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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beasts, Bugs and Butterflies




Hello from sunny Australia again. Couldn't resist snapping these kangaroos up at church this morning. The tall one would be nearly as tall as I am as it stands upright looking at me (I'm a safe distance back, zoomed in).




I just love it's beautiful big eyes. Here we are cropped right in so the definition isn't the best but check out those eyes and lashes!




On to the recently found bugs in our garden now. If you're not a fan of bugs, scroll down over the next few photos with one eye shut ;)

From what I can gather these may all be differing varieties and/or stages of growth of stink/citrus bugs. If anyone can enlighten me that would be great.







The bodies on each of the three above is about 3cm (1 1/2inches) long.




This one is much smaller with a body about 1 1/2cm (under an inch) long.




This is one of the Bronze Orange Bugs which are still living around and on our old cumquat trees.




Ok, enough beastly bugs. Here's a Scotch Thistle (a weed) in flower in the garden. Quite pretty to look at but not to touch!




Last but not least, a couple of little butterflies.




This one is quite tiny and appears as a grey blur while flitting around. I was thrilled to catch it feasting on a daisy yesterday. Quite sweet isn't it.

Hope you all have a wonderful day/evening!
Karen

Sharing at Shoot.Edit.Submit (chosen as a Top 5 Winner), Look Whooooo's Snapping.


53 comments:

eileeninmd said...

WOW, gorgeous images and flowers. The kangaroos are cute and cool critters. The stink bugs look similar to the ones I am seeing here. The last shot of the butterfly on the flowers is just awesome. Great captures.

The Nature Jotter said...

Amazing photos!!
I love kangaroos and hope to see one of it one day!
Thank you for sharing! :)

Giga said...

Czekałam już od dawno na zdjęcie kangurów u Ciebie i się doczekałam i dziękuję za ich śliczne zdjęcia :-). Pozostałe też są piękne oczywiście , a ostatnie urocze. Pozdrawiam. *** I waited a long time already on the photo for you and kangaroos to survive until and thank you for the beautiful pictures :-). Others too are beautiful, of course, and the last delightful. Yours.

Ruby said...

The photos are excellent although I'm not a fan of the bugs. Cheers!

Veronica said...

I love Australia, I have relatives living there in Victoria, I could never travel to visit them to reconnect with them, I hope someday hacerlo.mientras visited your blog and so I can enjoy your beautiful pictures thanks for bringing your landscape to my hogar.No speak English I put a translator for this story have a good day. Vero

marijke said...

I love they eyes of the kangaroo too.
All your photograps ar gorgeous.
Have a lovely sunday
Marijke

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Whoa! Fabulous images as always. Can't stand bugs, but I love macro insect photography. Go figure... Anyway, great shots of the kangaroos. I'd love to have those lashes. :)

Kateri said...

Oh, gosh, so amazing to see photos of kangaroos that you just took this morning. she does look very sweet. And that last butterfly photo is so perfect...

Tammy said...

wow, that last shot is spectacular.

The roos are adorable. I haven't been to Austrailia. I suspect spotting them is much like our white tail deer.

Jeanne said...

Love that tiny butterfly on the flower. Perfect focus!!! What an accomplishment to get this. It is also never failing to amaze me to see these lovely kangaroos just "hanging about" Have never lived in a place to see something like this so easy to photograph. They don't really seem to be afraid at all, or mind you doing photos. We have deer around our mountain home, but certainly would not like being photographed. So fascinating! Thanks for sharing

May said...

Kangas at church?? how cool is that!!!
I love the sight of butterflies flying around gardens!! They add to the charm of a pretty colorful garden.

tinajo said...

Oh, kangaroos - they look so lovely (though I understand that they can kick real hard too)! :-)

Angie said...

Oomph!! How SWEET is that kangaroo?! Awwww... :)

As always, such lovely images you've captred, Karen. Your butterflies are brilliant. :)

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures! I do love the kangaroos and the close-up is terrific! What beautiful eyes! Wow! And your bugs are even pretty! Lovely flowers and the butterfly in the last shot is so delightful! You are so good with the camera! Thank you for sharing the beauty!

Sylvia

Talibra said...

Kangury rewelacyjne, motyle też :)
Pozdrawiam.

Isabelle said...

the kangaroos seem so friendly; it must be great to see them bouncing around! beautiful photographs

Deanna said...

Oh thanks for sharing your kangaroo pics...and you are right, beautiful eyes. And what wonderful images of the "bugs & blooms".

Marty said...

wonderful macro shots ! love all of them ! so beautiful ! kangaroos great shots too ! it's really nice to visit you and your country !
wish you a lovely next week

fudelchen said...

Wunderschöne Naturbilder zeigst du immer, ich mag das sehr.

Herzlichst ♥ Marianne

Tezzie said...

