Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 06/23/2014


Photo taken on June 21, 2014


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V is for Vermin Villain

V is for Vermin Villain
I watched this beautiful ladybird beetle hunting for breakfast among the dew-covered poppy leaves one morning, and when it paused by a dewdrop, I got some pictures!

My garden has many ladybugs in it and I couldn't be happier, because these predators kill aphids and many other insects that destroy my plants!

More apologies for not being around lately. It has been a lot of work trying to keep ahead of all the animals that are trying to eat my plants, and though I am still keeping ahead of them, this has left me feeling desperate, frustrated, worried, and depressed.

The insects have all but annihilated my dozens of Zinnias which were doing so well. I have them planted in three sections of my garden and they are all just tatters now. I'm fighting back with more and more unfriendly measures as my options are taken away.

The ground squirrels are chewing and digging their way into my gardens and eating entire plants. My dill and basil are gone, and some of my beautiful and lushly growing sunflower plants. It seems that the moment I repair one hole, they've created two more. So, it's all-out war and this makes me very unhappy because I just want them to leave my gardens alone. I get it...they are oases of plants and water, and I knew there would be trouble. But I didn't realize that the ground squirrel population has exploded this year for some reason, and they are making me crazy.

However, that being said, I've got lots of things doing really well, and just wait until I get to the letter "Y"! :D

If Garden Wars isn't enough to keep me busy, there are two colonies of ants attacking our kitchen and we have been trying for about three weeks to get rid of them. They must be under the house, because perimeter ant block has zero effect on them. Whenever we take care of one spot, they find another way in. It's horrible and so annoying, especially when I think I've finally taken care of the last place of entry, and the next morning they are coming in another way. ARGH!!

I've also been busy with work, my book, and other tasks. I have surprisingly little time for my photography, and unfortunately, my zest for sharing the wonderful things I see is severely damaged with all of the frustrating situations going on. I am working on balancing everything so that I can have some happy time with photography on a regular basis! :)

Explored on June 24, 2014. Highest placement, #1.

Majka, Ramon Hierro, just"jj", Franco Guarnieri and 108 other people have particularly liked this photo


106 comments - The latest ones
Chrissy
Chrissy
Oh it is wonderfully taken. I tried so hard for capturing a ladybird in such a sharp way. Everytime the wings are sharp and the face is out of focus.
And then you got an dewdrop too. SOOOOOO GREAT pod-sister. well well well done. What will he do? Drink a little bit from the drop? Fly away when he reach the leaf edge? We have an invasion of asian ladybirds here. so the seven point ladybird is in danger. Let´s have a look what I find for V. VERY LOVELY
3 years ago.
Dave Seargeant has replied to Chrissy
Hi Chrissy, wouldn't usually comment on someone else's images, however the trick that Janet has perfected here is right macro lens with a decent wide aperture hence the F2,8 very wide and shallow, with most likely a focus point around the Ladybirds head - which is why half of its body at the rear is in the bokeh. I would even guess that the focal point is on the large white patch just above the smaller white patch on the right side of the head as we look at it - just look closely at the centre point of the in focus circular part... I might be wrong, but it looks like that.
3 years ago.
Burbujamontoro
Burbujamontoro
Preciosa Mariquita
3 years ago.
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
red warrior!
3 years ago.
Alessio Corsi
Alessio Corsi
Eccellente macro-cattura. Bravissima!!
3 years ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
Please don't worry about not coming on here so often - when you are beseiged like this with insects and animals how on earth would you find time to photograph things and then write about it.This photo above is just amazing - so crisp and fabulous colours. I could do with some ladybirds in my garden at the moment, I've just noticed some aphids on my nasturtiums and the ladybirds would have a feast with them. I have another bug or bugs eating their way through my petunias and lilies - so I go out each day and take pictures just in case the damn things eat their way through and just leave stalks. It's lovely seeing your pictures, and I must admit I'd missed seeing them, but please don't worry - you do have a busy life away from the computer thankfully. x
3 years ago.
My Awake Gottica (m.a.g)
My Awake Gottica (m.…
ohhhh :) ...she looks like trying to keep the drop close of her .....adorable !!! isn't ???
3 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Aaah Janet, you never disappoint!! Perfectly composed, perfectly detailed and gorgeous colours...............what more can we ask. Beautiful.......but a very efficient killer!

Such a shame you're having so many problems in your garden.............I can well imagine your anger and frustration! I suspect it's not in your nature to give up on it though...........
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
A cracking little shot !!!!! And don't let all the pests get you down!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
niraK68
niraK68
wow, das ist super
3 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
That's a wonderful macro capture. The ladybug alone is great. Add the drop of water and we enter WOW! territory.

Sorry to read of your pest problems. Around here, Terro liquid ant poison works wonders, at least for red ants. Until not too long ago, it contained arsenic, but that has been replaced by boric acid, making it much safer and still very effective.
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Stunning photo !

