This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What is it?
Having been digitising my slide archives this winter I had a few photos suitable for the challenge.
In the 1980s BBC Wildlife magazine used to hold a monthly photo competition. Each month they would publish a photo of a mystery nature subject and the first person drawn from the entries to correctly identify the species would win a years subscription to the magazine.
What is it? No one correctly identified this photo so the magazine didn’t have to give away a subscription that month. The answer is below.
What is it? This is the inspiration for Velcro, or hook and loop fastener as it is more correctly known according to the company that makes Velcro. These are the burrs, or hooks, on a Lesser Burdock seed head. The burrs/hooks are what cause the seed heads to attach themselves to clothing and animal hair.
The first photo is a close-up of the clumps of hair on the body of a Ruby Tiger Moth caterpillar. Possibly the caterpillar in this photo although the captions on the slide mounts don’t include a date so I can’t be sure.
The Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro prompt was rather well timed. I have spent part of the winter digitising my slide archives that include hundreds of macro images.
A Ruby-tailed Wasp. Given that the ruby red tail is usually covered by the wings a more appropriate name would be an Emerald-bodied Wasp.
Fly Agaric fungi cap detail.
A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.
Spines on a Teasel seed head in the autumn.
A small selection of monochrome shots from 2019.
A seed head in the snow in January.
A Bracken frond, testing a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera in June.
Hosta leaves with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera in July.
Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise in August.
Ivy leaves on a tree trunk in November.
Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days to a recent walk around the neighborhood.
I think that this is the seed head of an ornamental grass growing wild on the side of the road.
My contribution to One Word Sunday: Round.
This is another contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia which is running throughout the month of August.
A sepia study of a Dandelion clock taken this summer with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.
A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.
Having only just realised how many birds there are with blue in their common English name it then occurred to me that there’s also a family of butterflies known as the Blues.
So here’s a pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. Photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire, England.