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Image of the Week: Leaf Cutter Bee

It was yet another gorgeous day for my weekend photo shoot in dad's garden, and this week I decided to concentrate completely on creepy crawlies... (more)

Image of the Week: Silver-washed Fritillary

It seemed that the weather forecasters were right for once, and we'd had another week of glorious weather. So, once again my Sunday morning photo shoot in dad's garden was spent hunting down bugs who were also enjoying the sunshine... (more)

Image of the Week: Gatekeeper

We'd had a run of gorgeous weather recently, with clear blue skies, bright sunshine and rocketing temperatures. Seemingly there was no end in sight, as forecasters predicted more of the same for at least another week... (more)

Image of the Week: Flying Blackbird

It was a gorgeous warm sunny day for my photo shoot this weekend, and there was plenty of wildlife for me to focus my lens on... (more)

Image of the Week: Rose Chafer Beetle

It was a warm but dull Sunday morning for my photo shoot in dad's garden this weekend, but as it turned out, perfect conditions to go hunting for creepy crawlies... (more)

Image of the Week: African Daisy

I'm kicking off this week's article with images from my own garden, which were taken over the last week... (more)

Image of the Week: Black-tailed Skimmer

This week my photo shoot in dad's garden turned out exactly as I'd been hoping for over the past few weeks. It was a gorgeous day. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the birds were singing, the insects were buzzing, and the temperature was in the mid twenties... (more)

Image of the Week: Smile Please

The weather for my photo shoot this weekend could be described as varied at best. I didn't hold out much hope for capturing any of my bug buddies as the early morning thunder promised to bring some imminent downpours... (more)

Image of the Week: Finch Fight Club

It was another lovely warm Spring day for my photo shoot this week, but the sunshine and blue skies did not materialise until later in the day. My aim for the shoot was to go in search of insect life again, but, again, my luck was mostly out... (more)

Image of the Week: Mining Pollen

It was another beautiful warm sunny Sunday for my photo shoot this week, and I was hoping to encounter a lot more insect life than I did last week... (more)

Image of the Week: Singing Wren

What a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend it was for my photo shoot this week, with temperatures reaching a record high in some parts of the country. I had been hoping to concentrate on bug photography, but for some reason, the bugs remained hidden, despite the ideal weather conditions... (more)

Image of the Week: Dog Violet

After the glorious weather of last week, this week we seemed to have fallen back into the clutches of winter. It was a cold, wet, miserable day for my photo shoot in dad's garden on Sunday, but there were a few high points to record... (more)

Image of the Week: Early Damsel

This week my Sunday photo shoot in dad's garden took place during a Springtime heatwave. The skies were blue and temperatures had soared into the mid twenty degrees centigrade range... (more)

Image of the Week: Daisy Cauldron

It wasn't the nicest of mornings for my photo shoot in dad's garden this week, but at least it wasn't too dark. It had been raining, but it had thankfully stopped by the time I got outside... (more)

Image of the Week: Forget Me Drops

It was another miserable grey Sunday morning for my photo shoot this week, and it was also wet. Still, I didn't let that put me off, and went out in search of some interesting imagery... (more)

Image of the Week: Pieris Pretties

What an awful grey, miserable, murky morning it was for my photo shoot in dad's garden this weekend. However, it wasn't raining, which made a nice change, and there was absolutely no wind, which made photographing in the relative darkness a little easier... (more)

Image of the Week: Siskin

This week, the snow, frost, wind and general chilliness of previous weeks had passed us by, and while the weather wasn't completely glorious, there were a few Spring treats in store for my photo shoot on Sunday... (more)

Image of the Week: Frosty Felicia

Well, after telling you last week that the days were getting warmer, and the insects were waking up, we had a bit of a shock to the system this week as the snow returned... (more)

Image of the Week: Forest Bug

This week I'm kicking off with a bug photo. After the recent rather dismal cold and frosty weather, we've actually had a few warmer sunny days. Warm enough to have a few insects come out of their winter slumber in fact... (more)

Image of the Week: Outgoing Camellia

After a week of sub-zero temperatures, snow, frost, ice, hail, rain, wind and general transport chaos, it was more like a normal Spring day for my photo shoot this weekend... (more)

Image of the Week: Daffodil Delight

It was a cold crisp cloudless blue skied morning for my photo shoot this weekend, and it really did feel like Spring was in the air... (more)

Image of the Week: Seasonal Snowdrop

So this week we were back to the grey murky mid-winter weather that is the bane of the macro photographer. Getting up close to the subject means that there isn't an awful lot of light coming into the lens to begin with, but when combined with terrible weather conditions, it can be tricky at best to get a decent image... (more)

