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  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 […]

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I was out photographing beetles and butterflies at Carlton Marsh LNR today with my friends from the Wakefield Naturalists’ Society. This was one of our monthly summer field meetings and it was the first time we’d visited this reserve as a group, though I’ve been there many times before. Having many pairs of eyes made […]

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The warm spring sunshine tempted me away from editing commercial photography shoots to head over to do some insect photography at Brockadale. There were plenty of butterflies on the wing, including brimstone, orange tip and large white and plenty of whitethroats in full song. Across the valley, the soft purring of a turtle dove was […]

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Macro photography: White-legged damselfly but no club-tailed dragonfly! Today we made a long journey down to the River Severn in Shropshire to try and catch up with the very scarce and elusive club-tailed dragonfly. Unfortunately, it was not to be and we couldn’t find them anywhere despite teaming up with another dragonfly chaser and trying […]

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Brockadale photographed in Infra Red The skies were blue with white fluffy clouds all morning today and so after lunch, I decided to head to Brockadale to try out my infra red converted Fuji XPro1 on the landscape and to maybe shoot a few insects with the macro gear. However, by the time I arrived […]

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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 […]

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I’ve been enjoying the macro photography of late and decided I need to get out with the camera again to see what i could find. A quick walk around Askham Bog revealed a few butterflies and insects to photograph as well as a few wild plants such as the beautiful water violet but, on the […]

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I came across this adult hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) in the garden today and it proved to be a good subject for a bit of macro photography. I really enjoy photographing objects in close-up detail because it gives a completely different view, but insects simply are some of the best subjects for close-up  work as […]

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The cloudy start to the day soon gave way to scorching summer sun making the butterfly photography at Brockadale very hard work by mid-afternoon. I’d hoped the overcast conditions would have been ideal and allowed me to get some images of those high speed flyers – dark green fritillaries. The hot sun put paid to […]

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I was out with the Wakefield Naturalists’s Society today for the first of the summer field meetings and we had a good trip to Hetchell Woods near Thorner. As a group, we notched up some good sightings including marsh harrier and red kite passing over and also a hornet – not a common species locally. […]

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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, […]

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