Jumping Spiders Take 2.

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I managed to capture a short film of him carrying his meal away out of sight which is quite cool to watch. 

Tiny Beeeautiful

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After work this evening, I walked over to Queens Gardens and took some photos.  I was on the look out for jumping spiders, but sadly did not spot any.  I did manage to spot some other beautiful details.  Pollen, and the colour pigmentation of  the flowers has been of interest lately, and even though these plants are not native to Australia, I throughly enjoyed all the brilliant colours and textures.

I’m moving on, with a “newer” model…wait maybe not.

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You were really good to me when we first met.  You were shiny and new and you produced really consistent images.  I could always rely on you when I was under pressure.

Sadly, you’ve gotten a bit lazy.  You no longer let me take you out and shoot easily.  One of your buttons gave out 2 years ago, and I’ve been working around that hoping you’d magically come right again.

A few weeks ago you became even more hesitant to help me out…another of your features suddenly gave out.  I know I rely on you heavily, and we’ve worked together for nearly 8 years, but it’s time to give you a little break.  I promise I’ll still take you out from time to time.

Unfortunately, my new gear is giving me slight problems… I’ve readjusted a few settings and I’ll try again first thing tomorrow morning.  Below is what I’ve captured on your replacement.  I’ve read a few reviews and it’s looking like this model is actually quite a bit of a dud.  The images are just not sharp.  Probably going to have to return it…. Dang!!!  Canon 7D.

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I know these looks sharp as 4×6 size images, however when blown up there is little to no detail, and it makes me sad.

Have you found this happen with a product you’ve bought?  I’ll be going back tomorrow to select another model… Probably the Mark III, which is going to leave me for broke!

Needy, clingy me.

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Recently, I’ve been a bit clingy.  Correction, I’ve been an absolute nightmare (I’ve morphed into one of those creatures in your dreams that are after you but no matter how much you try to run and hide, and they are just always there…merciless!).  I’ve got some sense in me to know that it’s becoming a bit of an issue. But for some reason, I’ve been really just wanting to spend every moment with Mike, and get sad when he’s away…and at the same time I can get quite grumpy when we’ve spent too much time together.  How’s a guy to cope with that?  I don’t quite understand it myself…

But it’s me…and so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it.

I’m thinking my mysterious illness is bringing me down and I really just want to feel comfort all the time.

Like constantly.

Mike has been a darling through the tears, the grumpy faces, and all incessant whining for cuddles.

A pure man of gentle compassion..

That is until we get to the grocery store and we happen to venture down the multivitamin section.  He spots a bottle and proclaims “that’s just what we need!”.  Mike then grabs multiple bottles and starts to throw them at me and into his basket…

“Mood relief Vitamins”.   I bought some vitamin b just to see what will happen.

The photos above were taken yesterday, even though I was doing what I loved (walking and taking photos)…I still had a heavy fog of misery hanging about my thoughts.  I’m hoping some vitamins and perhaps some positive thinking will clear out the fog.

Aphids and Ants, working together…

Lately, I’ve been watching loads of David Attenborough programs with Mike.  The most recent being a series on “the undergrowth” which featured stunning videography of insects.  If I had not watched the programs, I’d never have noticed this…

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Pulling the camera back a bit reveals this is a flower bud completely consumed by aphids and ants.Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 5.44.19 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 5.44.10 PMWhats interesting; is the ants are protecting the aphids…and drinking the nectar the little rose eaters are pooping.

It’s inter-species collaboration… right in our very own back yard!