Image of the Week: Ivy Berries

It was another beautiful Sunday morning for my photo shoot this week, and although it was cold, the only real fly in the ointment was the gusting wind. So, I decided to concentrate on images of things that wouldn't be too wind affected, and would stayed firmly fixed in place... (more)

Image of the Week: Abstract Acer

What a glorious morning it was for my photo shoot this week. The sun was out, the wind had died down, the rain had vanished along with the clouds, there were blue skies and all was well with the weather - apart from it was absolutely freezing, but that, I could cope with... (more)

Image of the Week: Camellia Rising

We had another dull murky grey day for my photo shoot in dad's garden this week, but for a fleeting amount of time, there was a blue sky for just long enough for me to snap this Camellia bloom that had opened up at the top of the bush... (more)

Image of the Week: Felicia Surprise

This week I'm kicking off with images from my own garden. There isn't an awful lot going on at the moment, but there are a few highlights... (more)

Image of the Week: Winter Jasmine

What an awful miserable cold grey day it was for my photo shoot this week. It was almost too dark to take photographs without a flash, so I ramped up the ISO, wrapped up warm, and headed off into the garden to see what I could find... (more)

Image of the Week: Blue Tit

My photo shoot schedule was back to normal this week, with all of the images featured here being taken during a Sunday morning wander around dad's garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Roses are Red

So, as this is my first post of 2018, I'd better start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year... (more)

Image of the Week: Pigeon Pair

Spring was most definitely in the air during my photo shoot on Boxing Day morning this week. It was a beautiful cold winter morning and there was plenty of avian activity to observe... (more)

Merry Christmas

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays... (more)

Image of the Week: Curvy Lines

This weekend I got to indulge my passion for abstract architectural photography during a Christmas shopping trip in Southampton... (more)

Image of the Week: Wordsworth's Poetical Works

This week my Sunday morning photo shoot was severely affected by the weather. While most of the country was in the grips of heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, down on the south coast it was blowing a gale, and was extremely wet... (more)

Image of the Week: Supermoon

This week I'm starting off my article at the end of the day, rather than the beginning! This is because I had to wait until it got dark to shoot my lead-off image... (more)

Image of the Week: Beautiful Bract

It was a beautiful cold and crisp morning for my weekly wander around dad's garden on my photo shoot this week, and there were quite a few subjects that I wanted to point my camera at... (more)

Image of the Week: Waterlogged Oxeye

This week my Sunday morning photo shoot took place in warmer weather conditions than it had in recent weeks, although the bright blue skies had been replaced by dark grey ones. On the plus side, it wasn't raining, but it was still decidedly wet... (more)

Image of the Week: Quince Blossom

It was another bright but frosty day for my photo shoot this weekend, but my choice of photo subjects seemed to be declining rather rapidly as the year progressed... (more)

Image of the Week: Pyracantha Berries

It was a beautiful sunny day for my photo shoot this weekend, but we also had our first frost since Springtime... (more)

Image of the Week: Abyssinian Gladiolus

What a peculiar day it was weather wise for my photo shoot this week. We had cloud. We had sun. We had warm. We had cold. We had dry. We had wet. About the only conditions we didn't have were wind and snow... (more)

Image of the Week: Winter Jasmine

The sun was out, the skies were blue, and it was my Birthday for this week's photo shoot in dad's garden. The problem was that it was bitterly cold, and it was blowing an absolute gale - so not ideal for any sort of macro photography... (more)

Image of the Week: In the Gutter

It was a lovely warm Sunday morning for my photo shoot this week, but unfortunately the weather was also terribly dull and overcast. I initially tried my hand at a bit of avian photography, but it was really too dark to get anything I was really happy with, even when I pushed the ISO up to and beyond 1000... (more)

Image of the Week: Stripy Eyed

It was a beautiful autumnal day for my photo shoot this week, and I thoroughly enjoyed tracking down the subjects that feature in this article... (more)

Image of the Week: Web Over Berries

What a miserable day it was for my photo shoot at the weekend. It was cold, wet and very windy, so definitely not ideal conditions to be taking photographs in... (more)

Image of the Week: Pink River Lily

Finally, after three weeks of rain, cold and illness effected photo shoots, it was business as usual at the weekend in dad's garden. It was getting late in the year for new flowers, but one of my all time favourites was just coming into bloom. The River Lilies (Hesperantha coccinea, formerly classified as Schizostylis coccinea) were beginning their remarkable display... (more)

Image of the Week: Crinkled Beauty

This week, my weekend photo shoot was once again wet, and temperatures had dropped severely, just about reaching the double figure mark of 10°C. I was also suffering from cellulitis, which meant my photo shoot was doubly miserable... (more)

Image of the Week: Munch, Munch, Munch

My photo shoot this week was almost a carbon copy of last week's. It was wet, it was warm, and I only had a short period of time to capture some interesting or colourful imagery before I was soaked to the skin... (more)

