Butterfly idea

Drew a spiral and duplicated it. (I think it looked like the cross section of a trunk). Then I drew round the duplicated pieces in black (using a symmetry tool so both sides match). It’s quite simple to do. I guess if I was cutting it out of paper I could have folded it in half and got a similar effect….

Huge wasp!

Ooo dear, suddenly buzzing round the front door was a huge wasp, it must have snuck in when I put the milk bottles out. It was big. A queen? I don’t know, perhaps my fear made it seem larger. Boy cat, in his cone of shame, was bouncing up and down by the door, reaching up to the letterbox. He looked very comical in his buster collar, but I was worried the wasp would get scooped up by it!

Then I saw it. It was up on the glass above the door. But I couldn’t reach it! My hubby took the glass I was holding and got a bit of paper, quickly covered the wasp and I opened the front door. Off it flew.

I can’t tell you what species of wasp it was. All I know is it seemed to have a large stinger. I hope it finds somewhere to go, but not in my home.

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Dragonfly

My friend found this in her house today. She said it was like her spirit animal. I loved the idea. She let it fly free. I wish I had seen it. I’ve had to adjust the exposure and colour to try and make it visible because it was a very dark image originally. The structure of a dragonfly is amazing. It looks like the bones of a spine with a skull and wings.

Insect eye view?

No, just a photo through a sheet of bubble wrap, then multiplied in a photo editing ap, there you are, a vaguely insect like photo. Now I could put it through a couple of other apps and see what happens? Shall I….

To be honest I don’t know. If I did it might be OK, but I haven’t decided yet. Sometimes you can have too many options at your fingertips.

I saw a face

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I saw a face,

I blocked out some of the photo, and added some lines to the result in a sympathetic green colour. The blue mecanopsis flowers form stunning eyes, the concave petals give it depth. The dark purple makes the mouth and upper lips. It’s a almost insect like, perhaps like the head of a dragonfly? I can see antennae on it. It’s something I enjoy doing, playing with images.

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Bees and holly

I’m doing a few more pictures now. The yellow Bee on a yellow flower needs refining, I might make the centre of the flower a bit more orange or gold. The Holly was a bit of an experiment. The background is quite abstract. I might paint a banner across it saying Holly and Ivy, and add some Ivy scrambling up through the Holly plant. Or I might just brighten the Holly berries. Not sure…. More to follow.

Hover flies

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Daliah with hover flies. Another form of pollinator. They are so similar looking to bees with yellow and black stripes although they are quite a bit smaller. They really do hover almost like humming birds.

I like these daliahs, I like the simplicity and bright colours and because they are not double flowers the insects can get at the pollen easily.

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Resting bee

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My husband almost sat on this bee. I tried to give it some water but it flew off.

As the paper said in the seventies “phew what a scorcher”.

I managed to get quite close then used the zoom on my phone. The metal look plastic weave on the chair make it interesting and I like the detail on the bee and the folded wings. You can just see the antenna on the left side so that’s the head end x