Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hello old friend

Moschatel


Three years ago someone kindly pointed out to me a single plant of Moschatel, which is not particularly common in Leicestershire but because it's such an unassuming plant of deciduous woodland is probably under reported. We've looked for it in the same spot each season since then and failed to find it, but I'm delighted to say that this year it's back - and it's brought a friend with it:

Moschatel


Moschatel/Town Hall Clock, Adoxa moschatellina.

Sony ILCE-6000
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 2000

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Orange Tip Day - Clause 17b

Peacock -


The heat of the past week has brought a mass emergence of Orange Tip butterflies and this morning the males were frantically patrolling the rides in the wood, looking for females. The females are easy to photograph (Clause 17b) but I've never managed to get a good photograph of a male Orange Tip.

So here's a picture of a Peacock enjoying the Blackthorn.


Peacock, Aglais io.

Sony ILCE-6000
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 200

Friday, 20 April 2018

Bloody Currant

Flowering Currant


I'm not overly keen on Flowering Currant but the Hairy-footed Flower Bees disagree with me, they love it, so last year I relented and took a few cuttings. Taking a few more recently, I was delighted to find last year's are growing. Obviously this is not them yet, although it may not be too many years before my garden is filled with the stench of cat's piss and with Hairy-footed Flower Bees (and theoretically with Currant Clearwing, although whether they eat Flowering Currant in the UK ... nobody knows).


Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
Samyang 14mm f2.8 1/30 ISO 320

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Comma

Comma


Polygonia c-album.


Sony ILCE-7RM2
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
f11 1/100 ISO 400

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

How can a plant be evil?

How can a plant be evil?


Skunk Cabbage is getting it in the neck recently for being an invasive species. It isn't of course. It was just happily minding its own business in North America when we yanked it out of the ground and carried it round the world. Because it is "pretty". Pretty smelly! Anyway, what's a plant supposed to do, other than survive? This clump has been growing happily in my garden pond well away from any other watercourses for 25 years. It's a survivor.


Skunk Cabbage, Lysichiton americanus.

Sony ILCE-7RM2
Samyang 14mm f2.8 1/60 ISO 320

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Chrysolina polita

Chrysolina polita


Probably the commonest and most widespread British species of Chrysolina (leaf beetles).


Chrysolina polita


Sunday, 15 April 2018

2018 starts here

Common Quaker


Joy and relief that the moth season has finally cranked into gear.

Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi.

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


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Dilemma

Dilemma


In my yoof, I did a lot of concert photography. Last night while I sat through PSB @ DMH, half of my brain couldn't help yearning for the a7RII with the 70-300mm to see how it would perform in comparison to my old Pentax K1000 and HP5, but the other half wanted to sit there and be in the moment, so I snapped a couple of social media bragging shots during the first song then just enjoyed the show.

iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f2.2 4.2 mm 1/33 ISO 160