Janet.. I have lost nearly everything to bugs and gophers and drought for 3 years..... I have stopped trying. What lives lives.. what dies dies...
3 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Great shot
3 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent shot!
3 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
OHHHH!!! I love them!!! they are so nice to watch when crawling around on the search of some food!!
a wonderful closeup capture, Janet! - great dof!!
3 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
A great image! I do love ladybirds! The water drop is a bonus!
3 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
thats so beautiful Janet
wish you all the best
( will be on vacation....see you soon:)
3 years ago.
Mickey fez
Mickey fez
That is a wonderfully stunning photograph Janet
The battles with little creatures in never ending in the garden,Ladybirds as you say are a help but the more they catch the more come along
3 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Superb shot and detail, Janet. Invaluable insect for organic gardeners.
Very good photographic work!
Seen and admired in: www.ipernity.com/group/closeupandmacro/doc
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Really wonderful capture.
3 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Absolutely lovely ladybird portrait and scene ! Congrats on Explore, Janet !

P.S. But so terrible garden story.That's all I seem to know. We have the same problem with ants and snails in our garden too.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Hallo again and have a wonderful Summer time, my friend !
Enjoyed and admired in ~Painting with Mother Nature~
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in *Insect Macros**
3 years ago.
Kate
Kate
This is to acknowledge your participation in our group and it's very much appreciated. Thank you for posting this beautiful image here!

Regards, Kate

For the Cure:

Think Pink!
Breast Cancer Awareness!
3 years ago.
Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Wonderful details, excellent macro !!!!!!!!!
Think Pink
3 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
too lovely !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
Simply magnificent, Janet! Hope you are well.
A Terrific Image!!

Thanks for Posting in
The Hawk's Aerie!!
3 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Wow! Amazing macro.
3 years ago.
Indira Nair
Indira Nair
Excellent focus and DoF! Well shared info, Janet!
3 years ago.
OdetedePaula
OdetedePaula
lovely macro
3 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
************************************************Superb****************************************!!!!
3 years ago.
Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts
Beautiful !!

For the Cure:
Think Pink!
Breast Cancer Awareness!
3 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
outstanding shot! WOW!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
Great capture.
Wonderful focus and nice background.
3 years ago.
Claudine Gaulier-Denis
Claudine Gaulier-Den…
superbe
3 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
it's all-out war, but your unwanted guests do not care that they are with you and for them it is their element and they feel at ease, luckily you these bugs hunting aphids. ..!
Your record is remarkably beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Good and pleasant day.
3 years ago.
vero
vero
magnifique cette macro, que cette bête à bon dieu, t'amène le bonheur, une merveille,
bisous Véronique merçi pour tes passages, que j'apprécie énormément,
3 years ago.
Eve
Eve
Que de problèmes, c'est rageant de voir des fleurs détruites, nous passons tant de temps ...
Pour les fourmis, une année je m'en suis débarrassée avec des rondelles de citron mis sur leur lieu de passage.

La photo est superbe

Bonne fin de journée Janet !
3 years ago.
ManueL.
ManueL.
Super!
3 years ago.
Clofotos
Clofotos
Superbe macro !
3 years ago.
Philkilla Clem
Philkilla Clem
excellant belle attitude capté au bon moment
3 years ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
Beautiful everything, colors, subject, DOF, just perfect
3 years ago.
digital
digital
belle prise :-))
3 years ago.
natur' ELLE
natur' ELLE
magnifique prise !!! une réussite !***************
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in *macro**
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Nice work
Seen in ***Macrophotography insects and other animals**
3 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Sensacional
3 years ago.
Nyske
Nyske
So beautiful! Well done.
3 years ago.
Patrick
Patrick
j'aime beaucoup cet insecte, porte bonheur
3 years ago.
FMW51
FMW51
Eine exzellente Makroaufnahme in einer prima Schärfe!
3 years ago.
Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
absolutely perfect
3 years ago.
Rachel2
Rachel2
Wonderful shot! Sorry to hear of your battles with the ants and your defence of your garden.
3 years ago.
Anouchka
Anouchka
Sublime ! ! !

