Saturday 26 January 2013

Autumn Fungi

Last autumn I made a couple of trips to the Charnwood Forest here in Leicestershire to photograph fungi. The wet weather throughout the summer and autumn months meant I didn't have to look too hard to find some, with Amethyst Deceiver being particularly plentiful.

The main challenges when photographing fungi are to find attractive specimens that have yet to succumb to slugs, that are accessible and have some space behind them to avoid too much background clutter. At times it can seen rather difficult to satisfy these conditions. Nevertheless, on these trips I managed to return with a handful of images that I was reasonably pleased with.


First, a trio of unidentified mushrooms (probably Mycena sp.)

Secondly, a group of Sulphur Tuft mushrooms

Finally, another trio, this time of Amethyst Deceiver

These three images were taken with a Canon 60D (the articulated screen is great for fungi images) and a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I also took a number of wideangle fungi images with my fisheye lens, I'll include those in an upcoming post.

Sunday 20 January 2013

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

On a cool, breezy day last September I was lucky enough to find this male Migrant Hawker dragonfly in my garden. He was clearly too cold to fly and actually so cold that some of the normally blue patches on his abdomen had turned grey, something I'd read about before but never seen.

Anyway, it's not everyday that you get the opportunity to photograph a co-operative dragonfly so I took a number of images.


Tuesday 15 January 2013


I'm pleased to say that one of my Globular Springtail images is on the front cover of the 'The Buzz', the new magazine launched by the invertebrate charity Buglife.


Buglife do a great job promoting and protecting invertebrates. More information can be found on their website and they can also be followed on Facebook.

While Buglife do a great job, sadly the designers/printers that they used on this occasion did not do such a great job - they printed the low resolution version of the image. Thankfully it doesn't look too bad but the high resolution version would have looked better!

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Miscellaneous Meet Your Neighbours Images

I've had very little opportunity to get out with my camera in recent weeks so I'm still working through images from last summer I'm afraid. I have a number of 'Meet Your Neighbours' images which haven't featured in previous blog posts so I thought I might as well put them all together into one post.


First, a Drone Fly

A Common Green Grasshopper (I posted a similar image previously but not this actual one)

A Soldier Beetle on a dew covered seedhead

A Small Skipper butterfly

An Oak Bush Cricket

A Common Frog

A Leafhopper - Cicadella viridis

Finally, this next image is something of a rarity. For reasons I'm not entirely sure of, I very rarely photograph plants and flowers. In fact, I could count on one hand the number of flower images that I have taken. Anyway, this flower is called Betony.