Posts from the ‘Insects’ category

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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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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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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Light catcher!

I took this image in the pine forest – it was very dark and as I ‘oohed and aahed’ at the fungi, I spotted this beautiful spider web catching the light in a shaft of sun.  It reminded me of a dream catcher – hence a ‘light catcher’   🙂

rainbow web

As always, click in for a more detailed view.

 

The Orchid’s Lure…

On Friday, another visit to my favourite florist (Flowers in a Vase) resulted in me coming home with this beautiful orchid bloom (amongst some other specimens!). I believe it is a genus of the Lady Slipper family  (Paphiopedilum).  I found it both beautiful and wondrous – the insect falls down into the ‘lip’ and it’s only means of escape is a single ‘ladder’ of hairs which leads directly to the flower’s reproductive parts – amazing!   I would love to see what this would look like in UV 🙂

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Taken using natural light. Please click in for a detailed view

Web and wires…

Last Tuesday was a glorious morning, the temperature about -4 C and a heavy frost.  It was slightly strange as it had warmed enough to start thawing and then as usual at first light, the temperature dropped, but this time dramatically and refroze everything.  This was taken just after sunrise with the first low rays of light.  I took a heap of images and have only just started sorting so there will be more to come 🙂

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Handheld and so high ISO

 

Web design!!

The day before yesterday saw a really heavy fog at sunrise (we didn’t actually see a sunrise!).  I knew that the spider webs would be beautiful and wasn’t disappointed, but from a photography point of view (excuse the pun), as the light slowly got better so the wind picked up.  This shot isn’t as sharp as I would like (also on an old DSLR)  but still an interesting web full of beads of moisture.  The reflections are dormant vines and the trellis system.

spider web drops

Handheld with Nikkor Mircro 105 mm, processed in SEP2 with cyanotype toner

1st Blogiversary!

Whilst I missed the festive postings as was so busy (grapevines don’t know it’s Christmas!), I realised that January 12th would be a year since I first started the blog.  I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to the people that follow the blog and to those that have taken the time to write comments and liked posts.  I enjoy the blogging community and love reading others’ posts.  A lot has changed in the past year – one of the biggest was shooting in RAW (I started in film) and look forward to another year of learning!

Here we are psyching up for a week long heat wave while others are freezing – stay safe!

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About 30 minutes after sunrise. The butterfly was warming itself in the early sun

 

 

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