Birds from the garden – Spring 2020

The spring lockdown has given me more opportunities to photographs birds in and around my garden. Here are a few of the results:

A newly fledged Starling sits on the fence
A pair of Red Kites fly low enough to photograph
House Martins checking out a potential nest site

Bath Botanical Garden October 2018

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 was a dull and overcast day, but this is not necessarily a bad thing for photographing autumn colour. All the pictures were handheld on a Nikon Coolpix P7800, and the slide show was assembled using Proshow Producer.

Leucojum aestivum

When I saw this Leucojum aestivum at my local garden centre, I just knew it would photograph well. Nevertheless, it needed a stack of ten images to achieve all-over sharpness.

Canon 5D Mkiii

Canon 100mm macro lens

Processed with Helicon Focus

Sunset at Kynance

Although I was mainly focusing on black and white film photography during my trip to Cornwall, I did take time off from the RZ67 to photograph the sunset at the beautiful Kynance Cove. It’s late June and the sun is setting to the north west. I’ve made a note to return later in the year when the sun will be setting over the islands, which will be much more effective.

Aphid on nettle

Aphids are a garden pest; they feed by sucking the sap of plants and exude a sticky fluid called honeydew that encourages fungal growth. They are unusual among insects in giving birth to live young called nymphs, which look like miniature versions of their mothers.

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Malvern Spring Show

I’m always on the lookout for interesting plants that might make good subjects for my style of photography, and the Malvern Spring Show is one of those horticultural events that provides plenty of inspiration. This year was I was attracted by the Gold Medal winning display of cacti from Southfield Nurseries.¬†¬†These are exactly the sorts of plants that have the patterns, textures and colours that can be explored with my macro lenses.

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A sunny interlude in the garden

While I love gardening, I think it’s only fair to say that my main motivation is in having access to interesting and photogenic plants so that I can photograph them at the best. We seem to be in the mid-May rainy season at the moment, but I took advantage of a brief sunny spell to photograph a couple of plants.

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Lake District day 3

Four seasons in one day! We climbed three of the Langdale Pikes – Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag, and Pike of Stickle. We’d intended to go on to Pavey Ark but were driven back by a blizzard. Here’s a storm cloud over the Langdale Valley.