Day 251 – At Rest…

Came across this beautiful butterfly while we were in the garden this afternoon. I’ve never seen this variety before, but apparently it’s quite common. It’s called a Speckled Wood, and easily identifiable by its distinctive spots or ‘eyes’ on its wings.

Speckled Wood butterfly – SonyA7iii & 24-105mm

Day 250 – Keeping An Eye…

… on the weather. This weathervane sits on the roof of our neighbour’s barn. The barn is around 200 years old, and I suspect the weathervane is of similar age. Lit by an amazing sky this evening.

Weathervane, Peatswood – SonyA7iii & 24-105mm

Day 203 – A Gardener’s Paradise…

This is part of the Italienate Gardens at Trentham, near Stone. It has been a country estate since the 11th century, and although the fine country house that once stood here has been largely demolished over the years, the gardens, originally designed by Capability Brown, have been lovingly restored as a country park. Well worth a visit…

Trentham Gardens – SonyA7iii & 35mm f2.8

Day 200 – New Addition…

I’ve been thinking for some time that I might slim down my camera equipment – it’s kind of grown somewhat over the last year or so, and there are times when I figure I could just manage with a decent compact camera. However, I’ve always hankered for a good telephoto zoom, and this nearly new Sony 70-200mm f4 lens was too good a deal to miss. Yet to test it out, but I’m sure it will be great!

Sony 70-200mm f4 – iPhone XR

Day 195 – ID Photo…?

Our granddaughter asked me today if I would take a photo for her school ID card. She starts senior school in September – how can that be already? I got my phone out ready to take the photo, only to be told she didn’t want a ‘phone photo’, she wanted a ‘proper’ photo! So out came the SonyA7iii and we had a mini portrait session…

Izzy – SonyA7iii

Day 187 – Standing Like Soldiers…

Even though we cut them right down each autumn, these beautiful Verbena plants pop up just the same the following year. One of many strains, these ones are apparently named Verbena Bonariensis and grow to about 1m tall. They do seem to attract butterflies too…

Verbena Bonariensis – SonyA7iii & 85mm

Day 178 – For Peat’s Sake…

Peat, formed by the long term decay of vegetation in boggy wetlands, has been a fuel in Ireland for thousands of years. Although increasingly frowned on as ecologically unsound, it is still harvested by traditional methods, cutting it by hand, and leaving in small piles to dry out.

Peat drying, Connemara – SonyA7iii