“The darker the day, the brighter the Spindle”, as they say.
They being me.
Spindle, Euonymus europaeus. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f5 150mm 1/90 ISO 320
Fairy Inkcaps, Coprinellus disseminatus. Sony DSC-HX20V f/3.5 5.6mm 1/15 ISO 800
This land is mine.
In the cold days to come I will need every scrap of food it provides to survive.
If you come on my land I will fight you.
I will stab you with my beak.
When the days get longer and warmer I will sing and sing until a female comes.
I will share my land with her.
We will use this land to raise a brood.
Until then this land is mine.
Robin, Erithacus rubecula. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f6.3 600mm 1/500 ISO 320
Yeah, OK, so it’s not completely in focus (Ahem!) but I love the pattern on the back of the wing cases. On a cold grey afternoon a late hatch of Dock Bugs provided the main insect-based entertainment.
Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus. Sony DSC-HX20V f3.5 6.1mm 1/100 ISO 500
With a few exceptions such as the Fly Agaric, most fungi and not noted for their colour. Mostly, it’s all brown or grey. So if you found a fungus with the most beautifully delicate pink gills, you’d be mad to shoot it in black and white.
Wood Pinkgill, Entoloma rhodopolium. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/180 ISO 100
A dragonfly flew through the garden a few days ago but much too fast to be identified from the window. Then yesterday, two Southern Hawkers jousting with hornets from a nearby nest (it was a draw).
I have a feeling this might be my last dragonfly of the season.
Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f6.3 460mm 1/250 ISO 640
This season, my neglected lawn has been a delight. We keep most of it reasonably short, but it has provided us with a constant stream of tiny wild flowers, and more recently, fungi. I was delighted with a good crop of Parrot Waxcaps recently, but I’m even more charmed by the current covering of tiny Yellow Club fungi. It’s a mini macro safari out there!
Yellow Club, Clavulinopsis helvola. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/250 ISO 100
Dabble dabble dabble.
Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600 mm f6.3 600mm 1/250 ISO 400
This photography lark, it’s all about the light, innit?
Common Puffball, Lycoperdon perlatum. Sony DSC-HX20V f3.5 5.4mm 1/30 ISO 640