Image of the Week: Damp Evening

What a difference a week makes! After the return to summer for last week's Bank Holiday weekend, this weekend couldn't have been more of a contrast. Although the temperature hadn't dropped too much, the blue skies had gone, and the grey clouds that had replaced them were depositing their contents all over my Sunday morning photo shoot... (more)

Image of the Week: Jumping Jackdaw

After a couple of chilly Sunday morning photo shoot jaunts around dad's garden, this week it was absolutely glorious. The warmth that had been missing from the early morning was back, as were a plethora of birds, bugs and blooms... (more)

Image of the Week: Migrant Hawker

This beautiful creature is a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna mixta), and it's over two years ago since I last came across one in dad's garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Incoming

It was another beautiful morning for my weekend photo shoot, but although the blue skies looked inviting, it was a rather cold start to the day... (more)

Image of the Week: Waspish

This week I was back on the trail of bugs again in dad's back garden, and came across this interesting looking creature. It's another one of those insects that styles itself on a Wasp, but is actually a Sawfly called the Figwort Sawfly (Tenthredo scrophulariae)... (more)

Image of the Week: Painted Lady

Although the weather wasn't perfect for my weekend photo shoot this week, it was sufficiently warm and sunny to bring out a plethora of butterflies... (more)

Image of the Week: Hang Time

This weekend's photo shoot started with bright blue skies, lashings of sun, and an abundance of bird activity in the garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Large Skipper Butterfly

I've decided that this week I'm going to focus my Image of the Week article wholly on insects. Let's call it my Insect of the Week article instead. Why? Well, this is undoubtedly the best time of year to capture insect activity, and, to be honest, I think I've captured quite a few good insect images this week. Let's see... (more)

Image of the Week: Erigeron Stallone

We were back to blue, cloudless skies, long sunny days, and soaring temperatures once again for my weekend photo shoot around dad's garden this week... (more)

Image of the Week: Memorial Wheel

Something a little different from me this week. Although I live in the South of England, I actually come from the North, and after a family bereavement, I travelled back to my home village of Wingate where I stayed for a few days... (more)

Image of the Week: Crocosmia Lucifer

This week I'm kicking off with one of my most favourite plants to photograph, a Crocosmia. Well, actually, when I say most favourite, what I really mean is, most challenging... (more)

Image of the Week: Winging Woodpigeon

So the UK has been in the grips of a heatwave for the last week, and temperatures have steadily rose upwards until they topped 30C in the South of England. Hence, lots of blue skies, lots of sunshine, and lots of unbearably hot days... (more)

Image of the Week: Velvety Textures

This week we kick off in dad's garden, admiring the first Oriental Lily (Lilium) to appear... (more)

Image of the Week: Escallonia

This week my Sunday morning photo shoot took place in very windy and overcast conditions that made macro photography quite challenging, especially when most of the flowers I wanted to get shots of were swaying about on very long stems... (more)

Image of the Week: Crab Lunch

This week I'm kicking off the article in my garden, where I had planted lots of Alliums, mainly to attract the Bees and the Hoverflies... (more)

Image of the Week: Peacock Meeting

We had beautiful warm and sunny weather for my Sunday morning photo shoot this week, and this meant that there was lots of insect activity... (more)

Image of the Week: Flesh Fly

This week on my Sunday morning photo shoot I went off in search of wildlife in the shape of bugs and birds, and with the weather warming up, there was plenty to point my camera at... (more)

Image of the Week: Rhododendron

Since photographing the first flower buds of this Rhododendron bush in dad's garden before November last year, they have finally seen fit to open, and it was definitely worth the wait... (more)

Image of the Week: First Damselfly

It has been a funny old week in terms of the weather since my last Image of the Week article. We've had pretty much all types in the South of England, from hard frost, hail, sleet, gale force winds and rain, then, blue cloudless skies, bright sunshine and rising temperatures... (more)

Image of the Week: Berberis Sawfly

We've had a bit of a cold snap since I took these photographs, but despite it being quite dull and cloudy, the insects were out in force last weekend... (more)

Image of the Week: Orange Poppy

After a couple of weeks of very nice warm spring weather, it had turned decidedly colder over the Easter holiday weekend, although it remained dry and sunny... (more)

Image of the Week: Cherry Blossom

What another gorgeous weekend we had last weekend, especially on Sunday when temperatures rocketed into the high teens, and even broke the 20 degree centigrade mark in some areas. The beautiful weather seems to have triggered blossom season, with many trees and bushes bursting into bloom... (more)

Image of the Week: Spring Foraging

What a beautiful spring morning it was on Sunday when I went on my photo shoot in dad's garden this week. The bugs were out in force, the birds were singing, and the flowers were doing their best to keep up with the season. As well as birdsong, the multitude of mowers humming away in the background signalled that spring had really arrived... (more)

