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.
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.
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.
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.
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Shropshire, England in the late 1980s.
This male Common Blue Butterfly was photographed at Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England in the early morning. I suspect the butterfly had spent the night on the Thistle it’s resting on.
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.
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.
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.
Second, an insect. A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth taken with a high magnification macro lens.
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.