Looking, not seeing

by Brian Scott July. 17, 2021 303 views

How often do you go out with your gear with a specific style, subject area or topic in mind?

I have a favourite area for birds, wildlife, nature and it's quite secluded and quiet to most of the humans in this area, which is nice, although, recently, due to our current circumstances I guess, it has grown slowly busier, not always for the good.

I set out a week or two ago, with my macro lens fitted because there are lots of beautiful plants or weeds around and I like to get in close now and again.

Bindweed

Bindweed

Hedge bindweed is a rhizomatous and stoloniferous perennial with long climbing stems that clamber up and over hedges. It is often a weed of gardens where it climbs over fruit trees, vegetable crops and herbaceous plants. It twines anti-clockwise. Three subspecies are recognised in Britain.

www.gardenorganic.org.uk

A whatmatous? Anyway, it's a beautiful flower, with beautiful shapes and designs

Bindweed and .....

Bindweed and .....

So, with lots of Bindweed around, still fairly early so, nice dewdrops and light, I set about grabbing shots, looking for something ...... interesting? Different?

So, it's only after looking at the back of the camera that I spotted a little added bonus on this one.

Shield bug on Bindweed

Shield bug on Bindweed

Woodland Trust UK

I find shield bugs fascinating, I've only seen a few and been lucky enough to spot a few young ones now and again.

Common green shieldbug (Palomena prasina)?

Common green shieldbug (Palomena prasina)?

So a happy chappy but, I really must carry the tripod, take more time .....

Still had the most pleasant hour or two, or three? Drifting around a silent green space, surrounded by nature.

More to follow from this same morning on Penrhos Yard

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Linda Patki 2 months, 1 week ago

Jeez, I went out looking for the same things today, doing the whole garden thing. We have a beautiful space called the Music Garden next door and because it was cloudy and rainy I had a lot of it to myself. But you got better bugs than me.  I've never heard of a shieldbug!  Very nice photos and good captions.

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Brian Scott Replied to Linda Patki 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you grinning I usually just go out without a plan so, for me to set out for macro only was quite unusual but, I loved it

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Brian Scott Replied to Linda Patki 2 months, 1 week ago

I was lucky enough to get to your area a few years ago. Have you been to or heard of Cootes Paradise? Wonderful bugs, butterflies, birds and nature there, I wish I could have spent a lot of time there

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John Durham 2 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful shots, Brian. Nice to have such a place to walk about. I don't often see insects, either, until I review my shots. That looks like what we call here a stinkbug - birds leave them alone because of the noxious fluids produced when crushed. They're a serious crop pest in many areas of the Southeast. But your shield bugs are, apparently, a slightly different species and not a crop pest.

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Brian Scott Replied to John Durham 2 months, 1 week ago

I have a feeling that some of these give out a scent if threatened 🤔👍

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Adrian Morris 2 months, 1 week ago

Great pictures. I've got a similar picture of bindweed ready to put up. I think it is a different species of the plant.

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Brian Scott Replied to Adrian Morris 2 months, 1 week ago

Hi Adrian, I've noticed there does seem to be a couple of different ones around. Beautiful shapes in them

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