Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Rannerdale Bluebells May 16 th 2016

It is time to drive up to  Cumbria to see the famous  Bluebells which grow on the fellside below Rannerdale Knot.
The weather forecast is mixed with some sunny spells, so not too bad.
Arriving at the small car parking area at  Rannerdale , i leave the Terrible Twosome in the car while i photograph the bluebells.  its not warm so they will be ok for half an hour.

                                  Through the gate..............................

                                                Sun lighting up streaks in the bluebells.

      Walking along the main path towards the stream , bluebells on either side looking good .

                                                        5 frame vertical panorama.

I have crossed over the bridge and walking along the far side  where the main area is on the steep sloping fellside.

                                 Glorious view towards Mellbrake over Crummock water.

Looking back up the valley

I have collected the Terrible Twosome and we are going to walk up the valley and up to the summit of Rannerdale Knotts.

                                        Getting higher now with great views.

                                                               Up on the tops now

                                           Buttermere in the distance now behind Mollster.

                                           Chester poses for a moment , a rare ocurance :)

                              Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks  and Buttermere in the valley below.

                                                            Time to head back down now.

Back down to the bluebells, and some nice light to do a couple of long exposure images with the Lee Big stopper ( 10 stop nd filter)

                                                        this is my favorite , 70 seconds f 14

                                                 The end of a great morning in the lakes

Sunday, 9 October 2016

White Face Darters at Whixall Moss may 2016

I trip back to Whixall in Shropshire to hopefully photograph the rare White Face Darters. 
Its warm and sunny , but a bit breezy  , so should be able to find some fairly easily.

On the middle pool there are plenty of males flying , but too far away.  i am having to use 100 - 4000 mm lens on the 5dsr and crop to 100% to get these images .

                             the dragons old skin is on the grass stem in this image.

                 A Female perched just above the water , i think this one has just been laying eggs .

                                                                         A pair in cop

                                            A Male showing its mature red colouration

                               an 8 frame focus stack taken with 100mm macro lens on 5d mk2

                                                           A Beautifully perched male :)

Dragons and Bugs at Whixall moss may 2016

Two days of bug hunting for me now ,   Firstly a morning shooting anything i can find along the Whixall Moss reserve :)    a lovely warm day and there should be loads to shoot .

                       First subject is a St Marks fly  aka  March fly  , Biblio species.
black and hairy with shiny body makes for a difficult exposure on these flies .

Waking along the canal bank i have just spotted a Spotted eye Dronefly, Eristalinus sepulchralis .  i very rarely see these , there are 2 species, one lives in coastal areas whereas  this species is found mainly in marshy areas.
i manage to get just a couple of frames before it disappears .

                 On to the mosses and i quickly spot a large Adder , but it was too quick for me !!!!!

                     A Large Red Damselfly perched near where i usually find the Green Hairstreaks.

                                 Its a bit dull but a couple of Green Hairstreaks are flying.

I am now at the far end along the canal bank on the boardwalk section,  hopefully to find a few Raft Spiders on the pools.

I cant believe what i have just found!     an Emperor Moth ,  i have never seen one of these before.

        Here is a Raft Spider, Dolomedes Fimbriatus. Time to put the mpe-65 macro lens on

That's better..........

                                                            Just come out of the water

                                                 A Brimstone feeding on the canal bank

                                                                    And a Speckled Wood

                                                                     Noisy creatures  lol

                                    The end of a great morning , Dragon hunting next

Friday, 16 September 2016

Miner Bee Bug hunt may 3 rd 2016

A trip to Whixall Moss in Shropshire today , its warm and sunny but with quite a lot of clouds which will help with macro shooting.  i am hoping to shoot the miner bees that feed on the dandylion flowers on the canal bank. they are only active when the air temperature is quite warm , when cloud covers the sun they cool down and cant fly which makes them easier to photograph.

A couple of hoverfly shots taken with mpe-65 on 5dsr while walking towards the far end where i know is the best miner bee area.

  Not a clue on id of this one, Empid fly by looks of the head/thorax. a very small one, less than 10mm.

                                                                         A shield bug 

                    At the canal and there are plenty of dandylion flowers , now just need a bit of sun .

Yay!   loads of miners are feeding , as the sun goes behind a cloud this miner obliges and sits on my finger :)      loads of pollen grains on it.

     This is the best section , loads of flowers in the sun with sandy soil that these solitary bees nest in.

There are a few Nomada bee species also ,  took a while to get this 7 frame focus stack.  holding the flower stem between my fingers of left hand while resting the lens on the hand keeps it steady to do an accurate series of frames to focus stack.   which when combined gives a much greater depth of field than 1 single frame can produce.

                                                          a crop from above image.

                                               Another species of miner bee .  

                                      6 frames focus stacked at f7  mpe-65 on 5dsr

                               What a great morning shooting these tiny Bees it has been .