Image of the Week: Green Shield

Spring had finally sprung, and guess what? The bugs were back in town! I spent a glorious spring morning taking photographs in dad's garden, with this Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) being the highlight of my photo shoot... (more)

Image of the Week: Flowering Currant

Finally, for the most part, we had a weekend without rain at last, and over in dad's garden, spring had really got under way, with lots of new flowers being encouraged into flowering... (more)

Image of the Week: Multicoloured Memories

It was yet another wet Sunday as I embarked on my photo shoot at dad's last weekend, and I was once again looking for inspiration amongst the raindrops... (more)

Image of the Week: Pink Hepatica Noblis

A bit of recent sunshine, and some slightly warmer weather have set things moving at some pace in my garden this week. It's not quite springtime yet, but there are quite a few new blooms to show... (more)

Image of the Week: Yellow on Blue

I always think that springtime has definitely arrived when the Daffodils (Narcissus) come out in force. We weren't quite there yet, but this particular specimen was leading the way and it wouldn't be long before many more followed... (more)

Image of the Week: Heavenly Hellebore

This week we are starting off in my garden, where I finally have a flower to show you! So, drum roll please, I present to you my first Hellebore (Helleborus) of the year, which is of the variety 'Double Ellen'... (more)

Image of the Week: Orange Crocus

Although the frosts seemed to have relented, the last week has been bitterly cold, with snow trying to fall on a couple of occasions. We did have one sunny day, but frustratingly, I was tied up in a meeting, so didn't manage to capture anything with my camera... (more)

Image of the Week: Yellow on Green

As it was the first fortnight of February, and the hard frosts seemed to have given way to milder temperatures, I went looking for flowers at the weekend. However, it was still bitterly cold, and a bit early in the year for much colour, but I managed to stumble upon a few colourful finds... (more)

Image of the Week: Amaryllis Minerva

I have to kick off this week's article with an image of a new flower for me, an Amaryllis! This one is a variety called Amaryllis Minerva, and it has been very satisfying to watch it grow over the last couple of months... (more)

Image of the Week: Great Tit

The bright blue skies belied the freezing cold weather we have been experiencing this week. However, they encouraged a raft of garden birds to come out of hiding, to enjoy the sunshine... (more)

Image of the Week: Raindrops on Rosehips

Well, there's no denying the fact that it has been another wet week down here in the South of England. So, what is there to do for the enthusiastic photographer other than to brave the weather, and embrace the dripiness of it all... (more)

Image of the Week: Cute Kitty

This week I'm indulging myself by kicking off the article with a shot of my cute furry photography buddy... (more)

Image of the Week: Touchdown Imminent

In case I haven't already said so, Happy New Year to you! This week's article comprises of images I took at the end of December, and the beginning of January... (more)

Happy New Year

The sun has set on another year, so that means it's time to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, and to welcome you all to 2017... (more)

Image of the Week: Blooming Quince

My final article of 2016 sees the first signs of spring beginning to show themselves... (more)

Merry Christmas

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year's... (more)

Image of the Week: Sunrise Over Hythe

Like quite a lot of people this week I visited my local town to do a spot of Christmas shopping. However, with a camera in my pocket, very little actual shopping took place as I sought to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping areas... (more)

Image of the Week: Winter Warrior

Isn't it amazing how resilient our insect population can be? Last week there was a bubble blowing fly, venturing out on a frosty morning, and this week we have this little guy, busy collecting pollen on another cold December day... (more)

Image of the Week: Ice Crystals

While this week has been a little warmer than last, it has still been bitterly cold, and we've had a covering of frost on most mornings. This week during my photo shoot however, the frost didn't budge at all, and remained in the garden all day... (more)

Image of the Week: Scabious

This week I'm kicking off the article in my garden, where you could find this very late flowering Pincushion (Scabiosa columbaria) flower earlier in the week. It is one of the few summer flowers remaining in the garden and is valiantly holding onto blooms despite the frost doing its uppermost to rob them from me... (more)

Image of the Week: Beginning to Bloom

It hasn't been a good week for nature photography this week. Apart from it being cold, wet and windy outside, I'm currently suffering from an attack of cellulitis, which means that this photographer hasn't been up to much either... (more)


I'm very pleased to announce that I have recently finished working on my fifth book cover artwork collaboration. Timing is the follow up to Far from the Spaceports, which was the first in a series of science fiction novels written by my good friend Richard Abbott... (more)

Image of the Week: Water World

The last seven days haven't been good for gardening, or for photography! Although in recent days it has been a little warmer, we've seen quite a lot of rain... (more)

Image of the Week: Behind the Cosmos

This week has seen the first frosty mornings of the season, so the gardens are really starting to shut down for the year. However, there are still a few plants still hanging on... (more)

