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, 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.

Found dead in my bedroom, this charming furry little moth looks as though he is wearing an ermine cloak. The name ‘White Ermine’ (Spilosoma lubricipeda) is most apt. I carried the little fellow to a lighter place where I could photograph him before taking him outside. Just look at those silken velvety wings with the fringed edges, that delightful furry head.

Do you think he used those comb-like antennae to brush his hair in the morning?  Amazing what details a macro lens can reveal.

Thanks to Ali at the Mindful Gardener for the ID of this moth. She also found a dead one this week and took photos of it. Please pop over to have a look as she turned her moth over and has views of the ‘undercarriage’.

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera and Macro 60mm lens.

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

Five Minutes with my Mother’s Day Bouquet

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, 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.

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera and Macro 60mm or 40-150mm lens.

Lisianthus
Germini (a little Gerbera)

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about the challenge. I’m sure she will enjoy this “Grand Pink Sorbet” of flowers as PINK is her favourite colour.

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, 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.

After the ‘Beast from the East’ departed I went to check on my spring flowers that had optimistically begun to flower. My Helleborus niger,  commonly called Christmas rose or black hellebore, was in a sad state. Several stems were broken and bent and the flowers soddened. I rescued one flower and brought it inside to use as the subject for a photo shoot with my macro lens. Because the flower was in a poor state I decided to cut it in half and see what shapes that would yield. Below are my results.

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera and Macro 60mm lens.

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

Five Minutes with Sweet-Peas

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.

This year I had a head start with my sweet-peas, but not all the seeds I planted germinated so I wasn’t expecting as many flowers as last year. This is the first tiny bunch I picked in late June. Beautiful rich jewel-like colours and a pure white. All smelling absolutely gorgeous.

On a brief visit back home last weekend I picked dozens of the blooms, but didn’t have time to photograph them. I only hope by the time I get home again there will still be some left!

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera  and 40-150mm lens, hand-held.

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

Five Minutes with Narcissus

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.

Still on the spring theme, this week I am having a play with a vase of narcissus which are currently bringing cheer to my house.

Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus. Narcissus has conspicuous flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup- or trumpet-shaped corona. The flowers are generally white or yellow (orange or pink in garden varieties), with either uniform or contrasting coloured tepals and corona. Wikipedia

All photos were taken using my Macro 60mm lens and an art effect on the Olympus E-10 camera.

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about this fun challenge which doesn’t have to involve macros.

Five Minutes with hyacinths

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.

Today, in the rare event of no breeze, I took the opportunity to photograph the hyacinths flowering in a pot outside my front door. Although slightly bent and battered by the recent storm, Doris, they were doing their best to hold their heads up high.

I hadn’t realised that they had green tips to the petals until now.

And I only wish I could transfer some of the wondrous perfume on to this page for you to inhale.

All photos were taken using my Macro 60mm lens, hand-held.

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

Five Minutes with Crocus vernus

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.

This week I chose a crocus from my garden. I took it indoors to photograph out of the wind and placed it on top of a blue glass dish in my conservatory which gets a lot of light. I was particularly fascinated by the reproductive structure – three feathery stigmas and three anthers. The petals appear iridescent and shiny.

And afterwards I couldn’t help playing with the editing software:

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera  and Macro 60 mm lens.

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

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.