When I was feeling very unwell recently, the lovely Sue over at wordsvisual nominated me to take part in her nature photo challenge. https://suejudd.com/2016/03/31/seven-day-nature-photo-day-four-spring-is-springing/
I felt churlish having to decline at the time, but I really didn’t feel like thinking about photography, when all I could manage was a shorter than usual walk with Ollie. I did promise her that I would try some shots when I felt better, and see what delights nature has to offer, close to our home in Beetley. With the sun finally appearing after lunch today, I did just that. I am not that familiar with close-up photography, and do not have the benefit of specialist lenses, so this is just a general idea of some of the local flora and fauna. Go to Sue’s site for more accomplished photography.
The files are all large size, as usual, and clickable for detail. I know that few of you ever click on these pictures, (stats tell me) but on this occasion, I would really recommend that you go for detailed enlargement, as you will see the spikes on the plant, and the bee in the third photo, in great clarity. I used the 1:1 square format today, as it always reminds me of shooting with film.
This spiky bush with yellow flowers is everywhere over at Hoe Rough, and covers about 25% of the open space. Some of them are taller than me, and many are in thicker clumps, but this one was ideal for seeing it in isolation. I have no idea what it is called, but the spikes are very sharp!
I walk past this fallen tree most days, and have always been interested by the thick creeper-like tendrils that are entwined around it. I like to imagine that they were instrumental in its demise. This was taken against the light, facing west.
I was attracted to these small pink and purple flowers by the very loud buzzing of lots of bees. It took a lengthy wait for a bee to settle long enough for a clear picture, but this large specimen obliged after a while.
It wouldn’t be a photo post without trying to get Ollie in the frame, would it? He rushed into this rainwater pool to cool down, and after five shots, he finally looked at the camera. It is some indication of the rain we have had here, to see just how wide and deep that pool is.
I hope that you enjoyed these. For better photos of plants, flowers, and such things, it is probably best to look elsewhere on wordpress.