A strange flower in a garden devoid of flora

Strange Flower

Whilst out in the garden I was surprised to find this. Surprised mostly because our garden is utterly devoid of Flora with the exception of our neighbours Ivy and some weedy grass. No idea what kind of flower it is and never have I seen one like it before. The Stamen are shaped like some sort of Alien Helicopter and the flies seem to like it, as do the gnats. Otherwise it was just there, on it’s own

Recorded for posterity with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 with a 12mm Kenko Extention tube attached.

Sandals, abandoned in the sun

Out in the garden at the weekend I ended up leaving my sandals laying about while I soaked up a few rays. Bit of a daft idea really as when I went to put them on again they were rather warm and scalded the soles of my feet.

Sandals in the sunshine

First time the 70-200 has been attached to the camera for ages – forgot what a narrow DOF you get with it.

Fearless Frank – Young Robin

Young Robin

I know Robins tend to be curious and fearless when investigating but this little chap took to the extremes. I was sat outside and he/she just hopped up, closer and closer until it was practically sitting on my shoe. I fully expected it to disappear, but when I stood up to get my camera, it fluttered away just far enough outside my minimum focus distance for me to get a couple of shots. I’m no expert but I’m guessing it’s fairly young and can’t see it lasting long out there unless it gets a bit more streetwise….

Red thing, possibly an ant on a grass seed………

Red thing on Grass Seed....

 

 

The harder I try not to take any Macro shots, the more I seem to end up with – Was out for a walk yesterday along the banks of the River Blackwater in Essex.  Was looking to try and take an uncluttered panorama of the river and spotted a grass seed head that looked a bit odd (as in the wrong colour).  Only had the 70-200 F2.8 Sigma on me, and was quite pleased with the end result here.

Grasshopper – No Grass

Was sat out in the garden having a fag and a coffee when this chap hopped up onto the table. I didn’t expect it to still be there by the time I’d gone indoors and attached the kenko tubes to the 70-200 but he didn’t seem to be in any great rush to get back into the grass.
Grass would have made a better background but I’m not complaining too much. Took a few shots at a variety of settings, finding that f9 -f11 almost gave me enough DOF to keep it relatively sharp. Had to up the ISO to 800 to be able to hand hold and shoot. If I’d had the tripod handy I may have been able to take more shots and stack them all together but wasn’t sure how long it’d hang around for !!

Grasshopper - No Grass

Grasshopper - No Grass

Grasshopper - No Grass

Don’t think this was the same one from the weekend as that one never had the coloured armour behind it’s head. Somehow it seems that the garden at Canvey Castle here is becoming a bit of a nature reserve. If anyone could Identify what make and model of grasshopper this is I’d be quite interested to hear from you.

Canvey Island Grass Fire tackled by local Model Club members.

There we were at Waterside Farm Leisure Centre waiting for the Island Boys Under 11 match to kick off. Suddenly, we smelt smoke, and turned to see that a fire had broken out in the reeds near to the road. Smoke was bellowing acrosss the busy lunchtime traffic and the flames seemed to be spreading quite quickly. Having had to call the Fire Brigade the previous evening to another grass fire over the road I reluctantly pulled out my phone, wondering whether they would think that I was a firestarting photographer with a fetish for men in uniform. Fortunately some-one else had already reported it, and we were assured that a pump was on it’s way.
A Grass fire on Somnes Avenue Canvey Island is tackled by members of a nearby model club.
As I was watching from a prudently safe distance (all thoughts of football now having been postponed by all the spectators and both teams) members of the Canvey Railway and Model Engineering Club proceeded to calmly tackle the blaze with long shovels and buckets of water. All was under control by the time the fire brigade turned up, so they damped down and left.
Canvey Island's Railway and Model Engineering Club members tackle a grass fire with long shovels and water.