Details

It’s been a while! Sorry to regular readers. I went down with some kind of virus and wasn’t up to much for about 10 days, which seemed to trigger more anxiety than usual, and then going back to work this last week has been exhausting. To top it off I had to have my last remaining wisdom tooth pulled out yesterday so it hasn’t been the best of times lately. However, things are on the up now. I have a sore mouth but am otherwise feeling a lot better.

So I thought I’d have a look at the Weekly Photo Challenge, and I must admit I literally LOLed (laughed out loud) when I saw the theme was “Details”. What could be more perfect for me and my favourite type of photography! I haven’t got any brand new photos thanks to the illness and the current weather (soggy), but I do have some you haven’t seen yet, so here you go – take a look at these details 🙂

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My first Common Darter of this year. Love the detail of the eyes, hairs and wings.
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Toadflax flowers. Funny flowers which look like they have beards!
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Bumblebee letting me get very close and have a look at his hairy mouthparts
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Honeybee posing. Nice pollen sacks!
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Sunlit fern – you can see the details of the spores (dots along the fronds) with the backlighting
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Azure Damselfly showing off her lovely colours
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Honeybee in a Dog Rose – if you peek into flowers you may find they have passengers!
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Bumblebee in a Foxglove – I had to wait for him to come out as they get completely inside the flower and disappear from view
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Dog Rose details – focused on the stamens inside the flower, but look at the funny bobbly bits underneath – interesting details
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Grasshopper & friend – I was actually looking at the grasshopper and didn’t notice the spider at first!
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Raindrops on grass – I like how the droplets seem to defy gravity
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Tiny Hoppers

It seems to be the start of Grasshopper Season. I spotted quite a few tiny little Grasshoppers jumping about in the grass just over a week ago. Maybe they will have grown a bit next time I take some photos of them.

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Moss aglow

Even though there is a lot of grey around at this time of year there are still the occasional splashes of vibrant colour even before the spring arrives. A few weeks back I spotted this moss glowing in the (rare) sunshine. I love the bokeh 🙂

Moss Bokeh

Moss Bokeh

Moss Bokeh

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant.

Woodland Secrets

The weather turned brighter today and I had another lovely walk, apart a gentle sprinkling that had me putting my camera under my coat briefly. However since there are not a huge amount of insects or flowers at this time of year, I turned to the woodland to find the small things that lurk in the mossy corners. It was a bit tricky as it was not so bright under the trees, but every so often shafts of sunlight lit up some interesting little mushrooms.

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Finding My Happy

My happy place isn’t an actual place … more a type of place. It could be anywhere really, as long as there’s nature to explore. My happy can be found in a relaxing stroll among the plants and small creatures, getting down among the grass stalks and seeing what I can see.

Perhaps I will find a seed making a nice shadow on a blade of grass:

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Or spot some beautiful grass flowers, which are often unappreciated:

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There might be a hoverfly enjoying the ragwort, with the sunshine making everything glow:

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I may meet weird and wonderful creatures down in the undergrowth, like this unusual ‘snout hoverfly’ (Rhingia campestris):

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Or I may delight in finding an interesting shieldbug that I’ve not seen very often (a Hairy Shieldbug in this case):

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I might discover how cute and tiny baby Dock Bugs are:

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I may glory in the chirruping of grasshoppers, and enjoy the challenge of finding them and getting a shot:

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And of course my favourite Dragonflies make any location a happy place:

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And I have a soft spot for the Speckled Wood butterflies too, less showy than some others, but just as beautiful:

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The wonder of intricate webs can be part of my happy too (as long as the spider doesn’t scuttle towards me!):

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Happiness is being out in the middle of nature
Looking at the small things

As long as it’s not raining :-/

Although …

then there will be droplets! 🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Happy Place.”

Big and small boundaries

Ok, so where do we go with boundaries?

How about this fence which is quite literally the boundary of the field, stopping me from getting in and the cows from getting out.

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There are many boundaries in this photo. My daughter is riding along the boundary fence in the show-jumping area of the field. There are also distant hedges, fences and that cliff-like part is the far side of the river which is also lurking down there. The river is a natural boundary, unless you have built a bridge over it.

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In this one she’s jumping another fence – another boundary. In reality of course you could just ride around this one, but for the purposes of show-jumping it is a boundary you need to get across in order to proceed.

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As you may have noticed I have a bit of a scientific, biological interest in small things and I couldn’t avoid thinking on the small scale. I started to think about how water droplets form with a boundary with the air. It’s all about surface tension. The molecules of water on the edge (the boundary molecules) are more attracted to the other water molecules (i.e. more attracted inwards) than they are to the air (outwards). So they pull inwards into a droplet shape. And apart from the cool science, they look pretty too 🙂

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Boundaries.”

Just like me, they long to bee … close to you

Well, this week’s photo challenge is more my kind of thing 🙂 Close-up is what I do! I could have picked one of gazillions of close-ups from my stash of photos but I thought I’d go out in the garden and see what I could find and take some fresh photos for you. What I found was that the bramble patch was very busy with bees and other insects, and despite the frustrations of the light changing every time the sun went behind a cloud (often!) I managed to get a few nice shots of some Honey Bees.

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Apologies if my title has set you off singing … here’s that song on YouTube to satisfy that earworm:

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Close Up.”

Sunshine Dragon

I absolutely love this shot I got today! The sun was coming and going as clouds kept blocking it out and I was wandering around the village pond looking out for wildlife. I came upon this dragonfly in the tall grass and as I was kneeling to get a low-down shot, the sun came out and turned it into a magical scene full of bokeh and sparkle 🙂

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If I had to be specific …

If I had to pick a single thing as my muse, rather than the whole of nature, I’d probably have to choose dragonflies. I get such a thrill getting shots of them, and spend far too long hanging around the village pond – just 5 more minutes – trying to get that perfect shot.

Today I got some fantastic shots thanks to an unusually docile dragon. I think it’s an immature male – perhaps only recently emerged from its larval stage. Please enjoy a gradual trip closer and closer into the wondrous eyes of this Common Darter 🙂 (please click on the photos to get the full effect)

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”

Grasshoppers in the Green

More photos from the weekend today – a couple of really cute little grasshoppers in amongst the blades of grass.

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Fresh as a Daisy

You probably know the saying ‘as fresh as a daisy’ … well here’s a daisy that shows why this saying is correct. Fresh in this mornings heavy dew, in the beautiful bright spring sunshine I found this freshly opened daisy.

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Don’t forget to click on it to see it larger.

I had the best walk this morning – it’s a lovely spring day and it made me feel very happy 🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”

Tall Tiny Forest

a tall tiny forest
vast miniature trees
reach for the sky
nestled
between
the quiet stones

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