Sunday, 22 July 2018

Evolving Landscapes

Evolving Landscapes


In London for the Evolving Landscapes exhibition (among other things), which was alternatively interesting and infuriating. A long advert for Phase One, some famous photographers who should have done better (I won't be naming names), heavy emphasis on tone mapping (hence this shot), one or two beautiful images I would love to have taken - even if they're not really landscapes, and I won't be paying £1000 for a digital print. Overall, enjoyable, but not as memorable as Chris Dorley-Brown's "The Corners", which I stumbled across at Tate Britain.


iPhone 6s Plus back camera f2.2 4.2mm 1/5000 ISO 80

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Buff Arches

Buff Arches


Buff Arches, Habrosyne pyritoides.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f16 1/200 ISO 100


Monday, 16 July 2018

Nectar Station

Green-veined White


Devil's Bit Scabious pulling in allcomers in the meadow.


Green-veined White, Pieris napi.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f10 1/100 ISO 200

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Inverted Scabious

Inverted Scabious


Because some people like that sort of thing.


Devil's-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 250


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Stenodema laevigata

Stenodema laevigata nymph


Nymph.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
Canon MPE 65mm F2.8 G SSM
f8 1/160 ISO 100
3 image focus stack, Zerene DMAP.



Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Coronet

The Coronet


The Coronet, Craniophora ligustri.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f16 1/200 ISO 100

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Too Bloody Hot

Moths 2018


Like a lot of recorders the heat has meant I just haven't been able to face getting out in the field today, so I played with some data instead. This graph explains why sorting the moth trap was so stressful yesterday and summarizes the year to date. And this year, way out in first place, are the Heart and Darts, Agrotis exclamationis.


Heart & Dart

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Bordered White

Bordered White


Bordered White, Bupalus piniaria.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/200 ISO 100

Friday, 6 July 2018

Purple Haze

Purple Hairstreak


Purple haze was in my mind as soon as I entered the wood - in this case, Giant Bellflower (Campanula latifolia) rather than pharmaceutical in origin. Clouds of Ringlets flew up along the rides. And then ... an electric purple flash from a funny-looking Ringlet. The Purple Hairstreak is our commonest Hairstreak but is not often noticed. By 8am the show was over - the Hairstreaks were flying at a million miles an hour, could not be approached and were headed for the tree tops. But an hour in a glade of Purple Hairstreaks had made the world seem a less loathsome place. And after weeks of involuntary "It's coming home", it's good to finally have a new earworm.

Purple Hairstreak to me
Purple Hairstreak to me
Purple Hairstreak
Purple Hairstreak
Purple Hairstreak to me.



Purple Hairstreak, Favonius quercus.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f8 1/80 ISO 3200
4 image stack, Zerene DMAX