Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Negative space lichen

Cartilage Lichen


Cartilage Lichen, Ramalina farinacea.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/250 ISO 500

Monday, 15 January 2018

Negative Space

Negative space


I reviewed my recent photos. There's a clear flaw - insufficient negative space. I've known about this for a while. But I still keep doing it. Feels like I'm banging my head against a brick wall. This week I'll be mostly working on my negative spaces.


iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f2.2 4.2mm 1/35 ISO 125

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Guess who's bought a lightbox?

Vinca major


Greater Periwinkle, Vinca major var 'Variegata'.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/25 ISO 100
avec sauce secrète à la Mandy Disher.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Balkan Threeband Slug

Balkan Threeband Slug


Balkan Threeband Slug, Ambigolimax nyctelius.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100 f/2.8
f16 1/200 ISO 100


From: https://blogs.tcv.org.uk/natural-talent/2016/10/10/stunning-september-tiny-snails-new-county-records-and-more/
"The Balkan Three Banded Slug (Ambigolimax nyctelius) was first described from North Africa by Bourguignat (1861), and is believed to be native to South East Europe. Since 1960 it has spread in Northern Europe, as well as heading south, reaching as far as Australia. The earliest British record dates back to the 1930s from Greenhouses in Edinburgh. Since then the species is known to have established itself outside if the greenhouse, and is believed to be widespread in Southern England and parts of Wales. However, the species has been and still is seldom recorded throughout Britain. This is in part down to externally appearing very similar to another greenhouse invader, the Iberian Three Banded Slug (Ambigolimax valentianus). Both these species are between 50-80mm long when adult, with a short indistinct keel. The body colour ranges from pale grey, to yellow-violet or brown, with a distinctive pinkish tinge. The body has prominent dark bands, running parallel down the tail. Sometimes these can be faint or reduced to blotches. The two Ambigolimax species can also be confused with native species the Tree Slug (Lehmannia marginata) which can look similar, but lacks the pinkish tinge to the body and usually has a pale central stripe running up the tail. Confidently separating these two Ambigolimax species requires dissection and examination of the shape of the penis." However this will get you kicked off facebook.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Hello Epiphyas postvittana my old friend

Epiphyas postvittana


I've come to talk with you again.

It might be a Light Brown Apple Moth to you - to me it's the start of a whole new year.


Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f16 1/200 ISO 100

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Anomalous Bristle-moss

Anomalous Bristle-moss


Quite an easy species to spot once you've got your eye in. Growing on concrete, which is already a big clue. From the wonderful British Bryological Society website:
"O. anomalum differs from most British members of the genus in growing on rocks or masonry [especially concrete] rather than trees. The dark reddish-brown ripe capsules of O. anomalum are held well above low cushions of straight-leaved, green or brown shoots on a 2–4 mm long seta: a distinctive appearance not shared by other common mosses of the lowlands, except Ulota species that grow on trees and shrubs. Each capsule has 16 erect outer peristome teeth and strong ribs when it is dry. Mature capsules are reddish-brown, but light green when unripe. The calyptra is light brown and is sparsely hairy. Shoots are typically about 1.5 cm tall, with leaves 2.5–4 mm long, and capsules about 2 mm long."

Anomalous Bristle-moss, Orthotrichum anomalum.

Sony ILCE-6000
Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 G SSM
f8 4s ISO 100
3X, 7 images, Zerene DMap

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

I i i i t's Moss Time!

Moss Time


Funny, I normally don't get desperate enough for Moss Time until February. Shows what a hard winter we've had.


Intermediate Screw-moss, Syntrichia intermedia.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/125 ISO 200

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Crystal Brain

Crystal Brain Fungus


Crystal Brain Fungus, Exidia nucleata, looking rather more crystalline than usual when frozen solid.


Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f8 1/125 ISO 1400

Monday, 8 January 2018

I V

I V


Hedera helix.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f6.3 1/125 ISO 100