A moment of beauty…

Hello everyone.  It has been very cold here, winter has arrived.  The image I am sharing on another sad and unthinkable day for London and the UK,  is one I took a few weeks ago.  I saw this dragonfly at sunrise which was still in it’s cold slumber from the night before and was fascinated by the glass like beads of dew on the wings and the magnification in the drops on it’s eye.  Enjoy.

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Within a hare’s breath…

Hello again 🙂  The weather has turned very cold in the last day or so which isn’t surprising – our official start  of winter is this coming Thursday and winter pruning starts this week at work.  The image today is from last summer which I found when looking for something else in the chaotic mess that is my hard drive and I realised I haven’t posted a black and white image for a long time!  I’m a little behind on my reader but am catching up.  Hope you enjoy 🙂

Autumn sunrise with sparkles.

I hope everyone is well.  We’re now into late autumn, the last of the deciduous trees are in their wonderful colours, days are getting much shorter and the misty mornings are plentiful.  One day last week we had very heavy fog and I spied these little grasses which had gone to seed sparkling in the rising sun.  Enjoy 🙂

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An autumnal kaleidoscope…

Hello again everyone 🙂  My harvest at work went very well – a good tonnage of very clean fruit which is now in the care of the skilled winery guys.  As you can imagine, I haven’t had a lot of time to take images but I did get to visit Duneira Estate today  which is is now in full autumn glory today.  A wonderful site to visit 🙂  This image is a double exposure taken ‘in camera’ of a full transition of autumn colour from green through to red 🙂

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A Last Dance of Summer.

Hello everyone!  This is an image of a ‘windflower’ or Japanese anenome – the bloom is tired, the light is soft and so it gave a feeling of the last dance of an evening.  Autumn is here which for me means that it’s harvest time at work…we start picking this coming Monday and so for the next 10 days or so I will see tonnes and tonnes (literally) of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.  An exciting but exhausting time so probably my last post for a few weeks.  See you the other side!  😀

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Stained glass…

I’ve been enjoying catching up and seeing everyone’s posts though I don’t have as much time to comment as often as I would like at the moment 🙂

This small dragonfly is one of the treasure trove of summer insects I found in the fog at sunrise the other week.  The delicate wings reminded me of stained glass by the way it was backlit in the swirling fog.

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Jewels at dawn.

It’s been a hot start to February here whilst some of you are freezing before the seasons start to turn!  One morning this week saw very heavy fog as the overnight temperature got really quite cool (6C) before another hot day.  At sunrise I was delighted to find many insects waiting for the warmth of the sun to get dry and moving – this tiny butterfly (wingspan of 2 cm) is called a common grass blue.  I hope you enjoy, click in for a larger image. 🙂

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It’s been a LONG time!

A big hello to everyone 🙂  It’s been 7 months since I last posted anything on my blog and I can see things have changed a lot on WP – I’m still getting my head around it!  I hope everyone is well and I look forward to catching up with you all in time.

My first post for 2017 is of a juvenile rabbit enjoying the shelter of the shade on a very hot afternoon a few weeks ago. Click in for a larger view.

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Sugar pink…

Hello everyone,  I’m still in macro mode at the moment so here is an image of the bracts which form the outside of a Protea flower (also sometimes known as sugarbushes).  It’s hairy texture is both brilliant and a nightmare for macro as the hairs pick up every speck of dust and dirt.  The colour reminded me of the confectionery Turkish Delight hence “Sugar Pink”.  Click in for a larger image  🙂

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Watching…

I took this image in December during our last summer.  It was an image I’d forgotten about as it was a busy time with work and Christmas. I’m endlessly fascinated by the wonderful world of spiders, their camouflage and habits.  Click in to see the details of this spider sitting in her summer flower –  watching and waiting 🙂

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