Image of the Week: Skeletal

This week in dad's garden there was a definite feel of autumn, as flowers died back, leaves turned brown, insect life disappeared, and the weather turned much cooler... (more)

Image of the Week: Autumnal Wasp

With the days getting shorter, and the weather turning colder, insects are disappearing quickly from our gardens for another year. However, there were still a few subjects around on a sunny Sunday morning, and I was lucky enough to grab a few shots of this docile Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) as it warmed up in a very autumnal looking Acer palmatum tree... (more)

Image of the Week: Nerine Bowdenii

This week we start with two new flowers to my garden. Firstly, we have this splendid specimen, a Guernsey lily (Nerine bowdenii). I've tried growing Nerine's for the past couple of years, but this is the first time I've managed to get one to burst into flower, so it's quite an exciting moment for me... (more)

Image of the Week: Common Plume Moth

We start off this week's article in the world of the Lepidoptera, which is the order of insects that include butterflies and moths... (more)

Image of the Week: Drop of Nectar

This week my weekly photo journal kicks off with this little miracle of nature, as we see a single droplet of nectar forming on the stigma of a Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)... (more)

Image of the Week: Poppy Picker

This week's article imagery starts off in my garden, taking a look at the early autumn insect and arachnid life. This Hoverfly was particularly fond of my Poppy 'Falling in Love' blooms, as am I... (more)

Image of the Week: Guzmania

This week we're kicking off our photo journey in the house, and are taking a look at a couple of house plants... (more)

Image of the Week: Abyssinian Gladiolus

This beautiful piece of flora is called an Abyssinian Gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae formerly classified under the genus of Acidanthera). Grown as a late flowering summer bulb, the flowers are produced on top of slender stems that can grow in excess of two feet tall... (more)

Image of the Week: River Lily

This is the River Lily (Hesperantha coccinea, also known as Schizostylis Coccinea), also known as the Crimson Flag, or Kaffir Lily... (more)

Image of the Week: Raindrop Retreat

After an extremely dry period of weather, the garden got some much needed rain this weekend. The only downside was that it came during my Sunday morning photo shoot in my dad's garden! This meant that there was very little chance of photographing insects as they had all stayed home in bed, avoiding the enormous raindrops... (more)

Image of the Week: Speckled Wood

It ended up being another glorious week here, and so the insects have been out in force once more. A butterfly that has been missing from my portfolio so far this year has been the Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) butterfly, but this weekend I managed to track some down, and put that right... (more)

Tutorial: Insect Safari

I've been asked quite a few times about how I shoot my insect macros, and have explained more than once or twice in various forums. However, now that I have a location to put all of my photography related information, namely here, I thought I'd collate the information and create a tutorial, based upon my own experiences! So, here goes... (more)

Image of the Week: Bumblebee on Zinnia

It has been another glorious week here in the South of England, and the insects have once again been out in force enjoying the warm weather and lovely sunshine... (more)

Image of the Week: Seedy Allium

This week we're starting off in my garden, with this very photogenic Drumstick Allium (Allium sphaerocephalon), pictured in front of a hanging basket full of Petunia 'Night Sky' blooms... (more)

Image of the Week: Alien

It's not often you find a bona fide alien in your garden, but that's what I thought I'd found when I was cutting down some large Iris leaves last week... (more)

Image of the Week: Vigilant Gatekeeper

The heatwave I talked about last week continued for most of this week, and brought with it a whole host of friendly butterflies... (more)

Image of the Week: Orange Ladybird

Well, what a difference a week makes. Last week it seemed summer had deserted us, and winter had returned, but this week we've been experiencing a heatwave... (more)

Image of the Week: Gooseberries

You may be wondering why I'm leading with a picture of a collection of gooseberries this week? Well, typical British summertime has resumed as you'll see from some of the shots below... (more)

Image of the Week: Bee Leaving

We finally had a week that was more befitting for British summertime, where it was actually more like summer than winter. The warm sunshine brought with it a plethora of flora and fauna activity, which I'll give you a peek of in this week's article... (more)

Image of the Week: Yawn...

