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My Pond

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 4 August 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Remember the garden building project? One of the elements was a wild life area-a pond with wild area behind it. Just a few months on it's absolutely buzzing with life
On the subject of my garden, the ladybirds have done a stunning job. I would say that the beans are now 99% aphid free

Canon EOS 7D 1/1000 second F/10.0 ISO 1600 100 mm

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Nice capture of the bees in flight!

4 Aug 2011 5:22am

rem_la from Villiers, France

joli le tratement des couleurs !

4 Aug 2011 5:35am

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot, great colours and light.

4 Aug 2011 5:49am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

A photographer's dream world in your own yard.

4 Aug 2011 6:17am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

This is brilliant, love all the activity and the gorgeous red. It is amazing how quickly wild life appears around a pond. I was so excited when I saw the first newt in ours. Thank you for constructive comment this AM, sorted!!

4 Aug 2011 6:30am

@Christine: The pond and area behind it, is a source of daily joy and amazement. Every day there's something different to see. One day it's afrog, next day a newt, next day dragonflies, water-boatmen, water beetles. But if have to be quick, what is there one day isn't there the following day-where do they all go to? The poppies are really strange, each day one will open, and it's completely mobed by up to 20-yes 20-hoverflies, bees and other insects. The following day, it's left alone, and another flower takes centre stage. I wonder if as well as pollen and sugar, the poppies produce some sort of opiate, and that's what attracts the insects. The seeds were really expensive, but on a pound-per-joy basis, they were a great investment.

k@ from Paris, France

I'm fascinated by the quality of each detail here, the red of the poppy & its texture are incredible, and the girls so at feast in their high dance, excellent Chris.

4 Aug 2011 6:41am

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, that's pretty

4 Aug 2011 7:22am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Quality of image is Excellent...they are really Busy...5*

4 Aug 2011 7:39am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

An attractive poppy which does not miss amateurs

4 Aug 2011 7:43am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Glad your solution worked for the beans... great shot.

4 Aug 2011 7:53am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Wow, a busy red poppy!! Well done!

4 Aug 2011 7:58am

BBM from south, United Kingdom

Ready steady go! great capture!

4 Aug 2011 8:01am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - this scene really hums with life - and I love how it all gravitates around the poppy. Good news about the ladybirds as well.

4 Aug 2011 8:02am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What do you mean buzzing? Those are hover flies:) Good news on the beans. when do we get to see the big picture?

4 Aug 2011 8:11am

@grouser: Umm, that's a good tug, I'll wait until there's something going on which is bigger than a couiple of mm, and do a general shot

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . lots happening here. Good to learn the wild area worked out and that the ladybugs earned their keep in Cheerios. The poppy crop should balance out the finances nicely, I do suppose.

4 Aug 2011 8:27am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Dancing to the rhythm of thebuzzing ... the light of de sun and composition is spectacular too ... magnificent friend! A hug, Adela

4 Aug 2011 8:50am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Amazing shot to catch these in flight, I see you had to drive up the iso speed to get that fast shutter.
Are these hoverflies? I'm no expert in these matters.

4 Aug 2011 9:35am

@Curly: Yep, these are hoverflies. On the ISO/lens setting front, I now standardise on 1600 for everything. Certainly in everything except the dimmest conditions, there's no visible noise, so it gives me whatever shutter speed I want. I did a lot of experiments with the 100mm macro lens, and it's sweet spot is anywhere between f8 and f11. Less than this and the DoF is unworkably small, anything over that and you get iris refraction, which makes the actual images start to go soft again(The increased DoF, makes you think that the shots are sharp, but they aren't) So this was a simple set-up-set 1600, and find which of the favoured apertures gave me the highest shutter speed to try and capture the wing movement. On a general note, it seems that any lens aperture above f16 gives the iris refraction problem-it's a law of physics-nothing that the manufacturers can do anything about, so, this 100mm lens is acting "Normally"

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ...Absolutely wonderful !! Great story !!!

4 Aug 2011 10:05am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

oft hat man so ein Glück nicht. Vier auf einen Streich.
Gut erwischt.

4 Aug 2011 10:32am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wow!! This is so lovely!! Fabulous capture!

4 Aug 2011 11:22am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Another pound well spent and a great shot from it too. Glad the ladybirds are doing their job. I had wondered about them ^^

4 Aug 2011 12:28pm

marci from in, Morocco

awesome high speed shot! I bet you're loving the garden area!

4 Aug 2011 1:15pm

franz from Baden, Austria

what a gorgeous picture of teeming life - glad your garden project bears fruit!

4 Aug 2011 1:39pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Nicely captured hoverflies...

4 Aug 2011 4:20pm

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

This is such a bright and brilliant and busy micro world. Such energy in a little garden galaxy. Not Yellow jackets you say. I'm much happier. The two above the poppy are in a discussion about something. :-)

4 Aug 2011 6:08pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice, nuff said already!

4 Aug 2011 7:23pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great shot They certainly like that poppy!

4 Aug 2011 9:06pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A stunning shot, well worth 5 stars ! You'll be starting a garden - wild life TV show next.

4 Aug 2011 9:37pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

like a still from an action for film...great color

4 Aug 2011 10:43pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Congrats on getting the beans aphid free - sounds like ladybugs are the way to go! Love the way the two bees seem to be facing off. Excellent macro!

5 Aug 2011 1:36am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


5 Aug 2011 1:49am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Wow, what an awesome shot!!

5 Aug 2011 3:59am

flyingwind风飞扬 from TY, China

Fantastic speedy capture! Very excellent shot and quality!

5 Aug 2011 9:58am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

loads of them flies about.

5 Aug 2011 10:20am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Brilliant shot Chris!
So nice to read the ladybugs did their job:-)

5 Aug 2011 10:56am

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Fabulous shot. How was your back after that sereis?

5 Aug 2011 9:06pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

So this is where the prime honey hides:)

6 Aug 2011 3:41am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


6 Aug 2011 6:52am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Good catch! I like those two bees facing each other.

6 Aug 2011 2:31pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Wonderful opulence here in colours! I´m happy your private nature reserve is growing so fast - and getting such a beautiful acceptance. thumbs up!

7 Aug 2011 8:32am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

he he, nice shot ! this flower have lot of success :-))

10 Aug 2011 2:32am

Canon EOS 7D
1/1000 second
ISO 1600
100 mm