Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Nature : Lacy Architecture Of A Leaf

The lacy architecture of a leaf  seen through a close up lens. The thick, tough veins of a leaf give the leaf its shape and remain after the rest has decomposed and the toughest part are reinforced with a material called cellulose.

Photo Credit : Elin Chia

Friday, 1 December 2017

Asian Honey Bee - Close Up Photography

It has been a while since I last posted here.  Been busy of late , but since my bittergourd flowers are a plenty this season and the bees are coming back to help pollinate the female flowers , I took the opportunity to take out my camera and started shooting away. Not many of the shots turned out good but I managed to get a few I am happy with. These Asian bees are busy fluttering away so I had to set the shutter speed to bigger number.  I find taking moving objects a challenge especially bees and birds. They cant stay still for long :)  Anyway, I am happy with my progress .  Close Up Photography gives me happiness ....I will never give up on close up photography. I hope to master the art of close up photography comes 2018.  All the close up photos  are taken hand held. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Bokeh Photography

"Bokeh is an optical effect in which the background of a photo is blurred. The blur is produced by taking photos with a shallow depth of field. Bokeh occurs in the areas of the photo that are out-of-focus. As a result, the background looks softer and the subject sharper and more vivid. If there are highlights in the background, they will take on the shape of the lens’s aperture. Most often these “specular highlights” are circles, sometimes hexagonals." - taken from

When I started my photography journey two years ago , Bokeh was one of the topic I learnt.  I knew I would love to learn more and improved on it.  I know I still have lots to learn and I also know that photography is my second love after cooking and baking :)  This photo was taken handheld with my Nikon D7000 with Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC lens of my mini hibiscus with the Bokeh effect in the background. I am happy with this shot though it may not be a winning one :)  This just shows that with perseverance I can do it !


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Murraya koenigii ( Curry Tree ) And Its White Flowers

When I discovered that my curry tree is flowering for the first time, I could not help but to take a picture of it.  With my Nikon and close up lens attached in hand, I started clicking away and have forgotten that it is hard to take a sharp picture especially when the wind is strong and the sky is dark and the bunch of flowers were dancing to the wind BUT to me it is a CHALLENGE . Though the picture is not a perfect one, I am pleased with it.  Shutter speed setting is important and Aperture and ISO all must be taken into consideration to capture a great shot.  I will not give day I will be good :p  My husband , my 2 sons and my 2 daughters are my encouragement . Even if the picture is far from good, they are still supportive :)  I thank God for giving me a supportive family.  It means the world to me .

My curry tree  also known as Murraya koenigii has its first flowers.   These white flowers can self pollinate to produce small shiny black berries containing a single large viable seed.  Though the berry pulp is edible - with a sweet but medicinal flavor, in general neither the pulp or the seed is used in culinary purposes.   Its leaves are used in many dishes in India, Sri Langka and neighbouring countries.  Often used in curries and other dishes.  The leaves are generally called curry leaves or sweet neem leaves as in the Indian language.  Seeds must be ripe and fresh to plant; dried or shriveled fruits are not viable. One can plant the whole fruit, but it is best to remove the pulp before planting in potting mix that is kept moist but not wet. Stem cuttings can be also used for propagation. 

  taken with Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens 
with close up lens attached
Condition :Dark Cloud, Strong Wind 
Setting :ISO400, 1/400 sec
f 3.2 - natural lighting
 Maybe I should increase the shutter speed to 1/800
since the wind is strong and the object is
dancing vigorously :p

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

28-Spotted Potato Ladybird Beetle - Larvae Stage

Oh gosh....I spotted these yellow larvae under the bitter gourd leaves. Not knowing what larvae are these, I quickly googled and found that are spotted potato ladybird larvae.  They are considered as pests on agricultural crops such potatoes, radishes , pumpkin, turnips ,spinach and beans.  The adults feed on the upper surface of leaves and the larvae feed on the bottom surface of leaves.  Not  good news for home gardener like me :p . Now I know why my bitter gourd leaves are turning brown . For the time being they are good photography subject for I will allow them to feed on my bitter gourd leaves for a while :p It is kind of cruel to kill them...right ?   Click here for more information

the larvae stay on under the underside of leaves

managed to get a close up..they are very tiny actually
the siblings stay close to each other :)

I love their color at this stage, later days their color will change to
black and orange

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Leafhopper ( family Cicadellidae ) Mating?

