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

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Definitely Yellow

This week’s Tuesday Challenge at Dutch Goes The Photo is to post an image of something yellow.

I don’t know what these flowers are called, but they are most definitely yellow.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

This blossom on a silk tree is lovely now, but will soon be reduced to the dried, shrivelled state of its neighbour.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This slightly blown rose was standing all alone in the nearby village of Lesterps and for some reason which I cannot now remember I was unable to get very close to it for a conventional sharp flower image.

However, by cropping as I have and retaining some of the blurred, out-of-focus background (reinforced by a little vignetting and dehazing in Lightroom) I think it stands out at least as well as it would have done if it filled the whole frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus


For the past week or so our ceanothus bush has been a-buzz with flying insects, including this large black beetle.

Nice to use a little selective colour for a change too.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Flies