If You Build It....

by Camellia September. 14, 2018 456 views

You know the saying: " If you build it, they will come" ? Well how about if I change that saying to " If you plant it, and neglect it, they will come." Well that is the case of my backyard. There's an apple tree (been there for ages) that no one in our household has paid much attention to. Every year it produces apples that hang on the branches for as long as they possibly can, then drop on to the ground and rot or into the pool and await to be fished out. Every year one of us grumbles about that tree and how much of a pain it is to clean up or to mow. And every year we promise ourselves we will cut it down.

Fortunately for me, who likes to shoot critters, we have yet to cut it down, and this year it has become the haven for all sorts of insects as well as butterflies. They all come and hang around with very little fear of humans (even land on humans). They fight over their spots and eat and eat for as long as they can. For me it has become an opportune time to capture their presence.

Very hard to focus the camera when it's sitting on ones leg

Very hard to focus the camera when it's sitting on ones leg

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Andi Saw 12 months ago
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Camellia Replied to Andi Saw 12 months ago

Thank you Andi, the tree stays at least for one more year :)

12 months ago Edited

#27 - what a large insect!!!! wink rabbit2 
I love your "trap" - you lured the most beautiful butterflies into it! Great shots, lot of details and just beautiful. On the other hand, I think the most interesting pictures are #11 and #25, although the wasp isn't clear and sharp in all parts (doesn't matter at all!).

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Camellia Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year ago

While standing there, sitting there, kneeling there, I was non-stop being bitten by sweat bees who were also hovering over the "trap". I really would have liked a sharper image of the wasp but I was also afraid of being stung, granted they only sting if they feel threatened but then again my presence was a threat.

Glad to see you, was kind of worried that your parents were not doing well, hence your absence.

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George Kunschman 1 year ago

#9 Wings so large compared to the size of its body. Nice job on all the critters!

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Camellia Replied to George Kunschman 1 year ago

True George, never even thought of that. Thanks :)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

#8 my fav. Good composition. Butterflies are great to photograph

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Camellia Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Truth be known Peter no composition was taken into consideration....it was a shoot, shoot,.

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Ram Ya 1 year ago

I am glad you are keeping the tree, Camellia 
"If you build it they will come" is certainly not true, it takes a bit more than that 😜.

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Camellia Replied to Ram Ya 1 year ago

Ram, I hear a voice of experience laughing

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Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Nice work!

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Camellia Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Thank you :)

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia 1 year ago

Always a pleasure!

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Pino Pino 1 year ago

Nature recognizes the value in everything... great blog... great captures...

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Please, do not cut the apple tree, otherwise we do not be able to see such beauties

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Camellia Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Well the tree showed its value this year, therefor he will stay for another year ;)

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