“A camera is a Save button for the mind’s eye!” – Roger Kingston.
This weekend the photo challenge over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is is Close, and we wondered which definition of the word the participants in the challenge would choose. As for me… see for yourself!
My first offering is a Close-up of a very pretty Dahlia from a pot on the upstairs balcony.
I used my long lens, and the Macro setting, which is something I’ve not been successful with before, but following a discussion with Brian at Bushboy’s World I finally managed a fairly decent shot and all thanks to his good advice!
I wanted to capture a bee, but you know what bees are like, far too busy to hang around and wait for me to get focused!
Close-ups can be deceiving – My house is set well back from the narrow lane, but this zoomed in shot taken from the top of the house (no not the roof) looks as though we’re much nearer the lane than we are.
Not showing up on this far distant view of upper Wharfedale, is how high up we are. Just beyond the far fence is a hillside, a mile or two long that leads down to the out of sight Wharfe Valley and the fast-flowing River Wharfe. Also hidden is the equally long climb up the other side into the Dales beyond. Like I said close-ups can be deceiving!
The other day I wandered up the lane to visit the Mares and foals that were grazing in the fields opposite mine. I managed to get very close to one mare because she was stood next the fence, a zoom lens wasn’t required here so I used my phone camera, the mare continued eating and quite rudely ignored me. Next time I’ll take a carrot, that usually works.
The half a dozen foals are now at the leggy stage, but whenever I walk past they are always at the opposite end of the field. Today though, because I had my camera and long lens with me, I was able to zoom in and get a closer look at these two nuzzlers.
As I walked back down my driveway, I stopped for a few moments to watch the cattle grazing, and one obliging youngster trotted over to get a close look at me.
A few days ago, I was amused to see the cheeky little calf on the left once again helping herself to someone else’s milk supply! I’ve been keeping a close eye on this calf since the last time I saw her do this, I was worried her mother was no longer feeding her. My concerns were needless as it seems she is indeed still being fed by her mum!
Earlier this week before the weather changed again we had a few warm, sunny days, so one morning I dragged my lazy self from my bed and took my second coffee out onto the balcony and watched the cattle basking in the morning sunshine.
My camera was already upstairs, and I couldn’t resist zooming in for a closer shot of this small group. Lawrence the bull when lying next to the little brown calf and her mother, manages to make them look like a proper little family. The other bull, Hawaii Five -O, having done his duty with the young maidens, has returned to Richard’s farm to service another group of females. Lawrence is here to get up close and personal with the cows that have calves.
Cows normally give birth every 12-14 months after an approximate gestation period of ten months. The young female calves that are here now could quite possibly be here again next year as young maidens waiting for the bull, which means they will be around two years old when they give birth.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Close from Weekly Prompts.