In the UK it’s the height of Summer at the moment and the hedgerows and meadows have come alive with flowers, insects and butterflies. So, on a gorgeous, sunny day I took a walk down the tow-path of the Lancaster Canal close to where I live to see what I could snap.
My close-up lens of choice these days is the Fuji 60mm. It’s not a true macro lens in that it can’t capture little critters at 1:1 magnification but you can still get close enough and with a bit of cropping it can produce great results. Fuji have recently introduced a set of extension tubes for an even closer view but I haven’t splashed the cash just yet!
My walk took in a half-mile stretch of canal and I managed to find four different butterflies, damselflies, bees and the wonderful ‘Heineken Fly’, named, would you believe because it’s snout can reach nectar that other hover-flies cannot reach – I kid you not.