We took a walk down the Flitch Way this afternoon, starting in Little Dunmow walking down to the edge of Great Dunmow and then completing a circle back to Little Dunmow. After being deluged by a short, sharp shower we came across this female Migarnt Hawker Dragonfly.

It was a lovely sunny afternoon today so I went off to one of my favourite spots Damselfly spotting with my new macro lens over in Little Bardfield. I found a small number of damselflys but also found lots of other bugs to photograph including this rather unpleasant looking drone fly.

But, best of all was the following chap – the perfectly named Oedemera nobilis or Thick Legged Flower Beetle

Thick Legged Flower Beetle




I’m not a fan of wasps, nasty stingy things that get in your beer, but get a macro lens onto them and maybe they become things of beauty.

I love the colours on its head, I’ve never noticed reds on a wasp before, mind you, I’ve never been this close to a wasp before. This one was photographed in Chalkney Woods last Sunday.

Wasp Macro / Close Up

I am so glad I got this macro lens!

And the title…yep – another line from a favourite song (and not the band):

“We’re W.A.S.P.s, yeah, proud American sons,
We know how to clean our teeth and how to strip down a gun”

51st State – New Model Army

It’s a bit tenuous, I know! This may become an ongoing “feature”.

If you’ve ever been to Great Dunmow you’ll know that, on Doctors Pond, we don’t only have ducks, but also a flock of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). This lot make a real racket, honking away, and they do like a good hissing fight!

This shot was taken back in the beginning of February first thing in the morning, and it was cold!

Having been out looking for some butterflies to photograph with my new macro lens it was typical that, on returning home to Dunmow, we should immediately spot a Red Admiral fluttering around the back garden. Of course. as soon as it saw me with camera in hand it legged it into next doors garden! Not to worry, I was still able to get some pictures leaning over the 5 foot wall that separates our gardens.

As you can see, typical of the Red Admiral it had made for the buddleia and it very obligingly stayed there for a good 5 minutes.

Red Admiral on Buddleia Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral on Buddleia Vanessa atalanta

So I invested in a very nice new Macro lens this week – 105mm f2.8 Nikon lens so you’re going to see a few of these over the weeks to come 😉

This is a hoverfly in the back garden in Great Dunmow – my macro technique needs perfecting, but we’ll get there!

Hoverfly on Lavender

Before I took up photography I wouldn’t have a clue what the following creature was – indeed – I’d probably have grimaced and wafted it away. Finding these is reasonably easy if you know where to look – photographing them is a little more tricky!

This specimen was taken by a pond in Little Bardfield.

In this post one duck actually, a female mallard who allowed me to photograph her earlier this year. It wasn’t my intention to use this image today, but a friend of mine saw a print of the picture and loved it and I know he was trying to find a copy of it on Flickr – well Mick, in case you’re still looking – here you go.