On Friday we took a look at Panshanger Park, near Hertford. More info hereĀ Panshanger Park

Plenty of walking space across open fields and through wooded areas. To cover the whole are you’ll need a few hours – downside to this : no toilet facilities ( that we found ) and no refreshments ( that we found ). But still, a place to visit.

Some images from our trip : The Osprey Lake

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A colourful Peacock butterfly, sun-basking on a rough path.

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Cardinal Beetles securing their future

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Be careful what you say – these trees have ears.

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All taken on the Olympus EM-1 Mk 11 with a 12-100mm Pro Lens

August Favourite

Dragonflies mating on a grass stem at Walton on the Naze on the Essex Coast.
They weer kind enough to hang around. Maybe they had other things on their minds!
Nikon D800, 70mm macro lens, ISO 1000, 1/160 sec at f/18 – handheld.

May Favourite

Choosing a favourite for this month was a tough one – it was the month that Daphne and I went to Atlanta and then drove up through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Assateague Nature Reserve and on to Washington, from where we flew home.
So having to bring it down to one image was not easy. But I decided upon this one – a Great White Egret fishing at Assateague.
Taken on the D800 with a 70 – 300mm lens at 200mm and ISO 200: giving me f/5.6 at 1/1000 sec. It was that fast shutter speed that I needed to catch those water droplets.


Not a new picture this one – but I came across it as I was looking for something completely different.

This is a macro shot of a bumble bee drinking honey from a chopping board.

Taken on my previous camera, a Nikon D300, with 70mm macro lens, ISO 200, 1/60 at f/11 – and a touch of off-camera flash.

Black and White

We tend to think of wildlife images as being full colour, but as I was looking at this image of a butterfly after I had loaded it onto my computer I thought that perhaps there was another way of seeing the image.

Not wanting to deny in any way the beauty of the butterfly, I do feel that the conversion into black and white does add another dimension to the picture. Somehow it helps us to concentrate on the textures and the shapes it contains, elements that can sometimes be lost behind that blaze of colour. So maybe this is where Art and Nature meet, without either one denying the value of the other.

Controversial? Not me!

Garden Visitor

Found this chap (?) in my garden hiding under a pile of old logs and leaves. He posed happily for me until I got too close at which point he scuttled off under some foliage.

I was using that same 105mm macro lens plus the 1.4x teleconvereter on my D800, and I’m really pleased with the result.
But look how narrow the depth of focus is! And this was shot at f/14 ( 1/60sec with the ISO racked up to 1000 again ). I also used a touch of fill in flash just to lift the image.