An unreliable memoir

Archive for October, 2015

The Darker The Day


“The darker the day, the brighter the Spindle”, as they say.

They being me.

Just now.

Spindle, Euonymus europaeus. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f5 150mm 1/90 ISO 320


Fairy Inkcaps

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

Dock Bug

Dock Bug

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

#MonoMonday in Pink


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.

Absolutely mad.

Wood Pinkgill, Entoloma rhodopolium. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/180 ISO 100

Wood Pinkgill

The Last Hawker

Southern Hawker

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

Yellow Club

Yellow Club

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

Shelduck Crossing


Dabble dabble dabble.
Meep Meep.

Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600 mm f6.3 600mm 1/250 ISO 400

Common Puffball

Common Puffball

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