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 stem..like 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 guitarcenter.com   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 musiciansfriend.com 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=”https://www.groupon.com/coupons/stores/lids.com”> 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
SO LOVING!

























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 fly.....it 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

WHO IS A TRUE FRIEND ?



A TRUE FRIEND IS..... 
ONE WHO WON'T JUDGE YOU, 
ONE WHO WILL KEEP YOUR SECRETS A SECRET,
AND
ONE WHO WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU. 



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 :)
Follow your passion ,
It will lead you to your purpose







Tech 21 At Musician's Friend

With tech21 at MF , you can search for any products that is available on Musician's Friend website. And you can check the lastest list of musical instruments added for shipping internationally . Purchasing for musical instruments online has made it so much easier and when shipped to your destination, you can always track the item you ordered. 

Check on their hot deals online and be sure to be the early birds to grab the hot deals. For our musician friend Joe, he will make sure he is the early bird and we are not surprised whenever he show us his lastest purchase. He has no problem with their delivery system , he just have to log in to tech21 at MF  and he will be able to track for the product he wants and whether they can ship the instrument to him . Life is so much simplier with online shopping.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Random Shots I Took With My Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens






















Love the Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens lens to bits. Thank you Son for the the beautiful and expensive lens. Will treasure it till my last day :) I am enjoying the lens on the Nikon D7000 camera ...my photography journey without it is not fun ..with it, I see things in better prespective and I get to enjoy playing with the camera...the food I cook and bake turns out great with this lens. Love it ! Love the outdoor photography and I pray more insects drop by my lil space :)
























Enjoy !

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Red Dragonfly


























One morning , I was walking to the market, I saw this lil red fella resting on a steel cable by the drain. Could not resist it and took a snap shot of it. I wished I had my Nikon with me, but the phone cam will do for now :) Love the fiery red and the golden bronze transparent wings. Even though it is a common red dragonfly, I am fascinated by its size and it reminds me of God's wonderful creations.



Super Excited About These Guitar Workshop Series

It is early January 2017and guess what is in store for us music lovers !  There is a workshop series here to help us get the greatest feeling on earth! No matter what our style or instrument, there is a free guitar workshop, online class or in-store lesson taught by an expert that will help us learn more about it. Even if we do not have a guitar but would love to learn , we can get a guitar today and register for their free workshops.  It is so more fun to have group workshop than to do it yourself. We can check out the free workshop available.  My nephew and nieces would be super happy to hear this good news and I am sure they will want to register early for these workshop series.  Early bird catches the worm as the saying goes.  So check it out and register early and don't miss this great opportunity !



Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Little Helpers Came To My Lil Space Again :)

Each time the calamansi flowers starts to open up, the lil helpers never fail to drop by.  They are my lil space loyalists :)  They help to pollinate the flowers in order that I can have calamansi through out the year.  Thank you God for sending these loyal lil helpers .  I am still not good yet with the new lens but I am learning every day.  I really love the new lens I am having now.  Sigma 30mm f1.4.  Taken with the new lens with raynox closeup lens attached :p

going to land soon look at the pollens sticking to their legs

 
 hard at work :p


stingless bee really really hard at work :)