There are lots of things to see and observe in my lil space where I planted lots of plants and edibles.  Was looking through my plants for pests and found this leaf hoppers together, either they are courting or about to mate :p  Could not resist  and I took a close up picture of them together on my cotton plant stem. Love the color of the rhubarb.  They are considered pests to my plants but I allowed them to dwell in my garden. They bred fast and in no time I see my cotton plants full of them. They are very tiny and not noticeable unless you really hunt them down.  They are great subjects for my photography lesson :)

The leafhoppers were great friends until this orange insect (not sure whether it is the baby leafhopper) came along and separated them. What a nuisance ! After a while the orange insect flew off and the two leaf hoppers continues their courting LOL! Lots to see through the close up lens and my photography lessons continues :)

love the color of the cotton plant stem...reminds me of Rhubarb

and their courtship continues now going the other direction LOL

love the shallow depth of field here

this is not picture perfect but I somehow love the background :p

Joe's Lastest Addition To His Music Studio

It is hard not to find a Midi Keyboard Controller in my friend Joe's music studio. He keeps adding music instruments and accessories to his band.  I am amazed at his craze for music instruments and accessories. I guess he spend most of his income on musical instruments.  Oh well, since his children are all married, no financial commitment , I guess he has extra for his hobbies. And one of them is music. He has a band and he performs in hotels .  He and his band are always invited to performed for private functions and he is quite popular among our age group that is those above 50's . Hubby and I love to hear him sings Elvis's songs.  And he has a fantastic voice. During one of our meet up, we used to meet up for midnight supper after his performance, I asked him where he gets his music gadgets from and he told us that he usually buy online and sometimes he gets free shipping . His lastest addition is a Midi Keyboard Controller and he got if from best midi keyboard at   and you can check out more music gadgets from their official website . We enjoyed Joe's company very much as he is a great entertainer. He is a clown at times as he makes us laugh the whole night long whenever we are with him. He talks non stop from fishing to music stuff. We love this guy to bits and we are very blessed to have him as our friend :)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Close Up Shots Of Insect Camouflage On A Flower Bud

I have not been playing with my DSLR for quite some time...just very busy with stuff and today, I just wanna share some of the beautiful sights that I am lucky to have capture through the close up lens. I am not able to indentify the insect at the moment but once I get its name, I will update here for your information. The beautiful part is how it camouflaged itself on the bud which is about to bloom in a day's time. Color is almost the same as the petals of the bud. I find it most exciting and in awe at how great our God is.  Love this picture much even though it might not be a prize winning picture but it shows me an insight on how the insect can camouflage itself so well.  If not for the close-up lens I would have missed this beautiful sight :) My main intention was to take a close up pic of the flower bud .  Texture of the petal is clearly captured and the fine hairs at the base of the bud too.  I am  still playing with the Depth Of Field (DOF) - ( the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that give an image judged to be in focus in a camera ) I hope my photography has improved since I took up this hobby :)  I have all the mentors who have been with me through out this journey :) the constant lecturing and tutoring to thank for. Without them I would not have any knowledge of photography.  I know I have still a long way to go but the distance is shorter by the day :)

I purposely set it to have a blur background which
 photographer called it swallow depth of field

see how well it camouflages itself on the flower bud

The awesomeness of God is shown here :)

