White Campion

Silene latifolia – This is one of my favourite wild flowers, and it is always a pleasure to see on my walks. According to fossil records it was introduced to Britain during the Bronze Age. It flowers between May and October across much of Britain, except the far north and west. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera… Read More White Campion

A Bit of Garden Shade

Out of the glare of the sun you can see more details in the most delicate of blossoms. I isolated this fuschia bloom in a shady corner of the garden once the sun had moved around. © Pete Hillman August 2019.

Delicate

It is always a joy to see the Dog Rose Rosa canina on my walks through the local woods. It is a sign that summer is not too far away. Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Bee Oasis

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … Hardy geranium. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Meadowsweet

On a stroll around Derwentwater I saw drifts of this most beautiful flower Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria). It was even growing amongst the rocks on the shoreline. It is a member of the rose family Rosaceae, and it thrives in wet and damp places. It is commonly found in damp meadows and has a very sweet… Read More Meadowsweet

Catching The Early Sunlight

Last night was a very hot and close one, so sleep was quite restless. So up early to find this Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) flower catching the first rays of sunlight. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

One of The Speedwells

Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer This is such a lovely little plant and I always enjoy spotting it in the fields. It is one of the Speedwells, which one it is I don’t know. May 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman. Sigma 18-300mm lens.  

From The Fields

Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer Playing in the fields this afternoon with my new toy, Sigma 18mm-300mm macro lens. Down in the field on such a beautiful sunny day and no muddy knees for a change. Quite pleased with how versatile this lens is, and quite sharp… Read More From The Fields

Snow-in-summer

Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum). This was taken in the shade as the sun had moved around the garden this late afternoon. Trying out my new Sigma 18-300mm DC macro lens for the first time, and seeing what it can do. Will need to practice more to get the hang of it. May 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire,… Read More Snow-in-summer

Life Moves On

The bough of the Alder has fallen across the woodland path, sounding the death knell of this aged tree. Yet where death goes, life follows and flourishes, life moves on. May 2018, local wood carpeted with Bluebells, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

Common Vetch

Out in the fields yesterday a small patch of Common Vetch Vicia sativa, which belongs to the pea family Fabaceae, caught my eye. The buds were just beginning to unfurl. May 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

Season’s First

Coming home from work this afternoon I spotted this single Pencilled Cranes-bill Geranium versicolor, the first of the season, and just had to takes its picture. May 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

Green Alkanet

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens), is such a stand out plant with its vibrant blue flowers. I photographed this with my 70-300mm zoom lens as I did not have my macro lens with me at the time. May 2018, Kinver, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman