Posts tagged “Nature

Bees, while they last (Three Photographs)

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I have not noticed a significant fall in the bee population but will take the experts word that there is a problem. There was a slow start to the season due to the weather, but this family of bees seem to have survived well enough. Their unceasing efforts in seeking out new flowers is amazing.


Dragonfly (Three Photographs)

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This dragonfly unlike many of his contemporaries, chose to hang onto this stalk regardless of the hard breeze (and a mad photographer with a huge telephoto lens). The breeze was cooling and I kept my distance. So in the end everyone was a winner. After a few shots and when the breeze died down the dragonfly flew off.


Duck Portraits (Two Photographs)

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I took several photos like these but only a few had the same impact. For one thing, ducks often damage their beaks and several shots showed more than I wanted. I like to do “head and shoulder” animal portraits in the wild, you can get some very interesting shots.


Damselflies Mating (Two Photographs)

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Once a year I get damselflies in their signature heart-shaped matting pose. They can fly in this formation and remain as skittish as ever, I recommend the longest lens you have and crop significantly.


Downy Woodpecker

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 I have not seen many woodpeckers or herons and have shot far fewer than in earlier years. Birds in general are scarce this year where once we would never be at a loss for subjects. I think it‘s a combination of weather and human disturbance in the parks. Some people have been lucky one day and come back the next day to nothing. An unfortunate circumstance.


Bladder Campion (Two Photographs)

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Bladder Campion or Silene vulgaris, is one of the more interesting wildflowers. Found almost everywhere I go, city and field, during famines in the past it was boiled for food. Wikipedia states it’s still sometimes used in risotto in Italy. Here it’s just another pretty flower (or depending on your perspective, a weed).


Cabbage Whites (Two Photographs)

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These butterflies are everywhere but are seldom still enough to photograph. And when you do get them reacting or feeding they are very skittish. In addition their white wings reflect the predominant colour nearest them. But most importantly they have those wonderful checkerboard eyes. To be frank I prefer the Black and White version.