animals · Art · nature

Squirrels are judgemental

Pentax K5ii 100mm f/2.8 1/250 ISO 200

There I was, out in the backyard, minding my own business and taking photos of the plethora of wildflowers along the bush line, when I hear a very loud chittering. Angry chittering, if you will. So, after looking around, and up, for a few minutes I finally spy this little bugger. Clearly not minding his own business.

So I shot him. LOL With the camera, of course. This is not the same squirrel as previously posted – she’s smaller and not as aggro as this one. Even when I walked away, this guy kept yelling at me all the way back to the house. Which is some 200 metres from his tree.

Despite his agressiveness and opinions on my photographic techniques, he is pretty cute though.

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Abstract · Art · black & white · flowers · Macro · monochrome · nature · Textures

Bit of Sydney in my Garden

Pentax K5ii 100mm f/2.8 1/640 ISO100

The lone peony . . . looks a bit like the Sydney Opera House from this angle, doesn’t it? I had such fun photographing this beautiful specimen. Even though I had to contort myself into uncomfortable positions to get some of the shots . . . unlike in the studio, where I can just move the flower. Wasn’t moving this one, or taking it off the bush. It’s the only peony I’ve ever grown! And I want to enjoy it as long as possible!

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Art · flowers · foliage · Macro · nature

Lovely Lone Peony

Pentax K5ii 100mm f/2.8 1/800 ISO 100

It took seven or eight years, but at long last, ONE of my four peony plants bloomed!!! And this is the ONLY bloom. So, of course, I had to photograph it for posterity.

I’ve heard that it takes 5-7 years for peonies to bloom, and a few of my friends are finally getting blooms on theirs too – we think the unusual amount of heat we’ve been having has had something to do with it – hopefully though, this means that next year we’ll have more . . . because they’re SO pretty!!! In both colour and monochrome. Which I will post later . . . after-all, I spent something like half an hour photographing this one flower, so I have lots of shots!

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animals · Art · CFFC · flowers · Macro · Photo Challenges

CFFC: Orange . . . Begonias & Bees

I took this photo a week ago – at the height of our wicked heat wave . . . Saw this bee trying to take a nap in the slight shade provided by my begonias, and I couldn’t resist – despite the fact that the bright orange (see what I did there?!) sun was beating down, causing the temperature in the shade to be 35+C. I think that’s almost 100F for you Americans.

This is my entry this week to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – this is the most orange photo I’ve ever taken!

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