It was only a matter of time before my photographic buddy became this year's Image of the Week, and I think you'll agree that my little friend deserves his time in the limelight... (more)

Image of the Week: Strelitzia

This week I'm showcasing one of my all time favourite plants, the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) plant. I've been wanting to grow this impressive looking plant for a very long time, and have had numerous attempts at growing one from seed! Unfortunately, I've never had a single seed germinate... (more)

Image of the Week: Ichneumon Profile

Well what a change in the weather there was this week! Last week I devoted my whole weekly article to the arrival of the insects, but this week it was so cold and wet there was hardly one to be found... (more)

Image of the Week: Hovering Hoverfly

This week the whole article is dedicated to the return of the insects. I've posted a few insect photos in previous articles this year, but this week, the glorious weather has encouraged all sorts of creepy crawlies to reappear... (more)

Image of the Week: Thick Legged Flower Beetle

Despite being relatively common, this Thick Legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) is a new beetle to me. You can see where it gets its name, just look at those powerful looking rear legs... (more)

Image of the Week: Green Shield Bug

With it being so wet this weekend, I wasn't expecting to be shooting insects, but then I stumbled across this fine specimen drying out on a leaf... (more)

Image of the Week: House Sparrow

Last week I wanted to concentrate on avian photography, but got distracted by bugs, but this week I stuck to my task, and spent a morning with the birds... (more)

Image of the Week: On Top of the World

For the most part it has been a beautiful week since I last posted. Temperatures have been soaring above twenty degrees centigrade and there have been blue skies every day, until a couple of days ago, when the rain returned; more on that later... (more)

Image of the Week: Spring Anemone

We've had a gorgeous week so far this week, and with the fantastic weather has come the arrival of lots of new flowers to my garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Pollen Addict

After the beautiful weather we've had over the past few weeks it was a bit of a shock to the system to have frosty mornings and freezing cold days return this far into the year... (more)

Image of the Week: Pass it On

This last week has been the best of the year so far weather wise, with some beautiful blue skies and a notable rise in temperature during the daytime. The warmer weather has encouraged all sorts of wildlife into the garden, especially the birds and the bees... (more)

Image of the Week: Small but Beautiful

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that its not only our cultivated flowers that are awakening this springtime, but also the uninvited guests in our garden - the weeds! This got me thinking about some of the prettier wild plants that live in our gardens... (more)

Image of the Week: Afternoon Sunlight

The recent good weather, and in particular the warm spell, has done wonders for the spring bulbs planted in the garden, especially the Tulips... (more)

Image of the Week: Hyacinth Probing

We've had very mixed weather conditions in the last week that have brought everything from blazing sunshine, hailstones, torrential rain and 100 mph winds to the area... (more)

Image of the Week: Petunia Plugs

Something a little different this week! As those who follow my weekly posts will already know, I spend quite a lot of my photography time shooting flowers. What most probably don't know, however, is that for the past three or four years I've also spent quite a lot of time growing them... (more)

Image of the Week: Spring Sunshine

This has definitely been the most productive week this year in terms of photography, and I have a bumper crop of flowers and feathers to share with you... (more)

Image of the Week: Mouse and Mole

This week I have another mixed selection of fauna and flora to share with you. My favourite is of one of a family of mice that currently resides beneath my garden shed... (more)

Image of the Week: Collector

This week I've got a bit of a mixed bag of imagery to show you! First off is this little Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Over the past couple of weeks he has decided to take up residence in a bird box in my garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Abstract Flora

It's amazing what a little bit of sunshine can do for the flower garden in springtime! The last few weeks have been quite slow going for all of the spring bulbs, and up until now, only the camellia has added any real colour to the garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Great Tit Flight

With springtime somewhat on hold in the flower garden, this week I concentrated on photographing birds. I was hoping to capture a good cross-section of British garden birds, and I ended up with quite a good collection - even if I say so myself... (more)

Image of the Week: Star Attraction

In a turbulent week weather wise, I managed to get out and shoot some springtime images in almost perfect conditions, only a few hours before storm Isobel battered the South of England into submission... (more)

Image of the Week: Raindrop Islands

Another week brings with it another collection of raindrops. This week I was once again presented with the challenge of shooting something in the rain... (more)

Image of the Week: Raindrop Plateau

There are no prizes for guessing the subject of this week's Image of the Week article! After the good weather of a couple of weeks ago, followed by the cold weather of last week, this week we were back... (more)

Image of the Week: Broken Bract

What a difference a week makes! Last week, spring was most definitely in the air. There were promising signs of new growth in the garden and even some colour starting to show. This week, however, it had... (more)

Image of the Week: Early Camellia

Spring was definitely in the air last weekend when I took pictures of this camellia! The bush normally comes into flower in late February, but the unseasonally warm temperatures and the abundance of rain... (more)

Image of the Week: Shields Up

For this week's Image of the Week I'm taking a dip into my archive - literally! (more)

Image of the Week: Happy New Year

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016! I can't believe another year is over, it seems to have passed by so quickly... (more)

Image of the Week: Southampton Civic Centre

Something a lot different from me this week - and not at all Christmassy!!! This building is part of Southampton Civic Centre, which I photographed recently while... (more)

Image of the Week: Skein

I was quite fortunate this week to witness the classic V shape formation of some migrating geese... (more)

Image of the Week: Rose Hip

Despite last week's surprise appearance of some early Quince blossom, this week there were very few photographic opportunities in the garden... (more)

