On Friday, there was finally a little movement from the Nikon shop on getting my gear back to me, or at least on doing something for me. They lent me a D2X.
The D2X is a camera, and I own one, except that this summer Nikon seemed to want to keep it. At least I now had a replacement. I didn't get a replacement for the lenses that were in the shop, though, so I still felt that I had to look mainly for macro or scenic subjects. They had my favorite bird-photo lens.
On Sunday, I finally had a chance to get out with the loaner camera. I put my 70-300mm lens on and headed out with the idea of seeing what delights the flowerbeds along the quay held. The 70-300 works reasonably well as a macro lens, but not quite as well as my dedicated 90mm lens would have. The tradeoff was that if I did happen upon some birds, the 70-300mm would be much better than the 90mm.
The photos I got were mainly of flowers and succulents, but I did get a few bugs amongst them. I'll chime in when I know what something is, but otherwise let the pictures present themselves.
The following is a Rudbeckia, probably R. fulgida.