Tuesdays of Texture: Not sure what it is, but it doesn’t look great…

Down by the river in Confolens there’s a dead tree stump, with this growing on it. I’m guessing it’s a fungus of some sort.

Tuesdays of Texture is hosted by Narami at De Monte Y Mar

Tuesdays of Texture: Gnarled

It’s too early in the year to be able to say for sure what exactly this moss-covered tree (bush?) is, but it’s espaliered against part of the old ramparts of the town of Confolens – and obviously has been for some time:


Tuesdays of Texture

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 23 – Trees

On a clear and frosty morning, the sun shines through the line of oak trees that borders one of our fields.

Sun and Frost

Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 23 – Trees

Tuesdays of Texture: Moss

I found this moss growing on a tree in the Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow in central Scotland. The texture (and colour) of the tree bark is also interesting.


Tuesdays of Texture

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Nature

The 52 Week Photo Challenge is back after its brief year-end hiatus and the topic for Week 22 is ‘Nature’. That’s certainly something that leaves plenty of scope, but I decided to go with something that’s typical for the time of year.

This is a detail from one of the oak trees in my fields. We are in the depths of winter, so obviously last year’s leaves are dead, but at the same time you can see the buds that will produce new leaves when spring arrives.


52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Nature

Macro Moments: Week 24 – A slice of fungus

It’s by no means unusual to see strange and rather sinister things growing on tree trunks. However, this fungus was unusual in that it looked as if somebody had cut a segment out of it, revealing the dark, almost liverish, interior – which was, if anything, even more unsettling.

This photograph was taken in the garden of George Sand’s house at Nohant, in central France.


Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 70mm. 1/90 at ƒ5.6 ISO3200 (it was quite gloomy among the trees). Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 24

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 14 – Winter

As it happens we woke up this morning to our first significant frost of the year – a sure sign that winter is on its way. It had all thawed before I could get my camera out, but here’s a winter scene that I photographed a couple of years ago during a walk ‘around the block’ (about three miles). The low sun on the barren tree in the foreground made the whole image stand out for me.


52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 14 – Winter