Macro Monday #80

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.  ~ Imogen Cunningham. (click to enlarge to full size) My final tulip this year (I know I have gone on a bit) is this pretty purple one performing its last dance. Tulips give so much pleasure even in their dying moments. As…

“Condensational”

Days of coastal fog can be so annoying as the temperatures drop and the air is damp. One positive result is how condensation is formed on the tulips in the courtyard. The jewel-like colours sparkle with diamonds. Daily Post Photo Challenge | Liquid

Macro Monday #73

(click to enlarge to full size) When I first saw these plants emerging from the ground in my new garden I had no idea what they were. Flowers or weeds? I would have to wait and see until they grew, but given the quantity I was really hoping they weren’t weeds. In fact this is…

Autumn blues: take a closer look

The name earwig is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning “ear creature,” probably because of a widespread ancient superstition that earwigs crawl into the ears of sleeping people. The earwig has a pair of horny forceps-like tail filaments, or pincers, at the posterior end of the abdomen, with those of the male being larger and of…

WPC: Glow

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Macro Monday #43

(click to enlarge to full size) Not only is this flower only here for a short time, it is also home to several transients. A fly, a hoverfly and the hairiest bee I have ever seen! WPC: Transient

It IS easy being green…

…when you live in a county that is constantly shrouded in hill fog and sea mist and damp mizzle. There is a lot of green in the south-west country – the gently rolling pastureland where sheep and cattle graze to their hearts content. But sometimes something a little different like this Agave plant growing in…

Festival of Leaves: You’re so Vein

Some things that we take for granted, like leaves on a tree which appear so ordinary, become (extra)ordinary when viewed close-up. What do you see? Rivers and their tributaries? Road maps? The back of your hand? Join in with this autumn challenge

Garden Portrait: Berrington Hall Walled Garden

I mentioned the walled garden, which is near the mansion house, on my recent walk in Berrington Hall’s parkland . This walled garden has been transformed over the last few years and at this time of year is full of vibrant colour as well as a heavily laden orchard. Step inside Behind the potting shed is…