Friday, 28 October 2016

Differential Grasshopper - Melanoplus Differentialis



Differential grasshopperMelanoplus differentialis, is one of the largest of grasshopper species,
 at 1 ½" - 1 ¾" long. They are yellow to green colored and have distinct chevron markings on the femur of its jumping leg.

I found this differential grasshopper resting on my Mulberry plant.  I took a picture of it and was lucky to get a closer look at it.  It has a unique color...yellow body with green spots on its body. I googled for its name and it says it is a differential grasshopper.  It rested a while and it flew off.  Thank God that it flew away after half an hour.  I can't kill a grasshopper anyway :p and thankfully, it did not eat up the leaves of my mulberry plant and the berries were not touched too .






Damage  excerpt taken from here
Both adult and nymph stages of grasshoppers damage plants by chewing holes in the leaves. They will also feed on flowers and fruit. They are voracious feeders, consuming approximately one-half of their body weight per day. Eventually they will eat the whole leaf, and in some cases, the entire plant.
Grasshoppers feed on both grasses and broadleaf plants, which includes many edible garden and ornamental plants. Adults usually move into yards and gardens in July and August.



Straight Human Hair Wig

I love my hairstylist friend Joe and he is the only one that can give me a good haircut that suits my face.  During  my recent trip to his salon and had my hair trim, he told me that my hair is thinning and he is worried for me.  I am worried too :p  He suggested that when the time comes, I can wear a wig and he told me that I could get straight human hair wigs when the time comes that I need to wear one. I asked him where can I get one that looks natural and he told me to go www.cocowig.com  and I visited their website and found a wide range of hair wigs of different style.  Now I am not worried anymore. Should the day come, I will get one online.  I saw one that I like ...mmmm I might even look younger with the wig :)  




Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Ladybugs Are Beneficial Insects

Ladybugs are beneficial insects that we can attract to our garden. They are natural garden pests control, less expensive and safe for the family.  I saw a few on my brinjal plant. They consume aphids, mites, whiteflies and scale. They can be attracted to our garden by planting members of the daisy family (Compositae), tansy or yarrow.  My brinjal plant was recently attacked by whiteflies. I was busy treating the plant with organically prepared solution to treat my brinjal plant when I spotted this cutie ladybug crawling on one of the leaves. 

Needless to say, I ran into the house , got hold of my Nikon and took a close-up image of this beautiful ladybug.  Once I have the camera in my hand, there is no stopping me. Until the clicking cravings is satiated, then only will I continue attending to my brinjal plant :) 









Light And Portable Amplifier

The picture below is a Fishman loudbox mini .  It is the lightest and most portable amplifier yet, it delivers the tonal quality that has made the Fishmann name the standard for great acoustc sound. This loudbox Mini packs 60 watts of clean acoustic power and it has two channels which features Fishmann' legendary preamp and tone control designs. The amplifier also features digital reverb and chorus for the instrument channel and reverb for the microphone channel. The Fishmann Loudbox Mini sports an MP3 input and balanced XLR D.I output which is a must for jamming along and capturing your performances.

A shout out to my musician friend Joe.  This will be perfect for his future performances .  Check it out Joe :)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

An Ordinary Housefly Can Look Good In A Close-Up Image :)

I had a fun time taking close-up pictures of this housefly taking a rest.  It is a common housefly but using a Nikon Af-s DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8g lens  and attached a Raynox dcr250 lens to it, the housefly looks gorgeous .  Love the silver shine on it, making it looked robotic .  I am proud that these pictures were taken hand held without a tripod.  

I am improving by the days and I love my Nikon D3200...a perfect entry level for newbie like me :)  I cannot believe that I have progress so fast.  I have to thank my sifu husband for having the patience to teach and guide me .  Thanking God for giving me  steady hands even though I am a retiree :p
 
love the blur background

robotic look

an ordinary housefly can look good in a close up  image


Cheap Wedding Shoes NZ

Not only wedding dresses are the main focus on any brides.  Wedding shoes are just as important and also the center of attention.  During my time, wedding shoes were plain simple white.  Now as you can see from the picture below...they are gorgeous looking with beautiful shining floral decorations on its side.  I saw this pair of wedding shoe from www.styledress.co.nz  

Any bride would be a shining star with this pair of Auckland Appealing Platform Stilleto Heels Wedding Shoes.  It is affordable and comfortable for any brides to be :)  I am in love with this pair and I would be happy to wear it for my coming 40th wedding anniversary :p  Why not, as I am not that tall ..this heel would be perfect for me.  Love this pair of heels to bits.  You can check out for more Cheap Wedding Shoes NZ at Styledress.co.nz



Saturday, 15 October 2016

' Crystals ' On Petals

























I managed to get a few nice shots of  'crystal' on petals. A sight to behold as the sun ray glitters off on the water droplets producing a crystal like look . Though it is only water but you can see the magic of light reflecting and producing a beautiful sparkle.  Love it!  I am sharing here some of the photos taken with my Nikon D3200 .  Amateur photographer but there is still room for improvement :)

water crystals on my Mandevilla flowers

beautiful shot

close-up taken with af-s nikkor 35mm f-1.8g lens  with raynox  dcr250 lens

 


Enjoy!





Guitar Display Case

When my son left for Singapore to work, he left behind his old electric guitar . After a year in Singapore, he bought himself a new electric guitar.  Each time I entered his room to clean the place, I saw his old guitar laying on the study table collecting dust.  His dad said to get a display case to hang up his old guitar .  It will be a great idea to purchase one . We googled and found one guitar display case that would fit perfectly for our son's electric guitar.  It comes with a locking hinged plexiglas door and 2 keys and it is designed to safely hold your electric guitar. And the hardtop case features a solid wood frame with a black felt back panel and padded guitar neck hook.

We took a picture of the guitar display case for his approval .  If he approves , then Daddy will go ahead and order one for the electric guitar :)


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Neon Cuckoo Bee


Gosh! it must be my lucky day to be able to capture a close-up shot of  this Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus) with my Nikon D3200 using a Af-S DXNikkor 35mm F/1.8G coupled with Raynox dcr 250 .  This is my first time seeing a Neon Cuckoo Bee live . It was resting on one of the flower bud.   I am amazed how this shot turned out !

The cuckoo bees are stunningly beautiful . They are very tiny and has dazzling patches of jewel-like blue fur on its black body.  They are attracted to blue flowers and they are effective pollinators of flax lillies and tomatoes.  They are Australia native's bees. These Neon Cuckoo bees lead a life of deceits ! They live like cuckoo birds  - laying their eggs on the nests of other bees :)  They prey on  the nests of blue banded bee and teddy bear bees. As the name suggests, these Neon Cuckoo bee lays its egg in the nest cell of its host, in this case the Blue banded bee, and then leaves.  The unsuspecting Blue-banded bee does all the hard work of digging the nest burrow, storing provisions of nectar and pollen and sealing the cell only to have its own larvae starve as the Neon Cuckoo bee larvae make use of the food supply.

I pray for more bees to come to my lil' space so that I can take more shots and improve my photography skills :)   Love this hobby of mine.  Learning the names of bees and their scientific names at my age is awesome and entertaining :)

awesome !

this beauty is resting 

It is attracted by blue flowers

beautiful shot :)

love how it balances itself on the tip of the flower bud