It is Christmas Eve and I am on leave, so I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for a morning macro photography session. The weather has been wet for the past few days and I am not hopeful that I will find many beetles.
Tuesday, 28 December 2021
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
I have been lazy and didn't keep up with my macro photography sessions. As I was on leave and the weather was fine and sunny, I decided to drop by Windsor Nature Park for a morning macro photography session.
When I reached the place, I was surprised that the place was crowded with joggers and hikers even though it is a weekday. It is not a good news as this means the lower chance of finding beetles due to the high foot traffic on the trails.
It has been raining for the past few days and the place is wetter than usual. With the wet weather, many types of fungi or mushrooms sprang up throughout the trail. Here's an interesting shot of one of them.
The number of beetles encountered was considerably low, possibly due to the high foot traffic and also the wet weather for the past few days. Nevertheless, it is still a good trip especially after such a long break since my last macro photography session.😀
Saturday, 12 June 2021
This is the follow-up of my previous blog post - Surprised Find From Changi Beach (17 Feb 2021) where I found two "unknown" larvae from the Changi Beach.
Although the anticipation of whether the larva would survive and emerge as an adult was pretty unbearable, it has been an interesting journey of rescuing two unknown beetle larvae, growing out of the larva, pupation and emerging as adult beetle. If there are other opportunities to rescue more beetle larvae in the future, I will gladly go through the journey again. 😀
Friday, 4 June 2021
My last blog post was more than a month ago, partially due to the Covid-19 measures, termed as Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), and partially due to the exceptionally warm weather that we are experiencing in Singapore. In fact, I was all ready to go for a macro photography session last week, but cancelled it last minute due to the warm weather. Although the weather was still as warm today, there was some rain in the afternoon. As such, I decided to proceed with the session with my friend HW, and go to the Mount Faber Park as previously planned.
Here's a photograph of some small mushrooms growing on a fallen log.
The trip was particularly tiring due to the unexpected "exercise" needed to get to the summit of Mount Faber Park. The number of beetles encountered during the trip was a great dismal as I was hopeful that we will be able to find a lot more beetles than this. Nevertheless, this is still a wonderful trip as I am able to test out my DIY fix to the camera problem mentioned in my previous blog post.
Lastly, I have decided to go back to my previous style of writing more for the blog post. Personally, I prefer to write more as compared to just putting the information on the beetles encountered, even though this will take a lot more time to write the post. May be I will do this for the moment while the Covid-19 pandemic is still going on.
Until my next post, stay safe and stay at home!
Saturday, 24 April 2021
It has been a while that I did any macro photography session, this is mainly due to some problems with my camera recently. Taking advantage of the fine weather, I decided to recce a part of Mount Faber Park that I saw on Google Map.
Sadly, my camera was still not working properly in that the camera was not able to detect my macro lens. Nevertheless, I decided to continue with the "default" setting of 1/200 and F-- (yes, the aperture was not set according to my selection, probably due to the problem of not able to detect the macro lens). Hopefully, I can do something to resolve the problem.
Enough of my "sorrows", but before I continue I would like to apologize for the quality of the photographs as I was not able to gauge too well the focus due to the mentioned problem. Here's an ant-mimic spider that I came across during the trip. It looked so much like the commonly encountered Golden Ant (Polyrhachis illaudata).
Although during this trip not many beetles were encountered, I am glad that the location seemed promising and I will surely go back there in the near future.