Cosmic Photo Challenge


Actually, two Iris taken a few days apart and in different lighting.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: In Bloom prompt.

These Iris are growing in a ditch on one of my routes around the neighborhood. I don’t know if they’re garden escapes or if someone planted them there. Taken on walks when I was testing the TTArtisan 50mm f/1.2 portrait lens.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: In Bloom
An Iris in afternoon shade.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: In Bloom
An Iris in morning sun


A brief look back at 40 years of flower photography for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers prompt.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

A Coneflower photographed with a fast portrait lens last summer. I spent part of the Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with a variety of unusual lenses.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Foxgloves

Foxgloves photographed with a long telephoto lens to isolate them from the background. A technique that I used quite often in the 1990s.

2021: Intentional camera movement of Daffodils

Daffodils with intentional camera movement. I started experimenting with ICM again in the winter and have continued this spring.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops

Snowdrops. A photo in a series showing the growth of the flowers. Published in a school textbook in the late 1980s.


Getting to Know ICM

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Getting to Know You prompt.

Having initially considered various locations and nature subjects I thought about some of the ICM shots I had taken over the weekend.

I spent part of last weekend experimenting with various types of intentional camera movement using various lenses from an ultra wide angle lens to a macro lens.

The post is also a continuation of a the Lens-Artists prompt You Pick It earlier in the month.

Lens-Artists: Getting to Know You
Horizontal camera movement of a stack of campfire wood.
Lens-Artists: Getting to Know You
Rotational camera movement of tree tops with an ultra wide angle lens.
Lens-Artists: Getting to Know You
Circular camera movement of a group of Daffodils.
Lens-Artists: Getting to Know You
Vertical camera movement of Ivy growing up a tree trunk
Month of Squares

Bright Sunflower

This is my day 21 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

A bright Sunflower.

April Squares: Bright Sunflower
Weekly Topics


My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) a bulbous perennial plant.

Found in Atlantic areas from north western Spain to the British Isles. The plant is associated with ancient woodland and is regarded as a sign of spring. This display of Bluebells was photographed on a woodland section of Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bluebells
Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Orange prompt.

Water Water Everywhere: On the other side of the dock

Reflection of the sunrise in the ripples.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Flame

Autumn leaves against interesting clouds.

Friendly Friday: Re-imagine Orange

A Pot Marigold after rain.

Throwback Thursday: 19th November 2020

Chantry Island lighthouse at sunset.



This week Ann-Christine gives us the prompt Soft for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

My first thought was of some of the photos I had taken last year when I was experimenting with photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. Mostly fast portrait lenses but also some CCTV lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

2020: Greens and Browns
Fern amongst autumn leaves with a CCTV lens.
Family portrait of some Coneflowers
A group of Coneflowers photographed with a fast portrait lens.
Six Word Saturday: First Light on Grass Seed Heads
First light on some grass seed heads with a fast portrait lens.
Weekly Prompts: Greenery
Fern frond detail with a fast portrait lens.