Study of a Rose

As autumn draws ever closer here in the United Kingdom, the last of the summer roses go out in a blaze of colour for a final time in 2012. The following pictures are of one such rose in my garden. I would be interested in knowing which one of the four you like best, or none as well!

Please click on each picture to view a full size version. In order to achieve a dark background, I have used a flash and post-processed to cut darks and shadows.

Technical Details:

Nikon D80
SB600 Speedlight Flash
1/125 to 1/40 f/7.1 ISO200
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.1

 

Meadow Brown Butterfly

 

Meadow Brown Butterfly. Commonly found in the UK and Ireland.

I came across this meadow brown butterfly basking in the sunlight earlier this week. As such, these butterflies are nervous and don’t allow you to come close. This one, however, let me get to within a foot before deciding I could be a threat!

 

Wildflower Britain

Summer time.. The meadows and hedgerows are full of wildflowers that one rarely sees in a typical english garden. Here are a few (I don’t know all their names unfortunately).

Teasel flower and a bumblebee showing its bottom!
Teasel inflorescence
Unknown Flower
Unknown flower
Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed or bellbind) – A perennial weed but nice trumpet flowers
Pretty pink flowers of unknown species

 

Heart of Water…


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Originally uploaded by Jaws1.

One of those strange things you see sometimes. This picture was taken in Ely sometime in end September. It was raining, and while walking, I spotted this heart-shaped puddle on the road. Funnily enough, this was visible from only one particular angle, and if we had walked in another direction, we would have missed this altogether. The puddle is about 8 inches across.

Now to speculation.. how would such a shape form on the road ? Was it intentional or merely a matter of chance ?