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…
Sulphur Tuft, Hypholoma fasciculare. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/180 ISO 100
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
Dog Vomit Slime Mould, Fuligo septica. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f11 1/250 ISO 100
iPhone 5s 4.15mm f/2.2 1/912 ISO 32
Phew, lets take a break from the excitement of Dragonfly Week by staring at this pretty bunch of flowers.
The observant may notice I snuck a soldier beetle in there. Sorry the white balance if a bit off, this is a compact camera jpeg taken in near darkness so not as much room for processing as with a RAW file.
Yellow Rattle has very positive associations for me – summer, meadows, insects, biodiversity – just seeing the first flowers of the year makes me happy. A thing of beauty and an increasing rarity. Yellow rattle is a “hemi-parasite” reducing the vigour of meadow grasses which would otherwise choke many wildflowers. Its appearance in a meadow is likely to be the sign of a biologically diverse site (orchid watch!), but yellow rattle is loathed by farmers who are interested in growing grass not flowers.
Please excuse the poor image, taken in a hurry in very poor light. Moments after this shot we beat a hasty retreat from the Longhorn bull on conservation grazing duty…
Skunk cabbage, Lysichiton americanus
Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f4 1/90 ISO 100
Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm f11 +32mm 190mm 1/90 ISO 1000