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Poppy field overload

 

Poppy field overload, originally uploaded by Thomas Tolkien.

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Flowers, Tolkien

 

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Thrift – Armeria maritima – Morning Star Deep Rose

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Flowers, Tolkien

 

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Orange Hibiscus Glowing

Orange Hibiscus Glowing, originally uploaded by Thomas Tolkien.

The pot plant in full bloom. Now fully settled on a different window ledge, there are four more buds waiting to burst into a feast of floral fecundity. Can the record of four stamens on one flower be beaten?

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Flowers, Tolkien

 

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Lavender and Hoverfly

Lavender and Hoverfly, originally uploaded by Thomas Tolkien.

Perfect landing!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in Tolkien, Wildlife

 

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Sweet Williams

Sweet Williams, originally uploaded by Thomas Tolkien.

Dianthus barbatus

A macro shot using the D7000’s small flash limited by holding my hand over it. 60mm at around 2.8 to severely restrict the depth of field to the pastel stamen. I know the point of a good macro is to achieve edge to edge sharpness using tiny apertures, but I like fuzzy, swimming bokeh to frame the object, and throw it forward towards the viewer. Sweet Williams seem flavour of the month around here – I picked these up in a supermarket on my way back from work. The best part of the long out of county commute and daily grind.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Flowers, Tolkien

 

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Nearly but not quite

Nearly but not quite, originally uploaded by Thomas Tolkien.

The first of many pot plants. A single ornamental thistle in an oversized plant pot. Part of me had to wonder whether I’d been conned. ‘Bee Magnet’ and ‘Butterfly Bonanza’ screamed the signage. ‘Five pounds for a weed,’ screamed my wallet. The promise of an orgy of bees for my 60mm f2.8 macro lens won out.
The D70s is quiet. The D7000 has an almost sound effect shutter which acts as a sonic cattle prod to anything with wings. Many bees – none in shot.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Herefordshire, Tolkien

 

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Ornamental Thistle

Ornamental Thistle, originally uploaded by Thomas Tolkien.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Herefordshire, Tolkien

 

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