looked like a blade of grass – until she gradually expanded it, revealing masses of insect eggs. I was HOOKED.
Eventually I learned to use the macro settings.
The world of the tiny opened up to me. I began to SEE where previously I had only looked. Things I hadn’t noticed leapt out and screamed for attention. Two months later, on October 14th 2005, I took this photo of a bee feeding on a bramble blossom.

I hadn’t realised how exquisitely beautiful a bee’s face is, how complex, the textures, shapes and colours. I was HOOKED.
Then there was the fly blowing a bubble. Why? How did he do it? Do ALL flies do this? What about other insects?
And just exactly which fly, wasp, bee, hoverfly have I captured on camera? Things to learn, books to buy. I was HOOKED.
Over the years, many subjects have claimed my attention & interest, none have snared me in quite the same way, so deeply. Most have been passing fads. This is serious.
I didn’t understand any of the technical twiddly bits. My “technique” was point, click, view, hope, delete – sometimes it even worked. But I had fun, great fun.
Some one told me macro photography is the easiest form. That may well be true, but what a wonderful world is revealed.
I have met delightful people, some in reality, many online. Some have become dear friends, precious beyond words. You know who you are.
Joy had no idea what she was starting that evening, neither did I, but: I AM HOOKED.
Now, several cameras, lenses, books, hours of reading, experimenting, failed attempts to move away from the tiny world later, I have a greater knowledge base, both of photography and insects. I remain frustrated that my images are not as good as I want them to be, frustrated that sometimes my camera can’t/won’t/doesn’t capture what I want it to. But still my interest prevails, my desire to learn more, to understand why, how, what continues to grow. And now, 8 years later, I realise that the more I learn, the less I know, but still …I AM HOOKED

This was the beginning of my photographic journey and my great fondness for the insects we take for granted, ignore, abhor or try to annihilate with our sprays and toxins. They may be small, but they are essential to our existence.
Panasonic GH2 crop psauto

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I support Butterfly Conservation.

174 years old and can easily pass for 90, on a good day, in the fog, at night, from behind!.

I stopped to think one day, and forgot to start again.

It is not possible with mortal minds to search out the purposes of the gods.

The more I learn, the less I know.

“Butterflies adorn the world and delight the eye”
John Ray (17th century naturalist)

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