Until I started macro photography I had a real phobia about flies. There was just something about them that I found totally repulsive, not something that I could define with specifics, but just a total revulsion. A horror at having them near me, or even in the same room. No other insect has had this effect on me. I lie, I did go through a brief spell in my teens of disliking earwigs, but it was only brief! Seeing a fly in close up though, changed my emotions from one of horror to one of fascination. They come in such a variety of colours and shapes, and some, such as this dung fly, could almost be described as cuddly. He reminds me of some of my teddy bears of childhood with that soft downy looking coat. And that tuft on his head gives him a noble air: I can image a cape thrown over his shoulder and him bowing low in front of Queen Elizabeth I.
- I live in North Wales and spend my time caring for animals, walking in the countryside, photographing nature and reading. I hope to share, in photographs and words, some of the beauty that I see. If you enjoy the photographs on this blog then you might like to take a look at my Flickr photostream. View my complete profile for links to both of my blogs.