Wow...even your BUGS are beautiful! And, that kangaroo photo is like something out of a fairy tale...gorgeous!

Filip Demuinck said...

Beautiful pictures, you are saying that you are on a safe distance? Are these kangoroes dangerous?

Greetings,
Filip

Karin M. said...

Such a gorgeous photo series ... a photo is more beautiful than the other, I'm thrilled.
Greetings Karin

Gemel said...

I love sitting and watching bugs too, nature never ceases to amaze me with the delicate folk who live beside us.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Hi Filip,

Yes, kangaroos can be dangerous. Usually they will jump away as you come closer but people have been attacked/jumped on and scratched by them in other places. They are wild animals and can be territorial. A large kangaroo can be as tall as 2m/6foot and weigh 95kg/200lb. Their legs are very powerful. Generally not to be feared but treated with respect.

Sometimes they can be very dangerous on our roads too. You don't want to hit something so large while travelling at any speed.

Linda R. said...

What great shots of those kangaroos. I love those eyelashes. And of course once again your buggy shots look amazing.

Hugs, Linda

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Wow! They are all great images.

Seeing Each Day said...

Especially love your shot of the thistle - so clear and colourful. I'm thinking your next project could be to make a booklet of all your butterfly captures, there's been some really outstanding ones, like your last one here (can't believe how clear you've captured the antennas!) and also of the blue triangle one the other day.

Saun said...

Kangaroos lucky you great shots even the bugs yuck not big on bugs. but they make great photos :)

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Wish I could take pics of kangaroos!! Jealous:)

Robyn said...

Yes they can be quite intimidating close-up. Trust me. Wonder what happened to it's ear? Poor thing.

LadyD said...

Breath-taking photos. How blessed you are, living in a beautiful place. How lucky for us, you capture them well. Thanks for sharing. I love these!

thefisherlady said...

Karen! your story and photos were all great and I love bugs so I didn't have to close my eyes... however that last one simply took my breath away... award winning photo in every way!

Ruth B. said...

Beautiful photos.

Dave said...

Great photos again POC. That kangaroo looks appealing with those eyelashes and face. Good to look at but not to be near I would imagine? - Dave

CameraCruise said...

Gorgeous photos!
Love the kangaroo, what a beauty!
Wish you a beautiful day.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I have just returned from the wild, woolly and less that wonderful world of wireless only internet - so now I'm catching up.

Great pictures – I always like a bit of a backyard safari – it’s amazing what you can find.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Wenche said...

Lovely pictures, like the kenguruus shots a lot ;0) Thinking of australia trip in our holiday this summer your winter..;0)

My Beautiful World said...

Oh how I have missed our visits your photos are just stunning my friend, things slow down here now with school back so I hope to visit again more often as I can see I have so much beauty to catch up on. Hope you have a lovely day dear friend.

Always Wendy

momto8 said...

wow..everything looks REAL!

Valerie said...

Exquisite captures, Karen. What a delightful setting you appear to have for your church services, and those macro shots are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Juliana said...

Wow! fresh wind of summer!
Thanks for sharing!

Rambling Tart said...

How I love all these beasties!! :-) They make my heart swell with happiness and gratitude that there is so much beauty in this world. :-)

Kala said...

What a FANTASTIC series of images. The kangaroos have stolen my heart.

geanina said...

I love they eyes of the kangaroo :). great work!

Liz said...

WOW Karen! Your blog is always such a joy to visit. You have a great series here. Love the kangaroo and those bugs and butterflies - beautiful. I agree with "Seeing Each Day", you should compile all your butterflies. They are amazing!

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, love the close up of the kangaroo showing the eyes and eyelashes. I went rather quickly through the bugs and then lingered on the flowers and butterflies at the end which are beautiful. Thank you for sending the sunshine our way.

Naomi said...

We see Kangaroos when we drive into church as well and the kids totally love it. I love it as well. Great images. N x

Bec said...

Umm, WOW!

Breena said...

OH WOW!! Just amazing! Very lovely, as usual. I'm really loving the colors too. Thanks so much for sharing at "Life as this Mommy knows It"!

Em S said...

Awesome photos! I couldn't imagine having kangaroos hanging out in my backyard. LOVE the last photo...amazing clarity!

Kim Stevens said...

Oh, for me living in the states thos kangaroo pics are so cool, and yes what beautiful eyes!

But, your last one, the butterfly is just perfect, I love it! And I love photographing that flower too.

Jeanne said...

Love that scotch thistle, and also your last photo. Just voted for you for first choice of the month. Have a great day! Enjoy those "roos" for me.

Kim said...

You did it again, you have me glued to my computer screen.
You had me with the red kangaroos, but then you added bugs and flowers. Superb. Truly a fabulous job!!!

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