January Squares: Drone in Flight

Probably not what most people were expecting from the title. This is a Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) hovering in a Cheshire garden. Just to confuse things even more it is a member of the Hoverfly family.

This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day three of my five day sequence of Flight photos.

January Squares: Drone in Flight

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy.

The prompt got me thinking about creepy crawlies, a term for insects and other invertebrates used by people who dislike or are afraid of them.

A portrait of a Horsefly. I find its eyes interesting although I dislike getting bitten by one. I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the eyes.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

 

A Zebra Spider. Another species some people find creepy. It’s a small jumping spider, the jumping ability can add to the creepiness of it. It’s a common species in the northern hemisphere, this one was photographed in Cheshire, England but I have seen plenty of them in this part of Ontario, Canada. Once again I cropped the photo square and added a heavy vignette to focus attention on the spider.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creepy

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy.

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy.

This challenge made me think of some experiments I did in the 1980s. I was using a high speed film, Scotch Chrome 1000 with various soft focus and diffusion filters.

A Fuschia flower.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

Pyrethrum flowers.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge, day 30 of the 31 days of July.

With only two days left I decided to ignore the various blue birds, flowers and landscapes to go with another blue insect.

This is a Holly Blue Butterfly photographed on Holly in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

Friendly Friday: Bricks and Tiles

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Bricks and Tiles.

I was thinking of things in nature that resemble bricks or tiles when I thought of this photo. It shows the scales forming the pattern on the forewing of a Magpie Moth. Some of the individual scales remind me of bricks and others remind me of overlying roof tiles.

Friendly Friday: Bricks and Tiles.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Up close and personal

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Up close and personal.

I had a few ideas for the challenge and had decided on one until I started selecting photos. After picking the first shot I was planning on using I went in a different direction.

Here are three up close and personal shots of nature subjects taken in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. In one of those strange coincidences, after picking them I realised that they all had Common in their common English names.

First, a bird. A portrait of a male Common Blackbird. I had been photographing a plant species in a ditch when this male decided to check out what the human was up to. As I’m in a ditch the bird is looking down at me.

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird.

 

Second, an insect. A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth taken with a high magnification macro lens.

Portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.

 

Third, an amphibian. A close up of a Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England. Most of the frogs eye is below the surface of the water. Taken with a high magnification macro lens and possibly one of the occasions when the camera body and/or lens ended up being dipped in the water.

Intimate portrait of a Common Frog.