Today I had my late birthday present come. My first speedligh flash unit, the Nikon SB-700. The weather has been rather dismal, and I thought I had been transported to autumn it has been so damp and cold here. However, between showers I manged to get a few shots in to play with my new… Read More Flash

Softly, Gently

I find grey skies (without the rain, but just after), are ideal for flower photography. You don’t have that harsh direct sunlight, and with some camera control, you can get pretty close to the original and natural hues of your subject. Sometimes, taking a soft and gentle approach can bring about some beautiful details which… Read More Softly, Gently

Rose Blackspot

Diplocarpon rosae If it’s not greenfly attacking your precious roses it’s this fungus. Rose Blackspot is a serious fungal disease of roses which mainly affect the leaves which break out into blackish, brownish or purplish spots or blotches on the upper surface of the leaf. Diffuse and radiating strands of the fungus can sometimes be… Read More Rose Blackspot

More Devastation

They are at it again. I have posted on these previously this year, and these sawfly larvae, called Large Rose Sawfly (Arge pagana), are stripping my rose-bush leaves again. They seem to be very methodical in their consumption of the leaves, completely stripping individual leaves bare before moving onto others, leaving ravaged skeleton stalks behind… Read More More Devastation

Early Stage Caterpillar

I discovered this tiny early stage caterpillar on the underside of one of my rose leaves. I wonder what it will turn into? Photograph  taken in July 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.