After a long wait I got a longer lens at Christmas, and was delighted to find how close it's minimum focus distance is. While it's never going to be a macro lens, its going to be good for butterflies and dragonflies where an extra bit of distance from the subject can be a help.
So here are two shots of a Common Brown - (Heteronympha metope). I like the translucent feel of the first and the slightly battered condition of the second. I assume that they have both overwintered somewhere, although the first seems to have an easier run than the second!
You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.
Enjoy the close ups.