Five Minutes with a ‘White Ermine’ Moth

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new meme 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,…

Cooling

It rained this morning. The flowers were very grateful for the drink and even the magpies came into the garden for a wash and brush-up in the ‘bird bath’ Lens Artists Photo Challenge | Cooling

Macro Monday #85

(click to enlarge to full size) Hebe ‘Silver Queen’ (Hebe elliptica ‘Variegata’) has variegated yellow and green leaves and a deep rich violet-blue flower which appears in summer and in the late autumn / winter. Attracts hoverflies too – though I didn’t see the chappy in the right-hand corner until viewing this image on the…

Macro Monday #84

(click to enlarge to full size) Melianthus major or honey flower is one of 6 species that are indigenous to South Africa. The exotic looking plant has gorgeous serrated leaves with pleated centres and has bright red flowers which cluster at the base of the leaves. The plant is also known as “don’t-touch-me-bush”  in South…

Macro Monday #83

(click to enlarge to full size) Geranium x ‘Magnificum’ from behind.

Plant Portrait

(click to enlarge to full size) I often walk around my garden with my camera in one hand and secateurs in the other.  This little moth / butterfly was very busy swooping down on my hardy geraniums that I couldn’t get a clear shot. But I quite like the movement in this one and hope…

Plant Portrait

(click to enlarge to full size) A common sight in the gardens or lanes at this time of year. And there is something so very delightful on seeing a bee disappear into a foxglove and hearing it buzzing around inside like a helicopter in a hangar. I try to plant bee and butterfly friendly flowers…

Macro Monday #81

(click to enlarge to full size) A large deciduous shrub with grey-felted shoots. Grey-hairy leaves, flowers: pendent saucer-shaped purple-blue on long stalks. Commonly known as: Chinese lantern, Flowering maple, Parlour maple.