Five Minutes with snowdrops

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new weekly challenge called “regularrandom for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter.

Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object, and shoot for just five minutes.   You can move around the object or scene but try not to interfere with it. See what happens in that five minutes, what changes, how the light changes, what comes into the frame or leaves the frame, or what other parts of the object you can focus on or use to your advantage.

Bearing this in mind during a recent visit to a Cornish garden (Trebah) the following are my 5 minutes with snowdrops.


Having wandered around the garden for an hour or so, I found a clump of snowdrops high enough on a bank behind a bench that I could focus on. Fortunately there was hardly a breath of wind, but the sun was behind a cloud to begin with and then came out again. Although my focus was on the flowers themselves, I did become a little distracted by the water droplets on some of them.


All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera and Macro 60mm lens. First time out this year. There were more shots taken in the five minutes, but some were a lot less than perfect. Methinks I need to practice.

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about the challenge.

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It really helps to find your subject on a bank doesn’t it? I had to lie flat on my tummy to photograph crocus once, the result still wasn’t perfect and I don’t think I’d try now. Snowdrops are perfection, great shots Jude,especially the last.
    I wish you wouldn’t keep tempting me with your macros, I really wanted to keep my photography simple with just my standard lens, but it cams with a zoom as well and the 60mm is enticing . . . .
    Nope, stop it G, you’re not going there 🙂

    1. Sue says:

      Oh, go on, you know you want to!!

    2. Heyjude says:

      No way could I lie down now to take a photo – well I could, but I’d never get up again! Even these were difficult to get at, I was half perched on the bench. People passing must have thought me quite mad. I need to get a good zoom lens, but then I also fancy a faster prime – so much temptation!

      1. Sometimes I wonder what people must think when I’m in an awkward position trying to get the perfect background in a photo. You’ve done well, Jude. These snowdrops are lovely.

  2. Denzil says:

    Such a delicate dewdrop on the petal of the first flower!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Raindrop I imagine Denzil – there were a lot of puddles around! I was trying to capture another one, but it came out far too blurred to publish.

  3. Sue says:

    Lovely post, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sue. DJ’s challenge would suit you and your still-life photography.

      1. Sue says:

        Maybe! When I have more time….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well they look delicate – like dancing ballerinas – but they must be tough to flower in winter.

  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    So beautiful! Lots of Gardens up here are advertising Snowdrop Frstivals right now so we really must get out and see some.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They don’t last long do they? I will try and visit another garden advertising snowdrop walks next weekend. But it all depends on the weather.

      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        Not looking too bad here for the weekend – hope you get it fine too!

  5. rusty duck says:

    Love raindrops on petals. I get distracted by them too. Great shots Jude. And am very envious of you going to Trebah. One of my favourite gardens.

  6. desleyjane says:

    Oh Jude, these are divine! I love that first one with that delicious black space and gorgeous droplet. Stunning. Thanks so much for joining in!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had you in mind as I walked around the garden, and have one more for you next week 🙂

      1. desleyjane says:

        Oooo exciting! I haven’t done mine yet!!!!

  7. restlessjo says:

    I absolutely agreed with Jessica (Rusty Duck 🙂 ). I was wondering if a walk might be coming my way but these are lovely and DJ’s challenge is a great one for you.
    You won’t be sighing when you see my Monday walk. It’s a very English one 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I will get to write a post about the garden – still catching up with the east coast trip!

      1. restlessjo says:

        No hurry 🙂 I was just fishing.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Hee hee… now I have an image in my head of you as a little gnome with fishing rod in hand.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Better than sitting on the pier 🙂 Have you got a nice spot for me?

  8. Ah, against all hope, I found a snowdrop blooming in my garden today. Thank you, Jude, for the lovely reminder that spring returns 🙂

  9. BeckyB says:

    Gorgeous . . . . . was one of the delights returning this weekend to England was seeing snowdrops in the garden. Too cold though for me to spend even five minutes out there, so going to enjoy looking at yours from every angle instead 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes it has been rather chilly this weekend, even down here I have noticed the difference!

  10. Sherri says:

    I think your snowdrops close ups are just lovely Jude…I wish I could find the time to join in with these wonderful challenges and get some practice in with my new camera. One day…one thing at a time! Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy your gorgeous photos as often as I can… 🙂 xxx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Enjoy Sherri and good luck with the writing 🙂

      1. Sherri says:

        Thanks Jude 🙂 xx

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