ITLT: Respect The Mimic


A Hoverfly stretching its legs after feeding on Poppy nectar.

I love these little mimics and one of my ambitions is to get one looking directly at the camera.

And the respect bit?

Anything that can create motion blur at 1/320th sec deserves respect!

ITLT: Underside


“It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill.” 
― Neil GaimanFragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders





ITLT: Please Don’t Make Any Sudden Moves…


I make these titles up as I go along, you know that right and I’m sure there’s regular occurrences of when I’m listening to music, take tonight for example. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens!

Earlier, I had an hour or two to kill around Frome (being Taxidad) and the sun was low but bright. The perfect opportunity to dive off into some close by woodland. OK, the colour’s gone (still love you bluebells, see you next year) but the ferns are coming into their own, ancient, almost predatory and backlit by a hard sun… Perfect!



ITLT… Topiary and Chill!


I have man flu, this is my recovery room and I can’t wait to see the 100″ willow flat screen and Wisteria surround sound system! I wish!

This little gem of a place is Iford Manor on the banks of the River Frome, I’ve been here a couple of times but never when the gardens have been open and to be honest, you’ll be struggling to find anywhere else that is so quintessentially English in the Springtime. Yes, I know there’s a lot going on in the photograph but

1. I was half comatosed… #Manflu!

2. And this is me being honest, the line of the road, the statue, the flowers and the swan worked for me, I didn’t even notice the sofa and chair!


It’s the little things… Jupiter!


I need help. The image above is one of the shots I got last night, at first I thought it was a strange lens flare from the moon but the more I looked at it I realised it’s Jupiter which, with the naked eye, was a small bright star at twenty past the moon.

Now, here’s the complicated bit, This photo was taken on a tripod, 1 second exposure, f./4.0, ISO500

The aperture being that wide would introduce bokeh, which would explain the size of  the planet…. (in the photo, not the universe, that’s down to magic!) but not the detail in the disk…


Now, I’ve checked my sensor and while not spotless at that aperture any dust spots would almost be invisible and it wouldn’t explain the “atmosphere” around the disk .

So, my question is, have I unexpectedly captured the detail of Jupiter’s surface or do I have a single cell amoeba floating about in my camera body?

PS, I know, I missed my focus…