I Drool Over This Accoustic Bass Guitar

When I saw this beauty, I could only drool for a minute :) My son would love this electric acoustic bass guitar.  And the newest version (3rd edition has some important upgrades - upgrade from the active amplication system to a Fishman MKAB system, the first pre-amp optimized for acoustic bass. Features  real quilt maple wood on the body and the tone of the maple is brighter, more focused and has added projection. Has hand scalloped bracing, double adjustable truss rod and dual graphite reinforcement rods for added neck stability and longevity. Mind you, it has a 34" scale for the perfect string response and the amazing thing is you get a vine style look and has accented inlay that adorns the fingerboard which is made from real abalone and pearl for the ultimate in instrument extravagance . What a beauty !  And the best best thing is , the price is affordable ! If you have intention to change   You can check it out at acoustic bass .

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Collection Of Precious Water Gem

People collect precious knick knacks for their homes but I collect water gems through my Nikon D7000 with the Sigma 30mm f1.4  :) Sound uninteresting? But to me, water droplets or I named them water gems are interesting if captured with a sparkle.  As shown in the photo above, there was a streak of sunlight caught at the corner of the water droplet which gives it its sparkle. With the right setting and the right angle where the sunlight shines at the right spot, I managed to bring this water droplet to sparkle like a precious gem.  My beautiful priceless water gem found on the stem of a leaf giving me the greatest pleasure ever.  My photography learning journey has given me great pleasure.  Seeing things the naked eyes sometimes can't capture brings me happiness :)  Sharing a collection of  my precious water gem with you guys and hope you too will be inspired by my photography and be able to look at God's creation in an appreciative way.  God bless  you for taking time to  read this post and do come back for more beautiful photos taken by me  which I will be sharing in the coming days.

If you have missed out some of my collection on water gem posts, here is a list that you can click on to see my collections:

Water Gems Taken With My New Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens
My Collection Of Water Gems

Refraction Inside Water Droplets

 My Dazzling Water Diamonds

a water gem so precious with its sparkle
worthless !

Collecting Knick Knacks Is A Time Honored Hobby

Knick knacks, trinkets, baubles, curios. These are just a few names for objects that have no intrinsic value, but that nonetheless have sentimental value to people. Not only do people gravitate to these supposedly “useless” items, some even collect them. Collecting is a time honored hobby, and common collectibles are stamps, coins, action figures, and I ,myself, even collect bottle caps. Collecting things likely feeds the primal instinct in us to hoard food for survival, or it may have to do with our yearning for exploration or knowledge. What we can all agree on is that collecting things makes us feel good. If becoming a collector sounds interesting to you, here are a few examples of collectibles to get you started.

As previously stated people love collecting stamps and coins. The reason for this, besides the fact that coins are a unit of currency, is that stamps and coins are snapshots of a certain point in time. Coin collectors like to collect limited edition coins, for example, because these coins were minted in small numbers and few exist, so they exist as a reminder of the time in which they were minted. Similarly, stamps come in a wide variety of designs, none of which are made in perpetuity, so each design is only manufactured so many times. People collect these unique designs as sort of a reminder of the past.

Another common type of collection is of certain apparel, such as shoes and hats. While I can’t say what it is, specifically, about these items that their collectors value, that’s part of what collecting things is all about. It’s about collecting something you find interesting, whether or not it’s valued by the masses. For example, my collection of bottle caps would be considered litter-al garbage (get it?) by most, but I like them, so I hang on to them. If you’re the kind of person that likes hats and wants to start a collection, or you want to college sports memorabilia, <a href=””> Lids </a> has got you covered.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sigma 30mm f1.4 With Raynox dcr 250 Close-Up Lens Attached - House Fly Mating

I have been playing with the Sigma  30mm f 1.4 lens and trying my level best to improve my photography skill.  As the saying goes, practice makes perfect and finally I managed to get a good one and guess what? This pair of house flies became the subject for my photography lesson . Of course they are mating and this is nature okay :)   I am happy with this shot err...not up to standard yet but I believe they are good for an amateur like me :p  . I have the Raynox dcr-250 lens attached to the Sigma 30mm f 1.4 lens on my D7000 Nikon.  I managed to get a shallow depth of field and the sharpness of my subject. I am proud of myself because this picture is taken handheld. Hand is still quite steady.  Rest assured I will get there soon.  This is a promise I made to myself two years ago when I first bought the Nikon D3200 now using NikonD7000.

