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The Macro World

A rather nice little trip with the London Flickr Meetups mob to the lovely Kew Gardens was yesterday’s little outing, for a bit of macro mayhem.

I like Kew, and normally organise a trip there in the summer. ‘Organise’ very much in inverted commas, for this usually consists of ‘turn up at 11am, wander around until 5pm when we’re going to the pub’. I prefer informal, me 😉

It doesn’t seem -quite- the same without the Henry Moore Sculptures from a few years back (see Here, and Here, but I still enjoy a wander in the beautifully kept gardens, exploring the flowers and wildlife.

And in this case, the butterflies. There’s some info about it Here if you’d like to go too. The live ones are at the east end of the Prince of Wales conservatory. And some sculptures too.
Like this one:

A Bug. With Water Lillies

A Bug. With Water Lillies

For once, I was organised and came equipped with my lovely little Nikon 60mm Macro lens. Which, for once, I magaed to put to good use, and got some half-way respectable macros of the butterflies, in very-very-very close up (‘macro’ to you photo-y type people) mode. And a few other things, too.

You can go view them on Flickr Here.

And there’s a few bonus butterfly shots Here, as well.

Nice to see some new faces (Andrew – I was DEAD impressed with the Technica!), as well as the usual suspects.

Oh, and did I mention the new toy?

Nikon 16-35 f/4 *grins in a ‘now-I’m-borassic-but-happy’ way*
It does this sort of thing:

Temperate House

Temperate House. In Wiiiiiiddddddeeee view

More Ecclesiastic Visiting…

Ah, a Bank Holiday weekend, the sheer bliss of no work for 3 whole days, much yayness!

And what’s this? Christ, it’s the SUN. On a Bank Holiday weekend. It’s a miracle! This calls for a day out…

And where better than to the lovely city of Salisbury on the train, to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, the city itself, and yes, you guessed it, the cathedral with it’s absolutely huge spire. It’s rather good inside as you can see from the piccy just over there. No, up THERE, not the one with the dirty great stones in it you fool! Honestly, some people…

Anyway, what a lovely day out. if a bit breezy up that spire. And I should point out the spire tour is well worth it, you get to see and learn about all sorts of interesting bits, see the bells, and squeeze on the the balconies round the spire. Your correspondent had some difficulty with the latter due to being a fat bastard slightly overcorpulent, and carrying a large rucksack filled with camera bits. (And chocolate, naturally).

And even better the Stonehenge (see below!)

tour bus stops at the railway station, so there’s not even any effort involved in getting it.
(no – The BUS, you filthy minded lot!)

Actually the day out saw -two- cathedrals, as the foundations of the old Cathedral are still on show at old Sarum. At least the foundation stones are anyway.

So that’s 19 cathedrals down*, and err, quite a lot to go. (Exeter, Birmingham, Oxford, Chester & both Liverpools need photographic evidence, so will need re-visiting, and Rochester need to be entered, not just looked at from outside Bah. So that’s only a dozen. Bugger. Some more trips for the summer, then)

* The others, for reference are Bristol, Clifton (bleugh!), Both Norwiches, Westmister, Southwalk, St. Paul’s, Canterbury, Winchester, Portsmouth, St. Albans, and York Minster. I’ve probably seen a few others (Chichester, Hereford and Coventry, for instance) but have no clear recollection of them due to being knee high to a grasshopper and and almost certainly not interested anyway at the time)