SEX IN THE CITY...Macro Sects in my Aussie backyard


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March 24th 2019
Published: March 24th 2019
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It's been a hot summer... severe drought in Eastern Australia...record temperatures preventing us venturing West to support drought-torn economies...air-con humming constantly...violent hail and lightning storms flooding occasional relief. I venture into my Aussie backyard...Berowra Valley National Park...gotta be careful some hiker not report me 'cos I'm creeping through the bush with a camera..... Read Full Entry



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24th March 2019

Bugs!
Hi Dave, Some great shots there. I'm a keen photographer as you might know, but macro has eluded me all these years. You might just have broken the spell! David
25th March 2019

Bugs!
Thanks David. I have discovered a fascinating world not only under my nose but in my backyard. Glad you took the time to open my blog to discover the diversity of my tiny neighbours.
25th March 2019

Interesting portraits...
not your usual. I do love you back yard!
25th March 2019

Interesting portraits...
My favourite is definitely Nigel, Bob. The challenge is to get a portrait of a minute fella...the thrill is to blow up the pic to discover the character that is then revealed.
25th March 2019

Love the bugs
Loved the pics and impressed at your knowledge of entomology systematics.... Sweet. Rather like the look of your backyard also!
25th March 2019

Love the bugs
Gotta admit I did not know the names of 99% of the bugs without the assistance of Dr Google...but the good Dr also helped me appreciate that there are some out there who make my perception of my obsessions as somewhat low key, which is nice! I therefore dwell on the fun of discovery...and the discovery of the not usual has always been a driving force. If we have any similarities with the Yeti, I feel that is one. Thanks for commenting.
25th March 2019

Our Aussie backyard
Denise found our place many years ago as a simple fibro cottage with amazing bush views that we made our home. While Sydney sprawls and congests around us we never tire of our Aussie backyard that changes in many ways every day. It is full of life if one takes the time to look for it. How lucky we are to live there.
26th March 2019

Now if you like really close photography....
Dave, what you need to invest in is a scanning electron microscope... These beasties are less than 1mm in length. I love their armature and sense organs (sensilla). Think we're ok with copyright here as the plate is from an old publication of my own.. [photo=10007960]
27th March 2019

Now if you like really close photography
You have me intrigued Andy. I will message you privately as I'm always open to discover more..
27th March 2019

Oooppps.
Hi David, don't know how I got that erroneous number... It was only a silly thing: but liking macro-photography, electron microscopy always blows my mind.... These pics are of the larval stage of a fish parasite and the scale bar is in micrometers. I'll try the photo again [photo=10037960]
29th March 2019

Oooppps
Your Electron Microscopy photo is fantastic Andy. Really impressed with the clarity and depth of field. I guess I'd have to capture bugs to use such technology. Kinda different to my sweat in the eyes, getting real close, hoping to get a macro focus before the critter does not fly away!
28th March 2019

So this is what you’ve been up to
All this lurking around, hiding behind bushes with camera in hand makes sense 💚
29th March 2019

So this is what you’ve been up to
Now I've posted the macro-sect blog my love...I wonder what my next obsession shall be!
31st March 2019

Plant Genitals
Great blog! I am a huge fan of the small details of the macro world. This fairy tale that happens beneath our feet is beautiful, complex and vital to all life on this planet. I love when people smell flowers - they are smelling the genitals. Insects are like flying penises, flying from vagina to vagina. I spend weeks crawling on the tundra, digging in the dirt and absorbing the intricacies of the blooms and bugs. You are blessed in your back yard to have such diversity - the view from your deck fantastic. You must've spent a decent amount of time on Dr Google. I am interested in the two unnamed flowers on Page 4. The white ones look like a type of Stellaria and the yellow like a Senacio, I don't know if these genera sprawl into your continent though. Amazing pics. Dave
31st March 2019

Plant Genitals
Interesting take Dave...my macro sects you relate to flowers! Talk about full circle. This sect thing all began waiting for a flower to bloom so I appreciate the analogy! The white flowers on page 4 are Australian flannel flowers and the yellow flower is a dandelion closing at dusk...both meals for grasshoppers. You crawling in the tundra would be quite a sight...be fascinated to see what you have found. Of the about 1,200 Dr Google estimate of species of Australian native bees I have found 5 in my Aussie backyard. I'll leave it to others to put in the hours to find the others! Glad you liked the pics...I'm pretty chuffed with the results and I've only shown about half of the critters I found. The best thing is every day I found new ones.
2nd April 2019

Catchy Title
I love it when people blog about their local area. You are the experts! It is so good when we slow down to look around our world. You need to have your own bug show.
3rd April 2019

Catchy Title
Thanks MJ. The macro sect world has not only opened my eyes to see what is in front of me but to appreciate it may always have been there awaiting my smile.
2nd April 2019
Red Baron Dragonfly

Great idea
I love this idea for a theme blog. As alays there are some great photos you have posted. Thanks for sharing your pics with the resty of us. /Ake
3rd April 2019
Red Baron Dragonfly

Great idea
Glad you checked it out, Ake. The challenge is getting critters in focus but when achieved the results speak for themselves. The Red Baron Dragonfly pic you highlight is a great example. What an alien head it has. Should star in a movie. Sensational.

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