I said I’d share more photos of cacti and succulents, but then I got distracted by frost and pretty droplets! So here are those (mostly) spiky photos I promised. I really enjoy getting up close and seeing all the details you might not normally notice. Definitely spiky – and looks like it has armour behind…… Continue reading Spiky
I had an urge to take some photos today, but didn’t have much energy to venture out anywhere. So I decided to take some photos of our house plants. We have a bunch of cacti and succulents, and a (slightly random) Fuchsia in our living room. When I saw this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, I realised…… Continue reading Drawing the Eye Indoors
We are fortunate that whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, it is possible to buy fresh flowers. I prefer wild flowers but all flowers are beautiful to me. I decided to take photos of some flowers I bought a couple of weeks back as they are still looking good. Rather than taking photos… Continue reading Portraits of flowers
We are fortunate that whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, it is possible to buy fresh flowers. I prefer wild flowers but all flowers are beautiful to me. I decided to take photos of some flowers I bought a couple of weeks back as they are still looking good. Rather than taking photos…… Continue reading Portraits of flowers
Reminding myself that beauty is everywhere. You don’t have to go far to find some. These lovely droplets were on the chives growing in the garden.
There were many hoverflies visiting my Purple Loosestrife today, it seemed to be very popular. I was taking photos and seem to have unintentionally captured the hoverflies in romantic soft focus. This was mainly because it was quite cloudy so I had my aperture very wide, leading to this very shallow depth of field. I…… Continue reading Unintentionally Romantic Hoverflies
Yesterday’s tiny caterpillar wasn’t the only creature spotted at Compton Acres. There sadly weren’t any dragonflies or damselflies around, probably because it was a little cooler and not their ideal conditions, but there were other creatures to be found. First this Hoverfly who seems to be rubbing its hands (legs) in glee about something, like…… Continue reading Creatures of Compton Acres
The sun seems to have left us for now, and days are quite grey and damp, and I am back at work. But I have memories of beautiful flowers from Compton Acres to cheer me up. These golden yellow flowers make a beautiful splash of colour and we even spotted a tiny caterpillar on one…… Continue reading Golden
Among the other more showy flowers, the Plantains often get overlooked. They don’t have flowers with colourful petals, but they are attractive in their own way. I have taken quite a few photos of Ribwort Plantains (Plantago lanceolata) over the years, and they do make a striking photo when they’re standing up alone with a…… Continue reading Plantain
I hadn’t noticed before how Cyclamen flowers emerge on a curled up stem which unfurls a bit like ferns do. While we were at Compton Acres on Saturday I was photographing a lovely patch of Cyclamen and found the curly stems very cute and appealing. I really must get some Cyclamen for my garden!
I have been seeing a little green bug around in the garden over the last few months. He really liked the Knapweed when they were flowering. I’d see him on them pretty much every time I went out there. I believe he is a Potato Capsid Bug (Closterotomus norwegicus). Despite his name he seems more…… Continue reading Little Green Bugs