Disco Ball

edit-7544Another one of the decorations on the Christmas tree is this bauble which reminds me of a disco ball, reflecting light in all directions and picking up all the colours of lights and tinsel.


Pine cone

edit-7558There seems to be a theme developing! 🙂 Another festive photo – this time a photo of pine cone on the Christmas tree, with a sparkly fairy light in the background. I love how the light has gone all starry 🙂


Fairy Light

edit-7536The Christmas tree was decorated yesterday, so of course I got the camera out and got a few shots with the lights twinkling. I was trying to get shots of baubles reflecting the lights, which was great, but every photo has me and my tripod’s reflection in it which I don’t like! How does anyone take photos of shiny baubles without appearing in the shot? I’d love to know! Anyway I took this photo of one of the fairy lights and love the way the tinsel behind it is shining with a whole range of colours and pretty bokeh. Christmas is coming!

I think I’ll make this another shot for the Weekly Photo Challenge, so now I have a candle flame and a more modern electric fairy light for that 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there be light

edit-7506I was pleased to see that the weekly photo challenge this week is based on light – that gave me the perfect excuse to light a candle and have some fun taking photos. It’s been cold out and I’ve been a bit uninspired with the lack of flowers and insects and other nice things, but now it’s coming up to Christmas so there will be more candles, and lights on the tree, and tinsel. This was my favourite of the photos I took – I like it because the flame is nicely focused with pretty bokeh from some tinsel behind it.

Growing Kitten

I took my camera with me again while taking my daughter to riding at the weekend, and got another few shots of the kittens. It’s just over a month since I last took a photo of this kitten and he’s grown. His ears now look a little more in proportion with his face! 🙂


Leafy Ladybird

I’ve been able to get out a bit with the camera this weekend, so I have a new stash of photos to share. This is one of my favourites of the weekend – a lovely little ladybird sitting on an autumn leaf. I was really pleased with how the contrasting colours came out, and the ladybird stands out well against the leaf.


Robin Again

Mr Robin was hopping about the garden again yesterday, and I managed to grab a shot, which came out surprisingly well considering I had my camera set up for macro! I can’t resist a robin!



Despite the wind, I had a potter round the garden and took a few photos. The Ivy is a hive of activity with many flies, and a lot of wasps all busily clambering about. Wasps make me a little nervous but these ones were so busy they barely noticed me so I risked a few close-ups.

Pollen-covered Wasp busily at work
Tired Wasp taking a break on a leaf
Wasp having a bit of a clean up

Sun Fly

It’s blustery and not ideal weather conditions for macro photos today, but I still have some left from last weekend. I’m hoping maybe tomorrow will be less windy and I can get out again. 

The Hoverflies are still around, although there seems less of them now as Autumn comes. They’ve had to move from the Ragwort that seemed to be their favourite flower, as they’ve all gone to seed. In my garden at the moment there are lots of insects gathering at the Ivy as those flowers last into Autumn. This one was on a bramble flower in the hedgerow. I think this Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus) is my favourite Hoverfly with his lovely stripy thorax. Very bright and sunny 🙂