Mediterranean Spurge

This is a close-up view of the intricate flower of a Mediterranean Spurge, a plant I had never seen – or even heard of – before, but which is growing strongly in my son’s garden.

To give an idea of scale, the green ovoid disc of which the flower is at the heart is no more than a centimetre (about a third of an inch) in diameter.

CMMC 4 May 2022

Sprouting garlic

Although it doesn’t usually get the chance, this time some of our garlic has ‘gone over’. We’ll plant it out and see what happens…

CMMC April 2022 Macro

Fresh Cabbage

Who knew? Even cabbages can be interesting when you get up close to them – especially when they are as good and fresh as these, seen on a stall at the excellent Saturday market in Perigueux.

CMMC 2 March 2022

Looking Into The Lily

It’s macro week in Cee’s ongoing midweek challenge.

This is another image captured on my iPhone using the Halide photo app, which features what I think is a pretty impressive macro capability.

CMMC: November Macro

The only good hornet…

Apologies to Cee, who I know doesn’t really like creepy-crawlies, but just this once I wanted to plead her indulgence.

This evil-looking b*****d is a hornet (‘frelon’ in French) and you don’t mess with them. Their sting is extremely painful and toxic and they are psychopathic about using it.

Swat one and they release a pheromone that summons the swarm. Do that outdoors and you’d better get inside and close the doors and windows pretty sharpish, because their mates will be round looking for revenge. Swat one indoors – well, just stay there.

At this time of year they are dying off (how sad; never mind) and this specimen was crawling on our doorframe one morning, barely alive and about to breathe its last. I wouldn’t have got so close with my smartphone otherwise.

Sorry again, Cee.

CMMC: Macro 6 October 2021

Raindrops on roses #3

A familiar subject and one I’ve ‘done’ a couple of times before.

This image is different to the others, but as I’ve said before, don’t expect whiskers on kittens any time soon.

CMMC 1 September 2021

The Heart Of The Sun(flower)

This year, Jean-Claude – who farms 40 hectares of land around here – has sunflowers as his principal crop. If you’re savvy to the back roads you can get pretty close to them.

CMMC 4 August 2021

Ethereal White

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

It’s a seashell

In case you were wondering…Found on a beach in Abu Dhabi.

CMMC 30 June 2021

The Snail

I spotted this little snail lurking on a rosebush.

CMMC 2 June 2021