May 2016

Making whoopee!

bugs on orchid

A couple of bugs having fun in an Adriatic lizard orchid flower.

Canon G3X ISO250 1/60 at f/7.1

Cortona view


View from the town hall steps in the Piazza della Republica, Cortona. Always special.

Canon G3X ISO250 1/320 at f/10

Garden with a view

monterchi garden

Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful view over the farmland and hills beyond Monterchi, Tuscany.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/1250 at f/8

Young Vines


Vines in early leaf in a small vineyard below Monterchi, Tuscany.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/1250 at f/8. Full zoom

Monte Santa Maria Tiberina


This pretty hill town in Umbria is near the border with Tuscany. Shot taken from Monterchi, Tuscany at a distance of seven kilometres.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/1250 at f/8 at full zoom. Tweaked in LR

Jupiter and the Gallilean moons

My first shot of Jupiter and its four visible moons with the Canon G3X. Impressively clear given the shot is handheld – the IS in the G3X never ceases to amaze. From left to right the moons are Ganymede, Europa, Io(appearing to be touching Jupiter at about nine o’clock) and Callisto.

ISO400 1/30 at f/5.6 on full zoom and cropped/tweaked in LR. Exact timing at GMT+2: 21:30.13

All things lavender

lavanda del lago

The Lavanda Del Lago shop in the Via Cavour, Arezzo, Tuscany sells things that are, well, lavender-related. Cute.

Canon G3X ISO320 1/60 at f/11

Chirpy chappy

chiffchaff or willow warbler

This is either a chiffchaff or a willow warbler – advice needed! Whichever, he was enjoying the early morning sun in the garden at Kirklington, Notts. UK

Canon G3X ISO500 1/320 at f/8

Cone circle

pine cones

The secret of a successful garden is to train the trees and plants to do exactly what you want them to do. This pine ticks all the boxes on where to drop its cones.

Canon G3X ISO640 1/60 at f/9



Honey is a young horse that lives in the field behind my daughter and family’s house in Notts.

Canon G3X ISO200 1/640 at f/9