The start of a new month and time to display my Last on Card photos for Brian’s challenge.

Let’s start with the Moto g50. This shot was taken for one of my Nuts & Bolts posts to illustrate my method of recording which parts on an engine need replacing with new…

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…Apart from a change of name for this post, you can’t tell the difference as all I did for the original post was resize for web!

Now the Canon EOS5d mkIII…

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…Taken at our pre-season friendly against Coggeshall Town on 16th July – the game ended in a 1-1 draw. It was my last match for a while. On the 19th I deemed it too hot to attend – the temperature reached 40.3C that afternoon, which is outside the camera’s official operating window (as well as mine)! Then on Thursday 21st I went down with what turned out to be covid. Now I’m hoping to be fit to do the Team Photos on August 11th🤞🏻

To finish, here’s a shot taken with the Fuji X-Pro2…

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…The Pigeons living it large in our bird bath!

As usual just a resize for the web and no other changes.

David Attenborough (now Sir) once introduced Hoverflies as superb aeronauts. That, they most certainly are with the ability to hover motionless in a pool of sunlight and yet to dart off in pursuit of a rival in such a sudden manner that you wonder if the behaviour of alien spacecraft in the X-Files or Close Encounters are modelled on them! They mimic bees and Wasps in their black and gold colouration as a defence against predators. Here are a few that I have photographed in the last couple of weeks at Long Lane Pasture. Sometimes they do take a rest stop which helps 😉

Helophilus pendulus on a cultivated Geranium……The longitudinal stripes on the thorax are quite distinctive! Reputedly this is our commonest Hoverfly.

Myanthropa florea resting on a Convolvulus leaf……Note the lines across the thorax in this case.

This is the delightfully named ‘Marmalade Hoverfly’ and she’s distinguished by those pale areas at the end of each segment of her abdomen……she’s grabbing a pollen boost from a Meadow Buttercup. Her scientific name is Episyrphus balteatus but I reckon Lady Marmalade will do just fine 😉

Finally, here’s a shot of Eupeodes corollae doing what Hoverflies do superbly well – hovering!..…The speed of the wings is so fast that they don’t even register on my humble camera – Yet the head remains perfectly still at 1/125th of a sec shutter speed 🙂 What an amazing piece of micro engineering! I think that calls for a song…