At last it has stopped raining so took a walk round the garden with the macro to see what was lurking in the foliage. The dandelions attracted two very attractive species of solitary bee and there were lots of nursery spiders warming themselves in the sun.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
I had some fun in the adjacent poplar wood moving the camera to distort the shapes. The flag of Finland arrived in one of the images
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Phew- just made it in time for my entry for this year's London Salon . On-line entry closes this weekend (22nd) but also time to enter manually and the prints have to get there by 27th April. The prints are designed to go side-by-side and that is what took the time!! I am influenced by ancient Chinese paintings where perspective is very different to Western art. They do not have single point, linear perspective but the perspective points shift as the viewer's eye moves through the landscape. So a scene may include a lake shore, above which tower mountains; yet both the lake and the mountaintop pavilion will seem to be at eye level.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I visited the National Trust Landscape gardens at Claremont on my way to talk at Epsom Camera Club - thanks for your hospitality and especially Rosemary for the meal before the meeting. The gardens have features from leading historic landscape gardeners including John Vanburgh and Capability Brown but are somwhat spoilt for me by the masses of rhododendrons blocking the vistas. Two birds that don't feature in our local gardens - the Ring-necked Parakeet and the Mistle Thrush were making a lot of noise in the trees. An obliging Heron kept moving ahead of me round the lake.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
A male swallow was perched on our conservatory door this morning - the first seen this year (6th and 7th last two years)and looking decidedly tatty. We have closed the garage this year and opened a side shed door. I do hope they take to the new quarters - we have too much good stuff stored in the garage to have droppings everywhere.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
As part of our Camera Clubs annual Points of View competition, we were able to photograph in the Law Faculty. I loved the shapes and colours. The building was designed by Norman Foster and completed in 1995/ It contains the Squire Law Library, five auditoriums, offices and several seminar rooms. It is four stories high, with a further two stories below ground.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Visited Paxton Pits today hoping that the Nightingales would have arrived (6th April last year) but no sign of them on the Heron Trail (one had been sighted/heard in Rory's Wood). Here are some of the species that we did see so very much not a wasted visit - Great Crested Grebe, Common Tern, Greylag Geese, Chiffchaff, Cormorant, Robin, Heron, Tufted Duck, Black Headed Gull. I hope that the Nightingales will return in their usual number (30 males recorded singing last year).