Posts Tagged ‘Macro photography’

It’s been a hot and buggy summer, I mean hot and muggy!  Well actually, it was a little buggy too.  Murray with his macro lens in hand, gave us some very up close and personal photos of bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and a veritable bouquet of buds, blooms and blossoms.  Through his eyes and the eye of the camera, we saw the hair (?) on the legs of the black wasp, the pollen sacs of a bee and the lacy lines nature etched on the wings of a fly and butterflies.

Recently Murray visited Central Park and got some great shots of a turtle and a water lilly.

Central Park, turtle, lilly pad

"Ah, here I am "


"Mmmm pretty but a bit slippery"


"Just another day at the beach for me"


Where did he go?


"Here I am"

Photos courtesy of Murray Head


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macro photography, Murray Head

Smiling Right Back At Ya!

macro photography, Murray Head,

Layin' Low

Murray Head, fly

"You talkin' to me"?

Photos courtesy of Murray Head

Have you EVER seen such amazing photographs of a fly?  These macro shots of insects are so revealing and intimate and I am in awe of all their little parts – NOW IF they would just stay outside and not come into my house, I would really appreciate it and not be inclined to swat one of these little living creatures.

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Just another sunny summer day, not unlike most of the rest of the past two weeks.  Blue cloudless skies and warm weather, a macro lens, and some really cute creatures make up this week’s Fab Fotos.

Black wasp, daisies

The lazy, hazy daisies of Cenral Park and a black wasp!


Such a Beautiful Bird

japanese beetle

Japanese Beetle, A Tourist, I Hope!

A Darning Needle



Oh my, what a long nose you have!

All photos courtesy of Murray Head


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I received this photo after I had already posted the other Fab Fotos taken today featuring some amazing macro lens close-ups of bees and wasps going about their business in Central Park.

This unusual picture of a wasp and spider deserves its own special place on the blog and since it didn’t make it into FAB FOTO FRIDAY, it’s now the solo star of Sunday’s Spectacular Shots.

spider, wasp

The Tale of the Spider and the Wasp

Photo by Murray Head

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With the Conservatory Gardens and the Shakespeare Gardens in full bloom in Central Park, Murray has been photographing some of the Park’s tiniest creatures and most beautiful flora.  Small as they may be, he is using a macro lens, creating Richard Avendon-like photos.

The photos are so clear and close up it’s almost like looking at them under a microscope.  I think you will enjoy this series.

bumble bee, honey bee, Shakespeare Gardens, Central Park, NYC

Mmmm. This looks like the place.

flower filament, anther, yellow tulip, Shakespeare gardens, Central Park,

Hanging On!!

anther, filament, central park, Shakespeare Gardens

Tucked In For A Nap

bumble bee, honey bee, Shakespeare Gardens

Rolling Out of Bed

Refreshed and Ready to Eat

Refreshed and Ready to Eat

bumble bee, Shakespeare Gardens

I'm Going to Love Me Some Pollen

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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It’s Sunday and FAB FOTO FRIDAY didn’t take place on time (again!) BUT YET I DO have some fantastic photos to share with everyone.  Murray, Pbenjay’s Blog’s resident photographer went to Central Park and visited The Conservatory Gardens which are located in the northern end of the park between East 104th St to 106th St.  The grand entrance to this part of Manhattan’s verdant jewel is framed by a gate which was part of the former Vanderbilt mansion that stood on present site of Bergdorf Goodman, the width of which stretched from East 57th to 58th St.  The gates, then as now, guarded the entrance to a beautiful garden.  Step into The Conservatory Gardens with me and through the magical macro lens of Murray’s camera, we’ll see Mother Nature up close and personal.

hornet, bumble bee, pink rose, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Honey Bee perched on a rose petal

butterfly, Central Park, Conservatory Garden

Madame Butterfly

bumble bee, bee, Central Park, Conservatory  Garden

Bee Cosying Up to a Yellow Flower

green fly, leaf, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Monochromatic Mother Nature

yellow-jackete wasp, flower stem

Yellow-Jacketed Wasp Scaling A Stem

snow pearl butterfly, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Snow Pearl Butterfly

lady bug, Central Park,

Lady Bug on a Leaf

Bumble bee, purple flower, rapid bee wings

Bzzz bzzz bzzz

Central Park,  hornet, bee

Hornet Wating to be Seated for Dinner

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Aren’t these just amazing pictures?  It was hard to pick just a few to show you, so I hope to be publish more in a future blog.  I tried to think of which one I liked the best and couldn’t begin to decide.  Even if I had to pick only from this bunch, I’m not sure, but I might say the Bzz Bzzz bzzz really did it for me with the wings caught in motion to the point where for a moment you think you are watching a video!! And then this last photo was just magnificent;  I had about 4 tag lines for it and couldn’t decide what sounded better.  Soooo I’m offering everyone a chance to send in a new caption for the bee inside the purple flower.  Please send as a comment to this post or send me an email.  I’ll publish the entries next week.

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