Mint Leaf Beetle 1

Time flies… Since my first post on this blog we have travelled 10 times around the sun.
A lot of things have happened since then – for everyone of us probably – but let’s not get sentimental.
I started the blog with a macro picture, so I thought it might be a neat idea to celebrate this occasion with two new macro pictures I took last week.

This pretty little fella here is a mint leaf beetle (chrysolina herbacea) who lives – let’s see who guesses it … yes, on mint leaves. 😉
And that’s exactly where I saw him doing what mint leaf beetles usually do (whatever this is – looks like some serious workout routine if you ask me).
This guy here had a size of around 7 to 8mm (0,3 in).

Mint Leaf Beetle 2

So yes, yes, this is probably one of those cases where the camera does matter, or I should say the lens you use on it.
But still, forget the camera, because apart from these special cases you should not care too much.
As Chase Jarvis said, the best camera is the one that’s with you. And in most cases it’s better to learn how to use this than investing loads of money in tons of gear. (says the guy who really digs gear, d’oh!).
Bottom line: don’t expect too much from a new camera, it might give you more creative freedom, but you won’t necessarily take better photos all of a sudden.

What matters to me most is: just enjoy taking photos, with whatever gear you have. That’s the message I want to get across.
For me photography is one the greatest passions you can have, it helps me discover beauty wherever I look, even in mundane things, and has a somewhat therapeutic effect on me.

Anyways, a big thanks to all of you who have been following me through all these years (be it here on WordPress, flickr or Instagram), and I look forward to the future with you guys!

Cheers,

Timo

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