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Flora and Fauna Friday

Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 3

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is number three in a sequence of photos taken weekly showing the development of a group of Snowdrops.

Photo 1 is here.

Photo 2 is here.

In this photo the group is showing more of the white flowers that give the plant its name and there are more emerging from the soil.

Flora and Fauna Friday: 22nd January 2021
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Flora and Fauna Friday

Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 2

Week 2 of my documentation of a clump of Snowdrops growing in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

A week after the first photo was taken and the Snowdrops are starting to show the beginnings of the white flowers that give the plant its name.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops
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Photo Challenges

2020: Natural Detail

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge Review 2020.

I decided to go with the theme of details of the natural world. A small selection of photos from 2020.

Silent Sunday: 3rd May 2020

The green moss and orange lichen on a limestone boulder caught my eye on a walk in the spring.

CBWC: Hosta Leaves Detail

Early summer saw me experimenting with the monochrome options on a mirrorless camera. Variegated Hosta leaves in monochrome.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Summer also saw me experimenting with photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. A Coneflower photographed with a fast portrait lens wide open.

A sign of autumn.

Late summer saw the leaves starting to change colour. This solitary orange Maple leaf caught my eye when I was walking past it.

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 1

Something a little different for my Flora and Fauna Friday post over the next four weeks.

Each Friday I will be posting the next photo in a sequence showing the growth of a clumps of Snowdrops in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Originally photographed over a 4 week period in the mid 1980s for one of the natural history photo agencies I was contracted to.

In the first photo a few of the Snowdrops are just emerging from the soil.

Flora and Fauna Friday: 8th January 2021
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Flora and Fauna Friday

Horse Chestnut

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), a large deciduous tree.

Alternative common English names include conker, buckeye and horse-chestnut.

The species is native to the Balkans in South East Europe. However it is widely cultivated throughout the temperate world.

This photo was taken at Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England and shows the seeds, seed capsules and leaves in the autumn.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Horse Chestnut
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Flora and Fauna Friday

Holly berries

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is Holly (Ilex aquifolium) berries.

Technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. They are a popular winter food source for a variety of birds as well as being a traditional Christmas decoration.

These berries were photographed on a mature female tree in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Holly
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Blue Flowers

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt: Flowers: Blue or Purple.

I thought of two blue flowers that I find visually interesting, Borage and Chicory.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Borage flower and buds

A Borage flower in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s. Photographed with a 300mm telephoto lens to isolate the flower and buds from the surrounding plants.

Portrait of a Chicory flower.

A Chicory flower on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last September. Photographed with a fast portrait lens to help isolate the flower from the surrounding plants.