An unreliable memoir

Posts tagged “winter

Winter Plumage

Black-headed gull

It’s cold out there, brrr. The gulls have been back on the park for a few weeks now, but it’s all been Black-headed gulls until this week, when the first Common Gulls are starting to appear. Happy Winter!

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f6.3 600mm 1/350 ISO 400



Alder cone
“In winter flocks of siskin and redpoll frequent the reserve, feeding on alder.”

Too late, I think they already did.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm f32 70mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

An even older alder cone on the ground was covered with this yellow slime mold (?). Stupidly I didn’t photograph the characteristic yellow dendritic threads nearby which led me to identify it as a slime mold.

Slime mold


I’d quite like to stop posting pictures of ice, but with the weather as it is at present, fat chance.
I don’t know why the ice formed in this spiky shape – there were other ice droplets alongside it which were perfectly “normal”. So let’s just say, “Pretty, isn’t it?” and hope that Spring gets a move on.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm f32 70mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine
Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, doing what winter jasmine does best, spitting in the face of winter.
Gloomy light so diffused flash fill means the highlights are slightly blown unfortunately.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm f32 160mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

When I grow up I want to be an icicle

I still can’t offer you a snowy landscape, but since I was unhappy with my recent ice cube, at least I can offer you some better looking ice.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm ƒ32 70mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

Back To Work

Given that I don’t like most of the photographs I take, those I do like fall into two categories: point, snap, get lucky, and setting out to construct an image with an objective (partially) in mind. This image is mostly the latter. I saw the weak sun shining through the trees and deliberately defocused in an attempt to get some bokeh. The bokeh was as elusive as ever, but then I got the idea of focusing on and emphasising the branch in the foreground. After that, I decided I liked the circular composition so this image survived the cut, mostly because it has the gloomy atmosphere I was trying for.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm ƒ5.6  300mm 1/4000  ISO 200

Defrosting the car

Defrosting the Car
This was the inside of the windscreen. And this was the only photo I took today, the rest of the day being taken up by an unavoidable expedition up the M6 in the freezing fog, consisting of a repeating cycle of dodgy drivers, achingly beautiful unattainable photo opportunities, and terror.

iPhone 5s ƒ2.2 4.2mm 1/805 ISO 32