Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations


Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

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’.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

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.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shiny

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Three

These  three flowers were found in Monet’s Garden at Giverny:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Three

Tuesdays of Texture: Wild Flowers

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.

Tuesdays of Texture 1 August 2017