Space in the garden

This week’s topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is ‘negative space‘. In terms of photography, negative space is about including more in your shot other than the subject, and allowing that quiet background to highlight the subject. I looked back at some photos I took in the garden a few weeks back and cropped someContinue reading “Space in the garden”

Quiet Moments

Quiet moments are my favourite kind of moments. If you are trying to take photos of potentially skittish small creatures, quiet moments are essential. Sometimes I find myself holding my breath as I creep closer to try and get that shot. Sometimes they pose nicely, sometimes they flit away as soon as the camera isContinue reading “Quiet Moments”

After the flowers

After the flowers have passed, we sometimes think all the beauty of the plant has gone, and we don’t think about enjoying the next stage. I’m growing wildflowers so I’m keen to let them do as nature intended and am still observing their development. You can see the structure and shape of the plants inContinue reading “After the flowers”

A Narrow Perch

Yesterday in a break in the weather I had a potter around to see what I could see. There were dragonflies out and about (more of that another day) but also something much smaller and less showy – these little Common Green Shieldbugs. If you’re familiar with Shieldbugs you might think these look a little odd,Continue reading “A Narrow Perch”

Scary Shieldbug

I’ve grown quite used to spotting shieldbugs all around the place. Usually they’re the same shade of green as the leaf they’re sitting on, as they’re the common Green Shieldbugs. But at the weekend I spotted this scary fellow: He’s certainly not as camouflaged as the green ones, and seems rather more viscious – satContinue reading “Scary Shieldbug”

Shieldbug Secrets

  Did you know that both these photos are of the same species of Shieldbug (Palomena prasina – the Common Green Shieldbug)? No? Neither did I until fairly recently when I discovered “instars” – these are phases the bug goes through between moults. So it moults off its exoskeleton and inside is a slightly moreContinue reading “Shieldbug Secrets”