Firstly, yes ...... I know ..... I should be ironing. But hey! Life's too short!
Following my Daily Constitutional earlier this week I was keen not to miss the chance of getting some good pictures of the thistles once they were in flower.
On Monday morning I decided to start my walk down the back alley and were pleased to see that they were, indeed, starting to flower.
Tuesday morning, I headed the same way with the camera hoping for some good shots. I didn't want to carry the DSLR so just took the Lumix, my small digital camera.
There were plenty of flowers and lots of bees gathering pollen in the warm sunshine. I did manage to get a few good shots, but we have never really mastered the macro function on this camera so I ended up being quite disappointed.
The one thing this little Lumix is brilliant for though, is zoom. It knocks the standard lens on the Canon into the park.
Anyway, I took loads of pictures, most are on the cutting room floor. I really struggled with the macro, I took lots of shots of bees, but in the majority of pictures the focus was on the thistle and not the bee. The breeze didn't help, as every time I was ready to shoot, the thistles just swayed in the wind.
Here's the best of what I ended up with, but I definitely need to put in some practice with this lens. Martin is definitely the expert when it comes to the macro.
I couldn't resist just a couple more shots of some yellow daisies and foxgloves on my way back. You just gotta love a foxglove!!
Now, I suppose you'd better point me in the direction of the ironing board!
See you soon.