Shade and Shadow

Shade and shadow can be a pain in photography, but often it adds to the drama, or adds contrast. Here are a few shots from my garden and the village pond recently that have an element of shade and shadow… This flower was one of our rescues from a garden centre’s bargain shelf, and it…… Continue reading Shade and Shadow

Photo Challenge: Summer

We’re having some seasonal themes over the next few weeks for the Lens Artists Photo Challenges. This week is summer. So what photos express summer to me? Well, of course I could just say summer runs from June to August and pick out photos taken during those months. But I’m going to think about what…… Continue reading Photo Challenge: Summer

Busy as a Bee (but not a Bee!)

It’s hard to carry on as normal when the world is in chaos and we’re all wondering what will happen. But it’s important for our mental health to try and do normal things, especially when there is nothing practical we can do to make things better. We can feel helpless and anxious, so keeping busy…… Continue reading Busy as a Bee (but not a Bee!)

Creatures of Compton Acres

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

Amemones

While at Compton Acres, I was enjoying the Anemones, and I’ve decided that I must get some for the garden (as well as the Cyclamens). I nearly bought a plant in the shop there, but then thought that carrying it back on the bus might be a little inconvenient. There’s something very appealing about them.…… Continue reading Amemones

Cyclamen Spirals

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!

Little Green Bugs

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

Here be Dragons

Well, it’s been a while since my last dragonfly photo, and I was feeling the lack of it. Lately I’ve taking a lot of photos of horses and ponies and hadn’t had much opportunity for other smaller creatures. However this weekend I’ve been pottering round the garden taking photos, then this morning felt I had…… Continue reading Here be Dragons

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Today I saw my first Hummingbird Hawk-moth! I managed to get a few half-decent photos, but even without perfectly focused images, it was pretty cool! They’re quite big and as the name suggests they flap their wings quickly and hover, poking out their long proboscis to suck up nectar from the flowers. This one flew…… Continue reading Hummingbird Hawk-moth