35 by 35…


So, a new challenge methinks, I have the tools at my disposal and those tools are not extensive, there will be my trusty D3300, now feeling a little worn but still delivering the goods. And my 35mm, f/1.8 prime lens (I love it sooo much!) the rest will just be gravy.

So, here we go, 35 shots over 35 days using only my 35mm lens and it might involve maths (did you know that 35×35=1225 and that 1225 is a Angel Number? Nope, nor did I and to be honest…. I don’t think so… But I will be sure to let you know if I experience any unexpected “energy” ((I won’t)) during my challenge.)

So, to my first shot, a fully charged hover fly on a daisy, I love these insects. They mimic the bad boys (wasps) they drink nectar rather than blood (horseflies) and they can beat their wings quicker than anything else in the animal kingdom.

Boom, there it is, a half decent blog post after the dismal attempts of the last 9 months…

And I’m going to include some techie bits too. f/1.8, 1/3200th sec, the shutter speed was so quick because it was the middle of the day and 1.8 is wide open so even at ISO 100 the amount of light in the exposure was extensive. I wanted to shoot at 1.8 to get a shallow depth of field so the focus was on the fly and the flower and throw the rest of the frame out of focus (Bokeh) so a compromise had to be made.

See you tomorrow! x

It’s a tad more than balmy…

But the chalk streams are still flowing from the deluge that we had a couple of weeks ago and looked so inviting I nearly dipped my feet.

DSC_5928.jpgIt’s good to see a stream looking so fresh and vibrant during our “heatwave”  and I’m sure, knowing the British weather and it being Glastonbury this weekend the stream will be replenished very shortly.

Shot’s take on the River Ebble, just outside Broad Chalke in Wiltshire.


Manual 365/289 The Destroyer Of Beauty…

I am ashamed, this no longer exists…dsc_8175I have heard of it before, where you take a photo and then destroy the thing you shot so no on else can get that photo. (There is an actual name but I’m buggered if I can remember what it is) When I first heard of it I was appalled, nothing could be more selfish, more insular and down right nasty but, now, I’m guilty of it too. In my defense, I really did have to mow the lawn…

DSC_8187.jpgPeace Peeps! x

Manual 365/270 The Forgotten Suns

dsc_5811-edit A little darker tonight. My summer has been full of glorious views and plentiful colours. I feel the need to draw in tighter, glory in the grim and examine the mood of the desolate for there lies the detail and the challenge.

Don’t worry, I’m not going all Slipknot on you… There will still be the obligatory autumnal landscapes but I want to push the mood when I’m able to and hunt down the shot rather than let it expand before me and there will be people too!

I am really looking forward to the coming season! ;o)

Peace Peeps!


Manual 365/256 Little Ball Of Green And Blue…

What are you doing to me? I’m clambering over fences, getting funny looks from people who’d rather watch me than look to the sky…

dsc_4750Or in a field, led on my belly among the stubble, amazed at the tiny flower that’s been waiting for the towering mono-crop to be reaped before stealing the show! And that’s just on Monday!dsc_4727

Peace Peeps! xxx

Manual 365/253 2 of 2 Late Bloomer

As I’ve said before, most things are starting to wilt a tad, all of their glory fading and the long sleep of winter approaching… Apart from this one garden in Wilcot, Wiltshire that is steadfastly ignoring the oncoming season!dsc_4557I have no idea what type of flowers they were but they were magnificent!DSC_4558.jpg

Manual 365/229 The Hungry Caterpillar? My Arse!

I can totally see the attraction in gardening, toiling the soil, planting the seed and nurturing the plant while it grows and at the end being rewarded with the gift of fresh, homegrown, vegetables or beautiful flowers…DSC_9473.jpg

Thing is, while I can see the attraction, I’ve got to admit. I’m completely shit at gardening…


This poor example looks nothing like the picture on the pack and as for the bloody caterpillars! DSC_9467.jpgI’ll just say I’m doing my bit for the butterfly population!

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/216 A Fabulous Death!


When it’s time to go then hanging from a yellow Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) jaw who in turn is hanging from a flowering Teasel might not be painless but it sure looks the part!


I stumbled across this scene just off the A303 west of Andover. (I’m sure I’m the only driver who stops for a pee break and takes his camera!)

Mahoosive shout out to Scarlybobs’ Blog who’s heaped loads and loads of likes on my previous blogs today! Thanks Guys!

Peace Peeps! X