At this time of year, although there are lots of wild fruits and berries, there are not so many other exciting plants to look at. This one, however, is of note – the silk tassel bush, or Garrya elliptica. Its stunning catkins last into the winter. Today, they caught my eye by the light of the morning sun.It's kind to share!
Just today, I found this advance on last week. It seems all the more like spring being not far away. There’s definitely something about flowers that typifies the triumph of gentleness in adversity. Three days of sleety rain didn’t stop these crocuses from putting in an appearance!It's kind to share!
Yes, it’s that time of year again – almost spring! I’ve always loved snowdrops, and I probably post a picture a bit like this every year. This time, I’ve given you the whole frame – the image hasn’t been cropped after capture. Also, this picture was taken with a prime (fixed focal length) lens, actually a 100mm macro.
By the time I arrived to take this shot, the winter afternoon light was already fading. I wound up the ISO setting to 3200, selected f/5 and shot at 1/15 of a second – relying on a dose of help from the camera’s shake reduction system!
I’m mentioning this as an example of what I’ve tried to explain before: newer and more expensive equipment won’t improve your skill as a photographer, but what it can do is extend your scope. One particular improvement noticeable on recent camera models, both DSLRs and others, is that good image quality is attainable when using high iso speeds – a great advantage in low light conditions!
The continued erratic weather patterns are still giving us surprises; I found this flowering currant in bloom just today. It seems that in winter these days, we aren’t left entirely without flowers, even though there are sometimes very few. I have a few dianthus blooms and winter pansies braving the cold!It's kind to share!
Witch hazel, or hamamelis mollis is one of the lovely shrubs that flower in winter. This one is in my dad’s garden; the flowers have a characteristic sweet scent. A very cheering sight on a dull winter day, and actually quite easy to grow.It's kind to share!
Looking around rather dejectedly (the dull weather wasn’t helping) I came across this clump of shoots – probably from daffodil bulbs. I know this isn’t much to look at in itself, but it was enough to cheer me up somewhat; a promise of better things to come!It's kind to share!
Wednesday last week began with a heavy white frost. This provides great opportunity for outdoor photography; frost does amazing things with the shapes and lines in plants, and bright sunlight at a low angle gives added punch. You just have to brave the climate, and get out there quickly!It's kind to share!
One of my favourite flowers because of its scent, the tiny florets of viburnum (about 5mm across) are very appealing to the macro photographer. I found these on the last day of January – a lovely combination of flowers, water, and sunshine!It's kind to share!