Wildscenes » Wildlife and landscape photography by John Gardner

Masthead header

Category Archives: Insects

  Today we headed down to Lincolnshire for brown hairstreak at Chambers Farm Woods, a well known site for this scarce butterfly and probably the closest site to me. The wind was a constant nuisance throughout the day making macro photography a particular challenge but in the end, we did find a couple of brown […]

View full post »

I really enjoy macro photography so when an opportunity like this angle shades comes along, it gives me a great excuse for breaking off from the commercial edits to take a few shots. I was just stepping into the house when I noticed this angle shades roosting on the garden wall. He was quite out […]

View full post »

Today I went out to do some macro photograhy, specifically dragonflies in Yorkshire. The heat was tremendous as we stood on the edge of the pond watching black-tailed skimmers, four spotted chaser, brown hawker and emperor dragonflies hawking over the water. In the reeds close to shore were lots of damselflies and, patrolling the rough […]

View full post »

Today I  ran a wildlife photography workshop at Anglers Country Park near Wakefield. The workshop consisted of a couple of hours of theory looking at gear, exploring advantages of certain types of lenses and cameras as well as looking at the fundamentals of composition and depth of field. Following the classroom session, we went outside […]

View full post »

Back at Brockadale today between showers looking for insects and flowers. I’m enjoying doing the macro work again, it’s been a while since I have done any and it’s always amazing to see familiar insects in high detail. I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped to be today but starting top left and going clockwise, […]

View full post »

The warm September sun (around 26dgC today!) always brings the comma butterflies to the blackberries to feed. These uniquely-shaped butterflies spend the winter in a shed or other dark place and os need to build up sugar reserves to last them the winter without having to wake. The comma gets its name from the white […]

View full post »

A brief visit to Old Moor RSPB reserve today didn’t yield much in the way of bird photography but we came across this newly emerged four spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) whose wings were just about dry but it didn’t quite have the power of flight. This meant we could take our time in terms of […]

View full post »

Last day of the school hols so, after dropping off some wedding work to a client, I went for a walk with the family around Hade Edge to see if the green hairstreaks were on the wing yet. I figured all this hot weather may have got them flying and I wasn’t wrong – although […]

View full post »

Met up with Ian at Askham Bog YWT reserve today to have a go at some butterflies. I visited this reserve yesterday but it was just so warm that the butterflies just kept on flying! Today however, was a bit cooler and we managed the target species of brimstone and orange tips both of which […]

View full post »

Another garden safari. This time I was hunting butterflies and I have to say I can’t remember a spring when there were so many butterflies on the wing! This hot weather is certainly benefiting the insects as well as the spring migrant birds. Long may it continue. In the garden this morning was speckled wood, […]

View full post »