Wednesday, 22 March 2017

#OneRiver: Narborough

OneRiver Narborough


Sliding past reed beds the silty Soar slips slowly by.
Plastic coats the banks,
the water is muddy but clean.
Kingfishers and otters don't seem to mind
too much.


There was a Kingfisher flypast just before I took this sequence. Which, obviously, I missed.

Narborough | OneRiver.

Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f11 19mm ISO 200
3 shot HDR.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Silpha atrata

Silpha atrata


A handsome beast (in my opinion). Snail killer - that narrow head is designed to reach deep inside the mouth of the shell.

Silpha atrata.
Sony ILCE-6000
Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 G SSM
f8 1/200 ISO 100

Monday, 20 March 2017

I made you a cake

I made you a cake

But I ate it. Soz.

Sony ILCE-6000
Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 G SSM
f8 1/125 ISO 100

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The supreme disappointment

The supreme disappointment


Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.
Ansel Adams

In spite of it all, it was great to finally be able to get back to the river this morning.

Narborough | OneRiver.

Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f9 23mm ISO 200

Friday, 17 March 2017

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum


Prunus cerasifera.
Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f9 1/160 ISO 400

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dryopteris affinis

Dryopteris affinis


Dryopteris affinis agg.
Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f9 1/40 ISO 400

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The thief is back

Wood Mouse


Wood Mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus.

Sony ILCE-6000
Tamron 500mm f8 1/200 ISO 1600

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Power to the People!

Beechmast Candlesnuff


Beechmast Candlesnuff (Xylaria carpophila) is easy to overlook. The fruiting body consists of 1 mm thick black threads with white spore bearing tips. It's actually pretty common, but here's the rub - it only grows on decaying beechmast. A month ago we had no records of this species on NatureSpot, but logic dictated it must be present in VC55, so we put out a call to the faithful. And now we have have half a dozen records from different parts of the county. Power to the People!

Beechmast Candlesnuff, Xylaria carpophila.
Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f9 1/30 ISO 400
5 image focus stack. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Freestyle

Common Chickweed


Three styles.

This week I have been mostly writing about tiny white flowers for my weekly NatureSpot column - White Verges.

Common Chickweed, Stellaria media.

Sony ILCE-6000
Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 G SSM
f8 1/100 ISO 200
6 image focus stack.

Common Chickweed