Image of the Week: Early Quince

With the number of colours in the garden decreasing as winter draws nearer, I was quite surprised to find a quince bush full of blossom last weekend... (more)

Image of the Week: Blooming Nerine

Well, as I said in my write-up for last week's Image of the Week article, I kept my fingers crossed, and had the pleasure of witnessing my Nerine bowdenii buds bloom... (more)

Far from the Spaceports

I'm very pleased to announce that I have recently finished working on my fourth book cover artwork collaboration. Far from the Spaceports is the first in what I hope will be a long series of science fiction novels written by my good friend Richard Abbott... (more)

Image of the Week: Budding Nerine

I've spent a long time waiting for the moment, and it's nearly here. I planted a small collection of Nerine bowdenii bulbs back in March, and they have almost fulfilled their promise... (more)

Image of the Week: Blueberry Bush Leaf

This is the first year that I've grown blueberry bushes, and I wasn't expecting much from them. However, not only did they provide a small but delicious crop of fruit... (more)

Image of the Week: Wet Weaver Web

I have to admit that I love this time of year! I could spend all day and every day photographing the delights that autumn brings... (more)

Image of the Week: Cloud Iridescence

Here's a photograph of something a little different from me. This colourful looking abstract is of a rainbow in a cloud... (more)

Image of the Week: Anthurium

This remarkable looking flower is called an Anthurium, and this particular plant has been flowering non-stop since last Christmas... (more)

Image of the Week: Schizostylis Coccinea

At a time of the year when most flowers are fading, it's nice to see a flower that's thriving in the cooler temperatures of autumn... (more)

Image of the Week: Nuts Whole Hazelnuts

As I was walking around a particularly magnificent looking Corkscrew hazel tree (Corylus avellana contorta) at the weekend, I noticed a number of hazelnuts scattered around its base... (more)

Website Update

This is just a short announcement to inform everyone that there is now an option to share articles from the website using Google+... (more)

Website Update

With another new month comes another trio of website updates! Updates include a new look for the Image of the Week archive, a refresh for the Latest Article page and the introduction of a new Acknowledgements page... (more)

Image of the Week: Crane Fly

It was only last week that I wrote about not being able to walk around the garden without running into a spider web. This week there were new obstacles, namely, crane flies... (more)

Blood Moon

I couldn't resist staying up until about 4am to grab a few shots of the 'blood moon' as the supermoon and lunar eclipse coincided on Sunday night... (more)

Website Update

Regular visitors to the website and blog will have noticed the introduction of a new Privacy Policy... (more)

Image of the Week: Garden Spider

September is the time of the year when it becomes difficult to walk around the garden without becoming entangled in spider webs... (more)

Image of the Week: Japanese Anemone

The weather meant I had very little time for photography this weekend, and when I did get outside, there didn't appear to be much to photograph... (more)

Image of the Week: Food Coloured Heather

So I was walking around the garden centre earlier today, looking for something colourful to make the garden a more pleasant place to be as summer winds down, when I came across this stuff... (more)

Image of the Week: Elephant Hawk Moth

It's not often that I post my Image of the Week on the same day that I take it. In fact, that wasn't my plan for this week either, until I came to put my bin out in readiness for the refuse collectors. Let me explain... (more)

Image of the Week: Greenbottle

We have encountered what can only be called a typical British summertime over the last few days! Of course, this means that rain has been quite abundant... (more)

Image of the Week: Gatekeeper Greeting

This has to be my favourite time of the year for shooting insects, and last weekend, conditions were absolutely perfect for pursuing insects... (more)

Image of the Week: Geranium Rozanne

One of my favourite things to photograph are flowers, especially if I've grown them myself... (more)

Image of the Week: Migrant Hawker

After the disappointing weather of the last couple of weeks, this weekend was a cracker, especially for those of us who like photographing insects... (more)

Image of the Week: Bumblebee Browsing

Due to the inclement British summertime weather, this week's Image of the Week is from a couple of week's ago... (more)

Image of the Week: Peregrine Falcon

So, picture the scene. There was I, sat in my dad's back garden, drinking a cup of coffee, enjoying the sunshine and having a nice chat. A group of great tits take up residence in a nearby tree, and I pick up my camera... (more)

Image of the Week: Grey Squirrel

Those who follow my weekly musings will no doubt have picked up on my love of macro and bird photography. This week, however, we have something a little different... (more)

Image of the Week: Allium Arrival

While I love taking pictures of flowers in full bloom, I also think there is some merit in capturing them just before the moment they explode into their full beauty... (more)

Image of the Week: Goldfinch

With most of the small birds in the UK being dubbed LBJ's - Little Brown Jobs - I'm always pleased to see one of our more common colourful species... (more)

