For years I shunned bright colours in my garden. The only orange flowered plants I kept from the original garden layout were the Hemerocallis fulva Kwanso featured in an earlier post. Any red flowers were all dark reds, they veered towards the blue spectrum with no hint of orange allowed. Then suddenly, in my autumn years, I realized that I was enjoying other gardeners borders full of brightly coloured late flowerers as much as my own pastel drifts of asters, anemones and phlox. Out came the spade and the Hot Flush bed started to evolve.
This summer I added Helenium Septemberfuchs…..
….. and Crocosmia Carmine Brilliant
Two very different images shot five minutes apart.
I spotted this hare as I walked home …………
when I walked into the garden the sun was in the lilac …….
I like the contrast between these two pictures taken during the same sunset; the soft rays across the stubble and the burning sphere in the foliage. The tree behind the lilac is actually about 400 yards away and this was the first time this year that I managed to catch the exact moment when the gap in its branches allows the sun to shine through the gap in the lilac’s branches.
I took my mug of tea and a journal out to the pond; I couldn’t believe my eyes when another dragonfly settled on my boot the moment I stood still.
I took a few more pictures then sat down very slowly but it did not move
Several minutes later I slid a piece of grass underneath the dragonfly and held it right in front of my face; annoyingly I did not have a macro lens on the camera and had to stretch out both my arms to get the next shot so it’s not properly focussed on the dragonfly
I just had to show you that I hadn’t reached my dragonfly zenith after all.
I have set myself new writing targets for September; stepping back from the WIP and concentrating on improving my photography has helped me to regain enthusiasm for finishing the novel. A huge ” thank-you” to everyone who has liked and/or left kind comments in response to the photographic posts as the positive feedback really helped to keep depression at bay. These are the last butterfly shots for 2013.
I took the photo of the Small Copper butterfly last week on the marjoram that has been covered in bees and butterflies all summer
Yesterday some Speckled Wood butterflies were flying in a small group along the edge of a belt of trees; they completely ignored me
This one was darker than the others; it looks a bit moth-eaten!
I couldn’t get a clear shot of the underside; this was the best effort
I don’t know anything about identifying grasshoppers but this little creature appeared in front of me on a reed
I knew I had a good shot but I waited to see if I could capture the face
Afraid that it was disappearing I snatched that picture too quickly without getting the focus right but, a moment later, the hopper reappeared from the far side of the reed and I had my shot of the day
I had a telephoto lens on the camera as I was trying to capture a shot of a strangely exotic-looking bird (focus failure!) but when this dragonfly landed next to me I stepped back about 5 feet and took the photo below. I think it looks like a picture of a plastic toy, reminiscent of childhood purchases from Woolworths. The reflective quality of the wings almost certainly means that this is a recently hatched dragonfly (female teneral common darter??)
I walked to the house, switched the lens, and went back out not really expecting the dragonfly to still be around so I was delighted to find it in the same spot. This is the first time I have managed to take a series of shots of the same one; I think I may have reached my zenith where dragonflies are concerned so these will be the last photographs of them on my blog this year.