Life in the wildflower verge: Part I

After an absolutely dismal May which was quite literally a wash out, it’s nice to see the return of sunny skies here in Aberystwyth. Thanks in part to all that rain, and the absence so far of the council mowers the wild areas around the harbour have sprung into life providing a habitat for all…

Sighting: Plasterer bee

Most of my time spend photographing is done close to home and exploring the area in and around ‘the gap’. Whilst there is a sense of familiarity here in photographing the same creatures and the same cycles of life each season, there are also occasionally a new sighting, piece of behaviour or encounter to capture…

Celebrating solitary bees

Aberystwyth Castle grounds are always one of my favourite places to visit for their abundance in bird life as well as the vibrant flowers which adorn it’s borders and decorative beds. As mentioned in my previous blog, there is a noticeable lack of cultivated flowers this year as the annuals have not yet been replaced…

Sighting: Ashy Mining Bee

We might still be limited to just a few walks outside a day but nature continues to provide plenty of distraction and beautiful things to to observe. There is even the odd surprise such as this lovely and unusual looking bee encountered recently. Do not adjust your screen, there’s no clever photoshop trickery here, this…

Nature is still open for business

The world is currently in the grip of a devastating virus, a type of coronavirus known as covid-19. Originating in China, the illness has now spread rapidly across the globe resulting in a pandemic being declared a little over a week ago. Since then life as we know it has changed dramatically. Offices, pubs, restaurants…

Bee happy

With a storm raging outside and rattling the windows what better time to catch up on some editing and look back at some of my photographs captured back in the warmth and calm of summer. Having invested in a prime macro lens earlier in the year much of my attention since has been focused on…

Solitary bee week

This week 1st to 7th July 2019 is Solitary Bee Week, celebrating some of our lesser known bee species. There are over 240 species of solitary bee found in the UK and like our more familiar bumblebees and honeybees they are highly effective pollinators. Unlike these however the solitary bees (as their names suggests) do…

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro test shots

Having spent many years now taking macro photographs with a standard 17-55mm kit lens and various extension tubes and magnifying filters I finally decided it was time to treat myself to an upgrade! Unfortunately a top-spec canon lens was far beyond my budget but after a little research the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS…

Getting a buzz from nature

Taking a break from the birds, today was instead spent searching for the smaller inhabitants of the natural world; in particular the pollinators, tiny creatures who play a crucial role in our ecosystems. Plants use their colourful floral displays and scents to attract insects such as bees and flies to feed on the nectar concealed…