Image of the Week: Zebra Jumping Spider

I was very fortunate to get any sort of image for this week's post, and was even more fortunate to find such a cute spider willing to pose for me... (more)

Image of the Week: The Centre of Attention

The arrival of the Wild Roses in the garden seemed to send the bumblebees into some sort of pollen collecting frenzy... (more)

Danger Mouse

After placing my Wildlife Trail Camera in the garden for a few nights, I identified an area that is used by a family of mice every night... (more)

Image of the Week: Flying Visit

This image is the result of me setting out to get a half decent photograph of a Dunnock - more commonly known as a Hedge Sparrow... (more)

Image of the Week: Blue Iris

I'm regularly astounded by nature! Take this blue iris, for instance. It was planted three years ago, in a sheltered part of the garden. Each year, on or around the 1st of June... (more)

Midnight Snack

As you can see from the above video, I've purchased a camera capable of nighttime shooting! It's actually a Wildlife Trail Camera that has infrared and motion detecting capabilities... (more)

Image of the Week: X-Rated

So, how should I put this? Well, spring was most definitely in the air at the weekend as I walked around the garden, and it wasn't only the birds and the bees who were getting it on... (more)

Image of the Week: Robin on the Fence

I'm quite lucky to have some blue tits nesting in my garden. I've been keeping an eye on them for the last few weeks, watching the parents bring a succession of food back to the nest box... (more)

Image of the Week: Guilty as Charged

Last week I wrote about how photography had led me to becoming quite a keen gardener, and how I grew plants and flowers that would attract... (more)

Image of the Week: Bleeding Hearts

As a nature photographer who primarily shoots macro nature images, it was almost inevitable that I'd end up being quite a keen gardener... (more)

Website Update

A short announcement. I've finally got around to implementing the Blog Article Archive feature... (more)

Image of the Week: Abstract Alstroemeria

It sometimes rains! Hmm! Actually, in the UK, it has rained quite a lot of the time in recent years... (more)

Image of the Week: Early Damsel

The culmination of a lovely week weather-wise saw the first damselflies arrive in the UK - the Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)... (more)

The Flame Before Us

I'm very pleased to announce that I have recently finished working on my third book cover artwork collaboration... (more)

Image of the Week: Robin Red Breast

You may remember my Pied Wagtail shot from about a month ago? It was my Image of the Week, and my article accompanying the image told... (more)

Image of the Week: Sempervivum

Ever since I was bitten by the photography bug, I've viewed my surroundings slightly differently to how I used to... (more)

Happy Easter

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Easter - especially if you've got a sweet tooth... (more)

Image of the Week: Cobalt Blue

I've recently taken on the task of trying to better organise my image archives, and it has led me to discovering some hidden gems amongst my portfolio of images... (more)

Image of the Week: Hoverfly Eye

Anyone who follows my photography knows that I love shooting insects... (more)

Image of the Week: Springtime Tulips

It always feels more like springtime when the tulips arrive - even if they were bought from a shop... (more)

Happy St Patrick's Day

I love any excuse for posting one of my water splash images, and St Patrick's Day seems like as good an excuse as any... (more)

Happy Mother's Day

I couldn't let Mothering Sunday pass without uploading something pretty to mark the day... (more)


I was most excited by the return of the frogs to my garden pond. They've been breeding there for the last four or five years, and this year have already produced frogspawn... (more)

Image of the Week: Pied Wagtail

If there's one thing I love taking pictures of, it's birds! As subjects, they offer the photographer a fantastic challenge... (more)

Image of the Week: Blooming Springtime

For this week's Image of the Week, the object of the exercise was to capture springtime from the viewpoint of a bug... (more)

Happy St David's Day

What better way to celebrate St David's day than to go out and shoot some daffodils? The only problem is... (more)

Image of the Week: Winter Jasmine

For this week's Image of the Week I went looking for colour! The problem was that on a very grey February day there was very little colour about... (more)

Tutorial: Lunar New Year

I'm always glad of an excuse to post an image of the moon! Like many, I find the moon a fascinating subject to shoot and thought I'd share some tips on how to shoot it... (more)

Pancake Tuesday

So who doesn't like pancakes? Even if you don't like to eat them, Pancake Tuesday, or more correctly, Shrove Tuesday, is a great day to get the camera out... (more)

Image of the Week: Lost in Thought

I thought I'd better strike while the iron was hot and upload this week's Image of the Week... (more)

Image of the Week: Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's day everyone! I hope you are all having the most wonderful of times... (more)

Portfolio Refresh - 2015

Every year I refresh my website image portfolios with images taken in the previous year, and today's the day... (more)


Having uploaded my 2014 100x project images, and then talked about them, I thought I'd better explain what a 100x project is... (more)

Website Update

Regular visitors to the website may have noticed a few changes recently. The major update is the introduction of a blog feature... (more)