Truth be told I am actually not a huge spider fan, and I know this blog and my various photo collections would make people think otherwise but I really just take photos of spiders because in certain parts outside they are somewhat in excess. Having said that some of the spiders when you see them up so close are actually quite interesting, and vary so much in terms of their size, shape, and even character to a certain extent.I decided, after taking some Microscopy photos I would see if I could find something outside to have a look at under the microscope, but in looking

I visited an open garden event on Sunday 13th of September which was fundraising for the Upper Beaconsfield Fire Brigade, another brigade of the Country Fire Authority.The event was well attended when I was there just before midday.I will process and hopefully post some more landscapes during the next few weeks but below are some of my favorite animal shots, whilst we were sitting down under a tree I heard a buzzing, and just before changing lenses I decided to take the camera and investigate.I was happy to see that the tree was in full bloom and full of Bee's, so I got out the

 My bird identification skills sometimes leave a bit to be desired, and the process typically involves me taking photos of birds adn afterwards trying to work out what the actual bird was. This is one of those cases where during a visit to the lake at Lakeside Pakenham we saw (and fed) these birds.After a bit of looking, I believe them to be Corella's which is a subgenus of Cockatoo's. The beak does not look long enough to be a long beaked Corella so i suspect it is more likely to be a little corella which is Cacatua sanguinea, if I have the ID wrong please

I am passionate about many things, and Microbiology is most definitely one of them. There is something fascinating about the world that exists right in front of us, but we are not quite able to see. Me being a passionate Nerd / Geek (not a bad thing) I actually have a microscope at home, and most recently I got an adapter to connect the Microscope to my Nikon D5300 DSLR so I am not able to try and start to capture the world I can't quite see.I made a short trip to a nearby creek, and on the advice of some I collected some scraping

The Pelican is a common sight around water, and as such I think often they are treated a bit unfairly compared to Elephants and other creatures. They do seem to survive well so that is an added bonus, plus they look unusual with the large bill and the yellow coloring around the eye. This guy is from the family Pelecanidae, the Genus Pelecanus and is species P. conspicillatusThis guy was seen at the water exhibit of the Melbourne Zoo, again with the Nikon D5300 and the Tamron 150-600mm lense, mind you it did not mind me approaching in the slightest!

The Gorilla is an animal that inspires respect, whether it is the sheer size, their strength of their behaviour I am not sure but a recent trip the the Melbourne Zoo in August was no exception. The Silverback Gorilla's had recently had a baby and as such the main viewing area was restricted but there were still points where one could see the Gorilla from afar.I brought my Nikon D5300 camera, and my Tamron 150-600mm lense with me, and because of the great focal length I got a good view of one of the Gorilla's, mind you it was a challenge to try and stop

I went through my parents garden today looking for some flowers or something to photograph, and by coincidence this Flower Spider i think (Diaea evanida) was well camouflaged within the flowers and leaves, having shown itself I decided to instead get photos of the spider, who I must say was not at all afraid of the camera / ring flash.The spider spent a significant amount of time trying to attack me and the camera, but I did get (in my view)  some great photographs before the spider was returned to the back yard.The images were taken with a Nikon D5300, a Sigma 150mm Macro and

 Developing photographic techniques can be difficult, and there are often few places at home that give a good opportunity to master techniques. A trip to the Melbourne Zoo gave some inspiration, and I came across the Mandrill.This colorful creature almost enjoyed showing off (in my opinion) and alternated between turning towards me and away from me whilst I was trying to take its photograph. I did manage to get a few shots which highlight the magnificent colours of the Mandrill's face.The images themselves were taken with a Nikon D5300, and a Tamron 150-600mm Macro.