Friday, 22 June 2018

Ain't no cure for the

Aint no cure for the...


Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus.

I think I finally cracked the Mandy Disher secret sauce recipe, although the consistency is not as high as I'd like. Part of this involves the selection of appropriate subjects, part of it is post-processing. Progress though.


Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f22 1s ISO 100

Thursday, 21 June 2018

National Insect Week - Broad Centurian

Broad Centurian


Broad Centurian, Chloromyia formosa. It's the hairy eyes that give it away.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 6400

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

National Insect Week - The Flame

The Flame


A practical moth.

The Flame, Axylia putris.

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

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

National Insect Week - Elephant Hawk-moth

Elephant Hawk-moth


Common, but I've been waiting a year to get one of these in the trap.


Elephant Hawk-moth, Deilephila elpenor.

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

Monday, 18 June 2018

National Insect Week

Rutpela maculata


In honour of National Insect Week, here's one: Rutpela maculata.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 4000

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Yorkshire fog

Yorkshire-fog


I don't know if it's just me, but everywhere seems alive with Yorkshire-fog at the moment. Yesterday I drove past a municipal verge positive psychedelic with Yorkshire-fog and buttercups, and this morning the meadows were glowing with it.


Yorkshire-fog, Holcus lanatus.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 2000

Friday, 15 June 2018

This Is Not A Frog Orchid

This Is Not A Frog Orchid


I've just been on my annual trip to search for the VC55 Frog Orchid. Once again, it's a no-show. After several fruitless years now I think it's probably gone. Will they ever return?


Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f2.8 1/1600 ISO 100

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Geometridae

Riband Wave


Riband Wave, Idaea aversata, looking appropriate geometric. Yet another example of a supposedly minor form being seemingly far more common that the nominate form. In this case, this lined form "ab. remutata" seems to outnumber the nominate banded form (at least in VC55, but once we have that new County atlas, we'll know for sure).


Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 2000

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat


Slow progress on the winter wheat - coldest winter for 10 years, driest May for nearly as long. Sill time to catch up.


Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f5.6 1/500 ISO 100