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Science of the Invisible Education costs money. Ignorance costs more.



 



Moving

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:27:43 +0100

Pondering moving this blog from WordPress.com to Blogger. I finally got fed up with not being able to find a template that does just what I want – simplicity (with a grey background!).

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Wood Anemone

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:03:08 +0100

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The Wood Anemones are past their best here now. Spring marches on, but slowly this year – our annual butterflies (that don’t overwinter as adults) are a month late – no County records for Orange Tip or Holly Blue yet.

Anemone nemorosa.

Nikon D7200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/400 ISO 400

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Fronds Nikon D7200 Tokina 100mm f5.6 1/50 ISO 200

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:02:51 +0100

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Fronds

Nikon D7200 Tokina 100mm f5.6 1/50 ISO 200




By The Dawn’s Early Light In the Golden Hour. Nikon D7200...

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:11:03 +0100

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By The Dawn’s Early Light

In the Golden Hour. Nikon D7200 Tamron 17-50mm f16 17mm 1/60 ISO 100




Legs

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:01:05 +0100

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Harvestman, Opilio canestrinii.
Nikon D7200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/250 ISO 100

Looking bashful:
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Winter Colours

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:49:01 +0100

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The green lacewings are quite difficult to tell apart. Fortunately, Chrysoperla carnea still in its subdued winter colours is reasonably easy to spot (much harder later in the year when it’s green like all the others), especially if you get close enough to see the hairy veins on the wings.

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Early Doors Frosty pre-dawn start this morning for a dawn...

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:00:36 +0100

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Early Doors

Frosty pre-dawn start this morning for a dawn chorus walk with the local wildlife group. Nikon D7200 Tamron 17-50mm f11 17mm 1/160 ISO 100.




How did you spend your day?

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:59:06 +0100

How did you spend your day?

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Too wet to do much outside today and there were a few domestic tasks that needed attention, so in the end I spent much of the morning counting the pores on the hind leg of a centipede. Heaven!

The Western Yellow Centipede is an interesting beastie, the UK’s longest at up to 70mm.

Western Yellow Centipede, Stigmatogaster subterranea.
Nikon D7200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/250 ISO 100

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Field Wood-rush

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:17:51 +0100

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There seems to be a growing trend on Instagram for hi-key minimalism, including some rather nice arty “botanical” shots, so I thought I’d have a go. In the end, this macro image won out though, and my hi-key effort turned out to be not that hi-key after all. That’s OK, I’ll filter the s**t out of it on Instagram. Also known as “Good Friday Grass”, Luzula campestriswas a week late around these…

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The Last Post

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:58:02 +0100

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The Last Post




Danish Scurvygrass

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 15:13:27 +0100

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If you’ve been paying attention you’ll have noticed the white froth along all the major roads at the moment. If you pull off and investigate, it looks like this. Danish Scurvygrass was unknown inland 50 years ago, but with the ever increasing tonnage of salt risk-averse councils pour onto the roads each year this seaside plant has taken advantage of the niche we have built for it.

Danish…

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I’m feeling lucky I’m still trying to love the Nik...

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 16:37:28 +0100

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I’m feeling lucky

I’m still trying to love the Nik Collection. One thing I have learned so far - it’s a huge time sink.




An appeal on behalf of the Varied Carpet Beetle The Varied...

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:17:54 +0100

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An appeal on behalf of the Varied Carpet Beetle

The Varied Carpet Beetle Anthrenus verbasci, is experiencing a tough time. While in former years its famous “Woolly Bear” larvae munched their way through your winter woolies and Axminsters, now they can only blunt their mandibles on your acrylic Christmas jumpers and your polypropylene shag pile.




Leiobunum blackwalli I really like this shot, it’s so...

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:05:29 +0100

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Leiobunum blackwalli

I really like this shot, it’s so alien. Harvestman, Leiobunum blackwalli.




Guilty Pleasures Focus stacking - the ideal occupation for a...

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:18:16 +0100

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Guilty Pleasures

Focus stacking - the ideal occupation for a rainy day. Over the last year I’ve spent more and more time taking photographs of smaller and smaller objects.




# TwelveTrees: March The TwelveTrees project.

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:34:44 +0100

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# TwelveTrees: March

The TwelveTrees project.




An Easter Egg You may have missed the news that Google has just...

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:22:34 +0000

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An Easter Egg

You may have missed the news that Google has just made the Nik Collection free. (If you bought it in the last year you can get a refund.




Off the mark I’m relieved to finally get my butterfly...

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:38:41 +0000

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Off the mark

I’m relieved to finally get my butterfly season off the mark with a Brimstone and a Peacock today. I feel I’ve been letting the side down! Brimstone Butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni




Oval

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:03:11 +0000

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Oval (from Latin ovum, “egg”) a closed curve in a plane which loosely resembles the outline of an egg.

I’ve spent a lot of time recently photographing and processing complex natural shapes (all those crinkly bits!) so it’s a nice change to slip into a bit of minimalism. I fretted for a while that the black eclipse line didn’t line up with the equator of the egg before I thought about the…

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Eyes in the back of their heads

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:05:25 +0000

Eyes in the back of their heads

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Jumping spiders are a firm favourite with photographers and it’s easy to know why. Unlike most spiders, they stand their ground and stare you in the eye, sometimes even displaying to the camera using the elaborate visual language they employ if they happen to catch sight of their reflection in the lens. It’s hard to think of a more visually-oriented animal than this – and before you say “hawk”,…

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