Saturday, May 31, 2014
We had booked to take the girls to Majorca this week for a beach holiday but the firm we booked with went out of business two weeks ago so Northumberland was a hasty replacement. Hopefully as the firm issued an ATOL certificate we should get our money back. This evening it was still and sunny - not as warm as Majorca but pleasant enough for the girls to have a paddle.
Friday, May 30, 2014
I gave the infrared an outing today and was pleased with the results taken in the gardens. The water lilly leaves are actually floating on a covering of blanket weed that looks the same colour as the weed so the colour difference is very surprising. I also like the near natural colour achieved for the flower pots.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Went to Burwash Manor pools to see what Dragonflies were about - the answer was none but some valiant flies and bees were feeding on the flowers despite the wind and cold. There seems to be a plague of Alder Leaf beetles this year. These were taken in Salford at the weekend.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The best part of Twycross for me is the walk-through aviary with a large colony of Cattle Egrets all nest building and scabbling at the moment with each other and the Pied Cormorants and Night Heron. The flamingos looked very happy filter feeding in deepish water while the Pelican definitely was having a bad hair day. They also have a brand new Butterfly House - a large area not yet fully stocked but looking good.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Visited butterfly world near St Albans for the first time yesterday with Meredith who obviously has the Entomology gene. The indoor areas are small but the wildflower meadows and gardens very extensive. It was not the best time of year or weather for a visit as the delight of the place is its very large array of themed gardens, all full of butterfly and insect habitats. Promised myself a return later in the year.
(All except image 2 (100mm macro) were taken with 300mm f4 with 12.5mm extension ring and small fill-in flash.)
Friday, May 23, 2014
Today I completed my book of photographs from the trip in February to Iceland where we were fortunate to witness the best Northern Lights display for 20 years. Click image to show preview of the entire book
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Not as many Man Orchids as some years but still a reasonable display along with very abundant Twayblades and a sprinkling of Common Spotted Orchids. I used my 70-200mm lens with a 25mm Extension tube to bring the focus point nearer. It gives a nice diffuse background provided the subject is a far enough away from the other plants.