Sitting On A Bowl of Sunshine


Peacock (Inachis io) – Probably my favourite of all the butterflies I have seen here, and another fond reminder of my childhood, of long, hot and lazy summer days. Double-click to enlarge image,


Peacock Inachis io

© Peter Hillman ♦ 16th April 2020 ♦ Local woodland margin, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


River Light Reflections

River Light

During one of my walks along my local river, I was so taken by the sunlight filtering through the trees and reflecting off the cool water. I felt like I was peering into some magical, watery fairy realm. The light lit up the bottom of the riverbed and bought out the beautiful earthen colours which would have otherwise lay hidden there in the dark. I flipped the original image over so the reflection ended the right way up, and did not have to do much else with it in editing. I am always on the look out for the unusual as well as beauty and wonder, and I am always in awe of what nature bestows to us.

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August 2016, Staffordshire, England.

Autumn Light And Oak Leaf Magic

Oak Leaves

Walking by the river early yesterday morning, I was so taken by the autumn sun and how it filtered through the autumn oak leaves.

Oak Leaf

Oak Leaf

Photographs taken November 2016, local river bank, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Catching The Morning Light

Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor),

Photograph of Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor), taken October 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Summer Morning Light

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

Photograph of Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), taken August 2016, rear garden , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Shadow Shapes

On a walk this morning, and on a  well-travelled trail, I was suddenly a taken by how the sun and shadows interplayed through the canopy of the trees upon the base of an old ash tree trunk. I must have passed this way hundreds of times, but in that moment I was caught by shadow shapes and light.

Photographs taken June 2016, local wood, Staffordshire.