My Sunday Photo: 7 January 2018

SupermoonOn New Year’s Day there was a so-called ‘supermoon’. This is when the moon appears larger because it is at a point where it is closest to the Earth. It is interesting that the Moon’s orbit is not, in fact, a perfect circle with the Earth at its centre! The Moon’s mean distance from us is about 384,400 kilometres. However, this can vary between around 356,400 km and 406,700 km! On this occasion it was about 363,300 km away and so was quite spectacular when the sky was clear!

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My Sunday Photo: 31 December 2017

Young GullsI saw these water birds yesterday afternoon (Saturday) on the lake at Wollaton Park, Nottingham – one of my favourite haunts, as some of you know. I think they are quite young seagulls who are finding the winter coastal weather a bit rough, but I’m not exactly sure what kind they are. If anyone can enlighten me, I shall be delighted!

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My Sunday Photo: 24 December 2017

White PelargoniumIt’s Christmas Eve – and the weather is absurdly warm! No chance of delicate fragments of crystallised water falling from the sky. I just thought the colour and texture of this white pelargonium might be a little bit suitably seasonal! I love using macro photography to see the wonder of plant life, though – at any time of year!

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My Sunday Photo: 17 December 2017

Bracken in WinterI found this bracken earlier today, and thought, at first, what a powerful single-colour study it made. Looking more closely, however, I saw that it wasn’t entirely brown; here and there were several intriguing little green shoots. I thought this was surprising, considering the recent very cold weather. The water droplets you can see are from frost that is only just melting!

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My Sunday Photo: 3 December 2017

Mistletoe in Apple TreeDecember again, already…! I noticed how much of this there was in an old apple tree I have. Somehow, it’s strange to think of mistletoe as a parasitic plant; there’s no such thing as a mistletoe tree!
Until fairly recently, mistletoe was considered to be little more than a pest that damaged the host tree (other than its links with Christmas time!) but it does, in fact, make a positive ecological contribution.

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My Sunday Photo: 26 November 2017

IMGP1978Today, I wanted to convey the wintery chill along with the autumn colours. I found how to do this without really thinking about it very much. As it happened, it was convenient to shoot into the afternoon light, giving the bluish reflections from the wet leaves near the top of the picture. Does it make you shiver?

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My Sunday Photo: 19 November 2017

English Landscape DetailI took this shot only today. Out in the countryside, I happened to notice The way the sunlight was lighting up what appears to be a kind of clearing in this wooded area (this photo was taken from some distance away.) At this time of year, there are often interesting effects like this, due to the low angle of the sun’s rays.

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That Firefly Phil bloke, still knocking out photography and other stuff.