Queen Anne’s Lace

Daucus carota, whose common names include wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace (North America), is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, (the ‘umbellifer’ family – such as the highly poisonous hemlock and the commonly seen cow parsley) with white flowers and feathery leaves. It is a dainty frothy wild flower often with…

Meadow Brown

The medium-sized meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is one of the commonest grassland butterflies, on the wing in the summer from June to September.  It even flies in dull weather when other butterflies are inactive. Which may explain why I saw this chappie in the garden on Wednesday. July Squares | Perspective

Catchlight

A “catchlight” is simply the highlight of a light source reflected off the surface of the eye. This highlight adds depth and dimension to the eye, and gives the eyes life in a portrait or snapshot. Even the smallest spark can make all of the difference when it comes to bringing energy and dynamism to…

a quiet moment

Taking a stroll behind the barns belonging to the neighbouring farm the other evening I noticed this view of Trencrom Hill which is a perfect place to go to when seeking peace and quiet. From this view it looks to be practically in my garden, which now makes me wonder if all the large stones…

hoverfly and one flower

Cee is hosting the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week and as a huge lover of flower photography her choice is ‘one flower’. As I post many flowers on my blogs I wasn’t going to join in this week, until I captured this lovely Marmalade (?) hoverfly (just look at that pattern!) on an Ox-eye daisy…

delicate colours

delicate (adj.) – very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality / dainty / graceful / elegant I suppose we think of delicate colours as those that are very pale; pastels, ethereal, soft. So I had a look around the lanes and my walk along George V yesterday to try and capture…

bees and one butterfly

pastime (noun) –  an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby. I don’t have many pastimes. Mainly gardening and photography take up my time now that I am retired. So flower photography is pretty much a given. What I do like to do at this time of year is try…

cropping the shot

This week Patti (one of the lens-artist group of talented photographers) has asked us to consider the value and necessity of cropping a shot as a way to bring out its best qualities. I use cropping a lot. For Becky’s square challenge (usually posted on Travel Words) a lot of images have to be cropped…

from Chaos comes Beauty

On Monday we had the first dry day in over a month. A whole day of blue sky and sunshine. It was even quite warm in the sun, although the temperature only reached 11°C, but the wind was light and that made a big difference. On Monday came the news that we shouldn’t socialise any…

last photo

Brian (aka Bushboy) is running a monthly challenge where he asks you to post the last photo on your SD card. The rules are simple: 1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st January. 2. No editing – who cares if it is out of…