Macro Monday #69

click to enlarge to full size The second flower to bloom in my garden on February 11th. Though with far fewer buds than last year.

Five Minutes with a dying Helleborus niger

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

Macro Monday #68

(click to enlarge to full size) A new crocus in the garden, Crocus tommasinianus, an early flowering species and the absolute classic, mini mauve candle. Planted in a shallow bowl this year along with Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ and some miniature daffodils, but they will go into the grass after flowering where they should self-seed and spread. Loved…

Macro Monday #67

(click to enlarge to full size) The first flower in my garden this year.

Tree Series #25

Sun setting on Butser Hill. The last tree for a while. Next Monday we’ll be back to macro photos of flowers as it will be the beginning of spring (meteorological that is)

Tree Series #24

Butser Hill, a chalk hill in Hampshire, close to the Surrey/West Sussex county borders, is the second highest point of the South Downs (Blackdown is the highest). It is located within the borders of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, situated about three miles south of the historic market town of Petersfield. Once close to where we lived it provided the…