Dwarf Irises (5th Mar 2011)

Irises
Irises

A few days later I went to Cambo, which has the National Snowdrop Collection.  However what really caught my eye was this dwarf iris, which I believe is a cross between two species.  I love the delicate colours and fine detail, and for me these are plants to look at close-too rather than from afar.

  • Aperture :ƒ/8
  • Camera :PENTAX K-7
  • Taken :5 March, 2011
  • Focal length :170mm
  • ISO :100
  • Shutter speed :1/100s

Snowdrops (2nd Mar 2011)

Snowgrops
Snowdrops

By March the snow had gone from the lowlands and the snowdrops were in full flower.  On my visit to the Falkland estate I took some photos of them, both as a spring celebration (they are one of my favourite flowers) and as another test for the replacement UV filter.  The filter passed with flying colours, and the flowers raised my spirits.  I also got some delicious freerange eggs!

  • Aperture :ƒ/5
  • Camera :PENTAX K-7
  • Taken :2 March, 2011
  • Focal length :150mm
  • ISO :800
  • Shutter speed :1/50s

Teasels in the snow (28th Nov 2011)

Teasels
Teasels

Towards the end of November it started to snow – and snow, and snow, and snow. I had left the heads on the self-sown teasels and they made a great B&W subject with some snow.

This was taken the day my 55-300mm lens arrived – I got the DA version with metal mount and a lens hood.

Flickr Photopage

  • Aperture :ƒ/8
  • Camera :PENTAX K-7
  • Taken :28 November, 2010
  • Focal length :170mm
  • ISO :400
  • Shutter speed :1/160s

Micheldever Woods (2nd May 2010)

Bluebells in Micheldever Woods
Bluebells in Micheldever Woods

Winter finally gave way to spring, and the woods of Hampshire were carpeted in bluebells.  This is Micheldever Woods, but just about every bit of woodland and scrub I drove past had bluebells in a greater or lesser degree.  As well as the beautiful blue of the bluebess there is also the lovely fresh green of the new beech leaves.

Flickr photopage

  • Aperture :ƒ/9
  • Camera :E-510
  • Taken :2 May, 2010
  • Focal length :70mm
  • ISO :800
  • Shutter speed :1/250s

Bullrushes (7th Mar 2005)

I had seen illustrations of bullrushes, all done once the ‘fluff’ had left the seed head.  Seeing the real thing for the first time was a pleasure, especially since the ‘fluff’ was still there and the background water so smooth.  This was taken at the small nature reserve at Birnie and Gaddon Lochs, which are near Collessie.

  • Aperture :ƒ/4.5
  • Camera :Canon PowerShot A70
  • Focal length :13.4375mm
  • Shutter speed :1/500s