♥ ♥ ♥
3 years ago.
Colin
Colin
Great macro close up image with excellent use of depth of field Janet.
3 years ago.
Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew
Really lovely work my friend. And I'm so sorry to hear that you have so much on your plate - I'm a bit like that just now too, so please don't worry about keeping up with everyone - just get your priorities right and put yourself first!
3 years ago.
Florence Lequesne
Florence Lequesne
fantstic shot, love the droplet !
3 years ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Impressive macro
3 years ago.
Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger
Excellent shot, great image; good luck with the invaders!
3 years ago.
Horizon 36
Horizon 36
Absolutely stunning capture....well done Janet.
3 years ago.
(*NIKonGT*)
(*NIKonGT*)
Such a wonderful moment! Thanks for the words :-)
3 years ago.
Shilo
Shilo
wonderful shot!
3 years ago.
Dave Seargeant
Dave Seargeant
Hope you are holding up in your battle of the garden. I was discussing the issue of the squirrels with a friend of mine, who calmly told me he has no issue with them in his garden, while polishing his high powered air rifle, oddly rabbits are a rarity too. Yes not my way of dealing with these issues, but it has worked a treat for him, and his garden is a wonderful flowering abundance of colour... maybe something in his extreme way of doing things. Still won't find me doing that. The image by the way is superb...
3 years ago.
Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira
Superb :))
3 years ago.
Bruce Oakley
Bruce Oakley
Fantastic macro. Beautiful work.
3 years ago.
Franco Vangelisti
Franco Vangelisti
macro molto bella
3 years ago.
Karl Wolfgang
Karl Wolfgang
Zen-like ladybug shot. Looks like they arrive in the nick of time.
3 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Absolutely gorgeous macro image, Janet! I feel your pain, it is very hard to create a beautiful garden only to have it destroyed by too many hungry creatures! I hope you can find a remedy that you can live with and is effective. In the meantime, unwind with a little picture taking when you need to :)
3 years ago.
Elen48
Elen48
wow excellent macro !
have a nice week-end Janet!
3 years ago.
Charlie
Charlie
Macro splendide !!!!!
3 years ago.
Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Janet... janet et son regard si particulier qu'il est reconnaissable : TRÈS belle macro pour
ne pas dire, magnifique ******** !!!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
FMW51
FMW51
congrats on Explore!
3 years ago.
Seb.69
Seb.69
Fantastic macro Janet...I hope that things are going better for you with the bugs ( It's the same here ) Have a great week my friend :)
3 years ago.
Jason Mcosker (JSM)
Jason Mcosker (JSM)
Love the detail.
3 years ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Perfect in every way ... instant fave! :)
3 years ago.
Alain Genève
Alain Genève
Excellent*************
3 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Excellent macro, Janet! Great focus and light management.
3 years ago.
Ahmad Waqas
Ahmad Waqas
Fantastic
3 years ago.
Suus
Suus
fan-tas-tic !!! another superbe shot Janet, very special :)
3 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
A lovely macro beautifully presented here, Janet. Good luck with the garden wars.
3 years ago.
Ian Grainger
Ian Grainger
What a fabulous macro! Love how she's playing with that water drop!

I understand your insect frustrations! My lilies have been decimated by a small colony of red lily beetles and their larval offspring! However, although I loved the lilies, it was never my intention to become a gardener - I've just sort of fell into that role - and I originally grew the plants to attract the insects and to take photographs off, so I've left them to it! Like you, I still have plenty of blooms and bugs left to shoot! :)
3 years ago.
Koko Nut
Koko Nut
what an amazing capture!!
3 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
Fabulous!
3 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Wonderful shot Janet.
I have noticed that the best Macro photos of "Ladybirds" Lady bugs in your part of the world are those taken on less sunny days simply because they have such shiny reflective wing covers.

Hope you win the Battle of the Garden.

Take care.
3 years ago.
Sami Serola
Sami Serola
Very good!
3 years ago.
Madeleine - slowly back !
Madeleine - slowly b…
did you try Boric Acid for the ants ? I had an invasion of ants a few years ago, just when we were preparing to go on vacation (imagine leaving the house with the ants coming in ...)
I just put boric acid mixed with sugar on plastic lids (those containers you get at the supermarket for olives and stuff) ... and left htem on the floor in different spots ... they were gone in a few days ....
I think lemon juice also helps ...

So sorry for the garden ... too many pests and even birds love the gardens too ... I always wonder how do the farmers do ....
Best wishes ... there are still two summer months ...
3 years ago.
p'titJo
p'titJo
Superbe macro !
3 years ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
beautiful ladybug******************
3 years ago.
8adam8
8adam8
Wundervoll! Fantastisch eingefangen! Danke!
3 years ago.
Richard Boucher
Richard Boucher
Superbe macro ! Ah la coccinelle quel insecte photogénique !
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
guenievre
guenievre
Extraordinaire! Compliments!
3 years ago.
Proxar
Proxar
!!! just beautiful
3 years ago.
Christiane
Christiane
EXCELLENT !!! ***********
3 years ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
amazing !
3 years ago.
Proxar
Proxar
!!! very beautiful image !
3 years ago.
Misou 49
Misou 49
Une prise de toute beauté !
3 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Magnificent!
3 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Excellent macro!
~Painting With Mother Nature~
3 years ago.
Aruna's world
Aruna's world
lovely capture!
3 years ago.