New Arrivals

 

 

 
Meadow Brown

For weeks I’ve been bemoaning the fact that I haven’t had any butterflies in my garden  – well today there have been several fluttering about and even resting long enough for me to take some pics.  I think this particular lot are called Gatekeeper [Pyronia tithonus] because they have twin black eyespots with white pupils on their forewing. Anyway – I only know that because I did a google search!  I’m delighted – especially as I’m getting more used to using the zoom on my camera instead of the macro setting [which I still haven’t figured out!].
Gatekeeper

I amused myself no end cropping and trying to be generally more ‘artistic’ without it looking too artificial  … BUT – I do try to get the best pics I can ‘in camera’ as is always recommended.  I tend to take loads of shots and discard the majority as many of them are almost the same –  it’s just a matter of choosing the best of the bunch. It’s been a bit on the windy side today, so as well as the butterflies and bees being on the move all the time – so are the plants they land upon unfortunately.

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I’ve deliberately kept some images high key to reflect the beautiful sunny weather  – although I appreciate some butterflies suit a bit of drama more.

With Sedum

Even though this Sedum isn’t in flower yet, the butterflies are obviously attracted to it. I’m fortunate in having several Sedums which I love – especially this dark red variety called Purple Emperor.

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Butterfly & sedum

I’m looking forward to posting some photos I took  through the window during a downpour yesterday.  I was going to post them today but the butterflies took priority!

see you soon,    Eileen

 

 

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Busy Bees

 

Bumbly

I love lavender plants and so do the bees ….  ladybirds and butterflies are in short supply in my garden – well, non-existent really – but the bees are out in force.  So, I thought I’d have another go at practicing with the macro setting on my new camera. Hmm  –  very disappointing I must say – goodness knows what I’m doing wrong.  It must be because I’m treating it asin  ‘auto’ mode I guess – I don’t know if I’m supposed to be selecting other things to help.

Fortunately I’d read tips from someone about using the zoom lens for flower close ups instead and so I’ve contented myself with experimenting with that. These are the results, but I know I could do so much better!  I found it wasn’t much good my trying to set the camera for fast-moving objects either ….  I find it all very frustrating as I really hanker after lovely sharp images.  However – as I’ve said elsewhere – I try to make up for that with being more ‘artistic’ when  sharpness isn’t crucial.  And as I enjoy  using my Paintshop Pro it becomes such a pleasure to do.  I try to get as good a photo ‘in camera’ as I can though and I don’t like to be too obvious in ‘enhancing’ images. But there are instances when it’s ok to go to extremes and a lot of  fun too.

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Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings.  More ‘still life’ or abstracty.  See you soon,   Eileen

 


Pond [er] Again

Ducks
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As well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6.  I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were  in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a  lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.

Swan

Swans

Signet

Signets
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I’ll sign off now   …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ !    Eileen

 


Pond Pics [cont]

Puppy

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I enjoy chatting to the people I meet over at the Pond and I came across a chap with this little Jack Russell puppy.  He was sitting on a bench and the little puppy was just lying there enjoying the sunshine and completely ignoring the many geese/ducks that were near the water’s edge  – all was peace and harmony . The gentleman said it would be ok for me to take their photographs  and so the fist two pics are ‘en repose’ .

A young lady came along with , would you believe it, another Jack Russell – this one all growed up!  Well – talk about excited – that little pup went absolutely wild with delight … the other doggie didn’t seem to feel quite the same way however – but he good humouredly tolerated the little chap.  How I managed to get any non blurry shots I just don’t know [ LOL – I’ve yet to learn the settings on my camera for fast-moving subjects.]

After the poor girl rescued her dog [she was with child and also on a bike!]  I got chatting with her. The Gentleman was no help whatsoever I’m sorry to say – s’pose he thought that’s just what puppies do.  Anyway – next I looked, the puppy was tearing around like a little greyhound and scaring all the wildlife into the lake …..  still – he was very sweet , as puppies always are.

Hope you enjoy the following pics ….

Man and dogs

 

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GET OFF MY BACK !!

GET OFF MY BACK !!

This is the lovely lady  …..

Lady

 

 bye for now – more to come ,  Eileen


Once More Unto the Pond, Dear Friends

pond

Fortunately I’d chosen to visit the Pond a few days before the present heatwave really hit us. Nevertheless –  it was a really bright,sunny day and I was armed with my brand new camera – Olympus Stylus 1 –  recommended by a very helpful assistant at Park Cameras in Burgess Hill. Because I’m struggling with the settings etc I ended up going back to ‘auto’ . I know I could have done better, but hope I’ll get brownie points for trying!

I do feel the need for a kindly hand to guide me or a nearby class to join, but meanwhile , though it takes twice as long when you don’t know what you’re doing, I will learn by swotting and trial and error – and I will try to compensate by being ‘artistic’ ….  But – I’m loving my new Stylus 1 and something I didn’t think I’d find easy is using the view-finder!  My not so efficient eyesight means I prefer to use the screen to take my pics usually. But this viewfinder is a good size and switches from the screen mode automatically when you press said viewfinder to your brow. I’m sure it’s making me hold the camera steadier too.

As I took rather a lot of pics I will spread them over a couple of posts. Some are of the scenery, some of the wildlife and some of people and doggies.

reflections

This is taken from a small concrete bridge where the Lake leads into a somewhat stagnant looking canal. It is very quiet and secluded and the reflections of the surrounding greenery are lovely.

canalThere is a little peahen[?] at left foreground in above pic …..

swans

A little bit further along, the Lake narrows and is dissected by a road, the other side seems to be quite a little haven for the ducks and geese as they like to gather there to be fed by everybody. It’s a very picturesque part …
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Tranquil

From another angle. I liked the shadow patterns of the tree.

Lake view

Well folks,  as usual, I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on these images, if you have the inclination.  see you soon with some doggie pics.

many blessings,   Eileen