Posted on January 25, 2018
This display of rockery plants at the annual flower show in nearby Magnac-Laval shows not only a variety of species but also reveals that each individual plant is subtly different from all the others.
Posted on January 4, 2018
This particular specimen of one of the flowers that came from the wild flower mix we sewed last summer rapidly outstripped – outgrew – all the rest. Shooting it from below – not that I had much choice – as it reaches for the sky reinforces the impression of ‘growth’.
Posted on January 2, 2018
Frank’s theme this week is ‘Recycle’, so this image works on two levels, I think.
Firstly, it’s an image of a poubelle – a rubbish bin – left out for emptying, and presumably recycling, in the next hamlet along from here.
Secondly, the image is itself recycled, because I’ve used a monochrome version before, in a post to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge a year or so ago.
Posted on November 9, 2017
Take a long enough time-scale and you could argue that everything is temporary. There’s all the difference in the world, in terms of longevity, between the Great Pyramid and a Higgs boson, however.
At the shorter end of the time frame there are, most obviously, fireworks and flowers.
So here are two images that illustrate the temporary life-cycle of a flower, from our garden earlier this year:
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Posted on August 17, 2017
This week’s photo challeneg from WordPress goes by the initially baffling title of ‘Ooh, shiny!’. In fact, it’s about the things that can distract us.
Rather like Andrea, who set the challenge, normally I’m pretty focused on whatever I happen to be doing at the time. However, if there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to send me running to get my camera – apart from rainbows – it’s spotting insects buzzing around our flowers.
In particular, I’ve tried on numerous occasions to get a half-decent image of this little creature, a Hummingbird Moth. It’s not easy, because they don’t remain still for any time at all: the exposure on this photo is 1/750th of a second and still the wings are blurred. However, I think I got the rest of it as right as I’m ever likely to, so I think it was worth the distraction.
Posted on August 2, 2017
Posted on August 2, 2017
This year, we (which is to say Madame) sowed a mix of bee-friendly wild flowers in a couple of our raised beds. The bees certainly like them and it’s interesting to see some flowers that I certainly haven’t encountered before – like this colourful and very bristly specimen.