Ivy Bee Bliss

This week while the weather outside is less favourable I want to think about a particular plant, Common Ivy (Hedera helix), and why it is so important for wildlife. You might be wondering what the link is between the two factors but at this time of year there are few plants which are still flowering and Ivy is one of them. This is a slightly spontaneous post after a somewhat momentous wildlife encounter I had last week. You might have read about it on Twitter if you follow me (@AHunterPhotos). I found an Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) and I was rather pleased to have done so.

Colourful Choices

  Each season has its highlights as far as photography is concerned, but autumn does perhaps offer the photographer more colourful choices of subject than any other time of year. Whether you are into landscape photography, macro work or wildlife portraiture it’s a fun time to be out and about. For me, when the colours start to change in the leaves as temperatures drop, the urge to leave the warmth of my home office, camera in hand, becomes strong and I don’t always have to go far. In a few weeks’ time, the richly coloured berries of Cotoneaster and Pyracantha in the garden will attract a variety of birds, but now they make a nice backdrop for some macro photography. This shot of a Garden Spider’s Web has Pyracantha berries in the background. The droplets of water left by the misty […]

Phone photography

One of the most frequent comments I receive is “I wish I could take photographs like yours but I only use my phone”. This week I thought I’d share a few photos that I’ve taken on my iPhone in the last couple of years, to prove that you don’t always need a fancy camera to achieve reasonable results. Don’t get me wrong, I love my camera – my husband has joked before that I should perhaps be married to it rather than him! That said, I don’t always have it to hand when I should and sometimes I prefer not to take it out. I go with the grand notion of actually experiencing wildlife rather than focusing on the photograph I want to achieve. However, if I find something wonderful I can’t help but want to document it. There are […]