The First Shall Be Last

I took these photos on my short exercise stroll up the road in the late afternoon. These lovely asters have been stunning although they’re a wee bit past their best now and got knocked around by rough weather on Tuesday. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

It was the perfect opportunity for more practice with the Panasonic Lumix that I bought on Boxing Day this year. I left it on the auto setting as I haven’t got around to learning anything manual yet. Only cropped and resized – no other editing.

I’ve put my favourite image last hence my title for this post 🙂

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My favourite because I love the detail of the wing edges …


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. This is a very special post to me. That is because of the Bumblebees which are Benjamin’s, formerly called “Be-N-Ja-Min” by himself thanks to “My Jodi”, favorite bee. He spent so much time last Spring and Summer trying to get close enough to them to see their pollen baskets as they quickly moved from flower to flower in my garden. Sadly, we cannot enjoy that together this year. I did, just as Benjamin would surely make me do, enlarge the photos. He would be looking for all the minute details of each bee and that is exactly what I did too. I notice that the last Bumblebee has tattered edges on the wings. Benjamin taught me well! I do not have asters, but remember them well as they flourished beautifully in the many gardens that my Gram kept. Bee-utiful photos! Stay well and safe! Thank-you!

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    1. Great to hear from you again Ellen and I hope you’re keeping well. Bumblebees are wonderful little creatures – some of them are pretty big! Nigel and I are doing fine and I hope you stay well throughout the current ordeal. Much love from Liz xx


    1. You are very kind, thank you Ellen. I also used the new camera for some of the photos taken when we did our trip into Central Otago on Sunday but haven’t posted them yet. We both took lots of photos – I’m swamped with so many!

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  2. The asters are lovely – I have them here too and they really keep the garden going at the end of summer. The detail of the bee in the last shot is fabulous, in both the wings and the furry body. It looks almost strokable – best not, hehe!

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