There are a couple of common houseflies in my lil space I guess they like to mate on my plants, I don't know why but I read from a forum whereby this participant posted this.....
excerpt taken from here

"Okay, I've been watching these little guys like a hawk. I'm almost 100% positive that these flies are eating the trichomes. I was just in the grow room and there were 3 flies just chilling on the sugar leafs and I watched one with his little tongue gliding over the trichomes. They are not doing any damage to the leafs BUT where I've seen them sitting, those spots have less trichomes "

 Be fruitful and multiply...this is not address to man and woman
but to the insects and animals too :)

Note : the life span of a male housefly is 28 days
and female housefly is 42 -56 days

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bulbul Birds Have Great Team Work Qualities

 Excerpts taken from here

The yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in southeast Asia from southern Thailand and Cambodia south to Borneo and the Philippines. It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. It is one of the most common birds in cultivated areas. They appear to be nomadic, roaming from place to place regularly.

The yellow-vented bulbul builds a well-camouflaged but fragile, loose, deep, cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, and twigs. The nest is untidy on the outside, but it is neatly lined with plant fibers. It may be built in a wide range of places from low bushes to high trees. This is a species adapted to humans and may even nest in gardens. The yellow-vented bulbul lays 2–5 eggs in February to June. The yellow-vented bulbuls eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

Recently, a pair of bulbul birds built their nest on my bamboo plant.  I have lost count as to how many pairs have come to build their nest in my garden. This pair may be the 8th pair thus far BUT they are the first pair for 2017.  They possess great teamwork qualities which greatly amazes me. From building the nest to hatching the eggs, to feeding the nestlings, they really worked non-stop..taking turns to feed the nestlings after they were hatched. Married couples should look upon these bulbul birds as role models for great team work and success !

The moment they have decided which part of the bamboo plant to build the nest, they will be flying in and out of the porch ,where my bamboo plant is , carrying twigs in their beaks to start building the framework for their nest.  Amazing, how they can build a nest in two days.  Here are some pictures I took to show the success of a great team work!

 their nest is untidy on the outside but the inside is neatly lined with plant fiber

this love birds will take turns to warm the eggs
which two numbers each time

by the end of two weeks , the nestlings were hatched and
these are more than 5 days old chicks :)

waiting for the parents to feed them with worms

when they are not feeding the chicks, they were seen perched on the gate,
guarding their chicks from afar and having some loving moments together

under the tender loving care of the parents , the chicks soon learns to
fly....the act is amazing and I was there to watch the whole process
the parents will be tweeting and making a lot of noise to encourage
the chick to fly and the mother bird will show the chick how
to is indeed a joy to witness the chicks taking their first flight :)

 first flight is not smooth, the chick landed on my rangoon creeper
the mother bird will tweet even louder ....encouraging the chick
to try flying again...its like telling her chick not to give up
and finally , the chick manages to fly off and join the parents
and the happy family flew off....the sky is the limit

A beautiful sight to witness......I guess the parents will still be
teaching the chicks how to look for worms and teaching them
about survival :)

Are You Looking For Dynamic Microphones?

Our friend Joe has taken an interest in playing the harmonica. It is easy to play and it is quite cool to watch him play the harmonica besides the keyboard.  Joe is not only a talented singer, he plays musical instruments well too.  His recent addiction is playing the harmonica.  Now he is looking for a dynamic microphone  for his harmonica . He is going to play songs with his harmonica during his performance at the hotel which he is contracted to sing for the whole of 2017.  Something new for him and I am sure the patrons will be happy with his perfomances.  Everyone will be looking for something new and with a dynamic microphone, he will bring out the music to an even greater level.

