Friday, 18 August 2017

A romantic gesture

Canadian Fleabane


Lest anyone say that I lack romance, I've just given my beloved a bouquet of Canadian Fleabane. A romantic gesture, and could be very useful in the right circumstances.

Canadian Fleabane, Conyza canadensis.

Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f11 50mm 0.6s ISO 100

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Altocumulus stratiformis

Altocumulus stratiformis


I've had an incipient Cloudscapes project in mind for a long time now, but with how crazy life is at the moment, I'd have to be mad to embark on a new project right now.

Wouldn't I?


iPhone 6s Plus f2.2 4.2mm ISO 25

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mouse Moth

Mouse Moth


After a quiet couple of weeks in the moth trap, Is It Autumn Already?


Mouse Moth, Amphipyra tragopoginis.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f16 1/200 ISO 100

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Not so green as it's cabbage looking

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper


A green grasshopper, but not as green as the Meadow Grasshopper. The Lesser Marsh Grasshopper is a recent (15 years) arrival in the East Midlands.

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper, Chorthippus albomarginatus.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f16 1/160 ISO 720

Monday, 14 August 2017

At the going down of the sun

At the going down of the sun


Sony ILCE-6000
E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
f5 84mm 1/4000 ISO 100

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Big Bang

The Big Bang


I've never shot fireworks before beyond pointandclick. This time I did the whole thing properly. Technically I'm pleased with the result but I'm not the world's biggest firework fan - after the first few they all start to look the same to me.

Sony ILCE-6000
E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
f11 56mm 2s ISO 100

The Big Bang

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Great Willowherb

Great Willowherb


Maintenance free, grows anywhere, supports a wide range of insects - what's not to like? OK, it is a tiny bit invasive...
I tried an Orton effect on this one, but as usual didn't like and deleted it. One day, I'll get my Orton on.

Great Willowherb, Epilobium hirsutum.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f6.3 1/160 ISO 125


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Surveillance

Surveillance


Watching me watching him watching me. The variation in this species continues to amaze me. But then...

Brown-lipped Snail, Cepaea nemoralis.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f16 1/160 ISO 450

Monday, 7 August 2017

Best Before Date

Best Before Date


We took a tramp around the local Lammas meadow. Having been mown it was all a bit tired, just weathering the mid-equinox lag and waiting for the autumn. I tell you Comrades, after the revolution the concept of Lammas meadows is going to be big. Ancient Lammas lands (frequently water meadows) were a system of land ownership which sustained most communities in Northern Europe for centuries until capitalism f*cked society up. Local families "owned" plots of Lammas land marked out by posts like this one which were harvested for grain or hay. On Lammas (1st August), all the land reverted to common pasture for grazing, so you had better have harvested your crop before then. When the land flooded in the winter, the livestock was moved off and the next cycle began.

Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f4 1/2000 ISO 100