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Common Stork’s-bill

Common Storks-bill

Not so common any more.

Common Stork’s-bill, Erodium cicutarium.
Sony DSC-HX20V f3.5 5.9mm 1/800 ISO 100



Supercoiling occurs when a structure such as these three elastic bands relieves the helical stress of overtwisting by twisting around itself.

Do you remember when,
Things were really hummin’,
Yeah, let’s twist again,
Twistin’ time is here!


Nikon D7200, EL Nikkor 50mm f2.8N (reversed), f5.6, 1/80 ISO 800, 12 image focus stack.

The Centipede In The Bath

Lithobius melanops

Lithobius melanops.
Nikon D7200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/250 ISO 100

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

Common Blackclock Beetle

In an attempt to become more god-like, I am cultivating an inordinate fondness for beetles. They’re not the easiest insects to photograph, and in fact, this whole god thing is hard work – you only get one day a week off.

The Black Clock Beetle is a large (15-20 mm) shiny black ground beetle which is predatory on many ground-living invertebrates, but the adults also eat some plant material.

Black Clock Beetle, Pterostichus madidus.

The Chain

The Chain

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain.

I shot this against a variety of backgrounds. Unexpectedly, the plain black and white backgrounds produced boring images while the red-on-red version I thought would never work was the best. Makes the pain of having to eat a Lindor mini Easter egg to get the red foil for the bokeh wall worthwhile.

5 image focus stack.

HDR Primrose

HDR Primrose

I’m pretty happy with my focus stacking efforts now – it doesn’t always work but that’s the nature of the beast. HDR remains an elusive mystery to me. It must be time to register at the University of YouTube again…

Fiat L.E.D.


In the beginning Edison created the light bulb.
And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And CREE said, Let there be LEDs; and there was light.

LEDs have come a long way in a short time. Don’t confuse the current generation of high output LEDs with the cheap battery powered and solar crap you can buy. These 6500K CREEs pack a real punch.

And yes, since you ask, I am a bit of an LED nerd.

Traditions Collide

Traditions Collide

Modern Tradition: Two week post-Christmas Skiing holiday (Spending the Kids Inheritance).
Victorian Tradition: Save up all your life for a stone memorial.



Dahling, that glittery vajazzle is sooo last Christmas.


Glitter. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f5.6 1/180 ISO 100