Water goes from the pump into a filter and then to an imitation water hand pump. From that it flows down the waterfall and back into the pond. The birds think the waterfall makes an ideal bath and it is regularly in use for that purpose. The other pipe resting on the side of the waterfall feeds water from a shed roof to help top up the pond. The lump of wood on a pole with a white plastic top is a home made ladybird house though I don't know if it has actually been used as such.
In the pond I saw one of the Common Newts come up for a gulp of air.
Another arrival through the post yesterday morning was a macro lens I had ordered from Hong Kong. I had decided that whenever possible I would leave my main lens attached to the camera. The 70-200mm IS lens does not have a macro facility so the nearest I can get to anything is about four feet. That is not too much of a problem as the zoom along with the sharpness of the optics and the 15Mpixels of the camera allows some fairly small crops. Anyway for the princely sum of $9.99 including postage I though I would order a +4 macro lens which screws to the front of the main lens. It works better than I expected at the price. It is useless at full zoom but at 70mm it allows me to stand a lot closer and doubles the size of what is being photographed. The depth of field is less but it is sharp and clear. How do they do it at the price?
Some examples with the +4 in place: Apart from cropping they are otherwise untouched.
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These are all still crops but not such small ones as would have been needed with the main lens by itself.
After I had taken the macro lens off the camera I spotted a bee which refused to show me its head. Having perused a few identification sites I think it is a mining bee but then again I could be wrong.
Many thanks to Dean from MostlyMacro for letting me know that the bee looks like the Common Carder Bee. I'm learning - slowly.
The weather looks like it has returned to dull and dreary again but at least I got one sunny day.