He googled and found this Shaker Madcat Harmonica Microphone which has fantastic features such as :-
-  exremely easy to hold
-  highly feedback resistant
-  technique senstive
-  wide frequency range, full fidelity reproduction
-  handmade in Arkansas, USA
-  microphone body and grill made of special high strength thermo resin compound
-  has a 42" cord with belt clip adapter
-  wireless system compatible
- has  GNS technology (Good Noise Sampling )
-  great with all genres of music ( blues to bluegrass to Bach, heavy metal to rock )
- weigh 3.5 oz

He loves the color of this Shaker Microphone and he can't wait for it arrives :)

Saturday, 18 March 2017



Monday, 13 March 2017

Mating Habits Of The Common Housefly

At the age of almost touching 60, I find I still need to learn more as the days pass by :)  I was in my lil space looking for insects to practice my photography skill and found this pair mating :p   I  became an unintentional peeping tom and this is what I captured on my camera  LOL !

Mating Habits Of The Common Housefly - excerpts taken from here
Houseflies live only 15 to 30 days, but they devote a significant portion of those days to reproduction. Mating starts with a short courtship process initiated by the male. After the female’s eggs are fertilized, she flies off in search of the nearest pile of smelly manure or garbage and lays her eggs.

 Finding Ms. Right

The male is in charge of housefly courtship. He identifies available females by the pheromones they produce. A pheromone is a chemical signal, in this case one that lets the male know a female fly is sexually mature and ready to mate. The male isn’t very subtle when he shows his interest. He bumps into the object of his affection when she’s flying, although mating takes place on the ground or another stable surface. If both flies are already on a stable surface, the male jumps on top of the female. The male shows his intentions by spreading the female’s wings and touching or lapping her head. If the female isn’t interested, she flies away or shakes the male off her body.

Mating Basics
If a female fly wants to mate, she puts her ovipositor inside the male fly’s genital opening, located at the bottom of his abdomen. The ovipositor is a long thin tube that extends from the end of the female’s abdomen. When she isn’t mating or laying eggs, the ovipositor stays hidden. Once the ovipositor is in place, the male releases sperm, which travel through the female’s reproductive tract to fertilize her eggs. The entire mating process lasts from 30 minutes to two hours, notes Animal Diversity Web.

The Bigger the Better
Females usually mate only once, while males mate with many females. Males have definite preferences when they choose females. Researchers at Chungnam National University studied housefly courtship and mating practices and discovered that males preferred to mate with large 7-day-old females. It might sound as if finding a female would be an easy task, but some males mistakenly target other males or even inanimate objects. This can happen because some females don’t produce high levels of pheromones and males can confuse small dark objects for other flies.

From Egg to Fly

The female uses her ovipositor to make a hole in the manure, garbage or other decaying material she has selected and releases her fertilized eggs. She expels up to 150 eggs at one time and can lay 500 over the course of three or four days. Eggs hatch into wormlike larvae, commonly called maggots, eight to 24 hours after they’re laid. The maggots feed on the manure, garbage or other organic material for about five days, and then form pupae, hard shells that protect them as they transform into mature flies. After four days an adult housefly emerges from each pupa. The young flies begin mating just one to two days later.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Common Garden Spider

 This garden spider has a nice lobster color. I have yet to find the scientific name for this specie of spider...very tiny and quite adorable.  I took this shot with the Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC lens with Raynox dcr 250 close-up len attached.  Still lots to learn on handling the camera ,in order to capture a good picture, I need more practices.  This little fellow is moving fast. I need to set shutter speed to a bigger number in order to get a sharper image of the spider I guess :p

Happy International Women's Day to all

After the rain, I went out to my lil' space and I saw this beautiful moth resting on my Rangoon Creeper. Love its simplicity, trusting its surrounding...taking in the fresh air...I wish I could be like it...simple, humble and graceful :) Thank you God for making this beautiful moth for my lil' space.

Happy International Women's Day to all :)
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