Category Archives: Insects

Macro photography: Dragonflies in Yorkshire

Today I went out to do some macro photograhy, specifically dragonflies in Yorkshire. The heat was tremendous as we stood on the edge of the pond watching black-tailed skimmers, four spotted chaser, brown hawker and emperor dragonflies hawking over the water. In the reeds close to shore were lots of damselflies and, patrolling the rough…

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Macro photography: Ledsham Vale

I nipped over to Ledsham Vale today, a small YWT nature reserve north of Castleford, for a macro photography session. I figured it might be quite good as the weather was cloudy and overcast as I set off but by the  time I got there it had become hot and humid and the butterflies were…

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Wildlife photography workshop: Anglers CP

Today I  ran a wildlife photography workshop at Anglers Country Park near Wakefield. The workshop consisted of a couple of hours of theory looking at gear, exploring advantages of certain types of lenses and cameras as well as looking at the fundamentals of composition and depth of field. Following the classroom session, we went outside…

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Insects and flowers at Brockadale

Back at Brockadale today between showers looking for insects and flowers. I’m enjoying doing the macro work again, it’s been a while since I have done any and it’s always amazing to see familiar insects in high detail. I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped to be today but starting top left and going clockwise,…

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Butterfly explosion

Another baking August day and I think this year, more than any I can remember, has been a superb butterfly year. In our back garden stands a buddliea bush that must be a contender for the Guinness Book Of Records for the UK’s largest and it is smothered in butterflies just now. Mostly peacocks today,…

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