Monday, 28 November 2016

Long Legged Fly - Taken With Built-In- Flash On

I am really proud of myself...after having lessons and lessons on macro photography from the hubby...these macro photos of the long legged fly has made him PROUD.   I  have indeed improved by leaps and bounds. I will NEVER say "I am too old to learn" ! I did it!   First time learning to use the built-in-flash though and the pictures turned out great.

With the naked eye, you see a small tiny fly with a faint luminous blue on its body but with the close-up lens and using the Nikon D3200 built-in flash set at 1/8 , I managed to get this beautiful shot . You can even see the hairs on its body so clearly. And it brings out the beautifully color of green, blue, metallic gold or silver.  A simple tiny fly , once magnified through the macro lens, you see something so awesome!  This is a good fly to have in the garden. 

Hubby is proud of my achievements and he is constantly guiding me through my photography journey. Taken with the entry level Nikon D3200 with 35mm 1.8g lens attached with Raynox dcr 250 close-up lens.

Long Legged Fly - beneficial insects for the garden

love this shot.....

beautiful insect predator....

Long-legged flies species (Dolichopus spp.) in the Galveston-Houston region
 are slender and often beautifully colored with green, blue, metallic gold or silver.

learning how to use the built in flash  pays off ....

another great shot


Friday, 18 November 2016

Pollinator For Eggplant - Stingless Bee

Stingless Bees are great pollinators for our garden plants especially for  eggplant and calamansi .  I managed to take a few shots of them busy working on my eggplants. A beautiful sight to behold and if you want to know more of these stingless bees or kelulut bees, click here for more information on them.  Besides being helper pollinators, they produces honey... and some believe that their honey are highly antimicrobial and has an even stronger medicinal value compared to New Zealand's Manuka honey.  Many of my gardener friends are trying  to be beekeepers too.  Interesting hobby I would say.  

my lil helper at work :)

look at the pollen sticking on their legs

they rely entirely on flower nectar and pollen for food,
 they are important pollinators of many forests and plants.


job accomplished...soon the eggplant will appear :)

successfully pollinated by the stingless bee
the swelling shows eggplant flower is successfully pollinated

few days later,the appearance of  eggplant 

a week later, it grows to this size

and it is now time to harvest the mini eggplant :)

thank you to the stingless bee for being the busy pollinator


Friday, 11 November 2016

Perak First McDonald Outlet To Close After 30 Years

It did not seem so long ago but reality struck when I read in the papers that our favorite McD outlet is closing . Yes, it was true after all and it really was 30 years ago. This outlet brought back many sweet memories . We were happy way back then when it first opened as it meant we did not have to drive all the way to KL just to enjoy McD .. it was really like a treat back then. A Big Mac was a sight to behold and I could eat two ! 

When we had our kids this was their favorite place for birthdays as it was food,icecreams and swimming in a huge pool of coloured balls.!    Many kids had similar activities too and some met here for group studies as they grew up. 

So we decided one morning after our marketing to just take the 'skybridge' across to McD. This in itself was a first for us as there was no over head bridge back then. We ordered two McD breakfast and sat strategically at a table so that we could observe the goings on. It was rather sad as just being there brought a flood of memories , 30 years of it. Many people were shocked that this iconic landmark is soon to be no more. In any case ,we were here just one last time and took pictures for the album ad they served their soon to be last breakfast . Goodbye McD sniff sniff sniff it's been a good 30 years.

This McDonald outlet holds sweet memories for 
us especially my kids :)

Refraction Inside Water Droplets

Since I learned about refraction photography, I am always on the ready to shoot water droplets on leaves and flowers, after a heavy shower.  I have yet to get near to a perfect one but I know I have progressed far since I took up photography after having bought a DSLR camera.   Will never let the camera be a white elephant :p  I am proud of myself , dare to dream and having a positive attitude what my kids and ubby would want to see in me :)

Thank you guys for being there for me and guiding me along !

Set A Goal 
That Makes 
You Want To 
Jump Out of
Bed In The Morning

Elegant Dresses For Mother Of Bride

Come year end and Christmas, there will be lots of wedding events to attend.  My friend's daughter is getting married come December 11th in Singapore and it is a church wedding.  Josie is looking for a few elegant dresses for her daughter's wedding and her regular designer is away in London for her year end vacation.  Thus, she is looking for online boutique and she found some very elegant and beautiful dresses . At, she managed to see some elegant ones fit for a queen. They have a wide range of stylish and  elegant mother of bride dresses to choose from and Josie is super happy that she managed to find a few suitable ones for the long awaited grand day.  I know how excited and happy a mother can be for I have gone through the same emotions.