June 2016

Getting down to business

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Two rose chafers (out of dozens) enjoying the abundance of pollen in the cotoneaster flowers in our garden.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/500 at f/8 & 220mm (600mm equiv)


rose chafers

Rose chafers loving all the blossom on a large cotoneaster.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/500at f/8

Bucolic beauty

June 12-4

The view across the valley from Le Gupole

Canon Gx3 ISO500 1/640 at f/8





























I think this lizard fancied himself as a bit of a hunk.

Canon Gx3 ISO500 1/640 at f/9

End of the poppy season


The poppies are nearly over here in Tuscany.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/1000 at f/8

Western Crowned Pigeon

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A Western (or Common or Blue) Crowned Pigeon feeding its chick in the pouring rain in the aviary in Hong Kong Park. This shot was taken many years ago in pre-digital days with a Canon EOS3 and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L lens with negative film stock. The streaks are rain!

Leap of faith


A leap of faith  – rather like the result of yesterday’s referendum, and equally misguided.

Canon G3X500 1/160 at f/8

Darth Vader mushroom

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The extremely rare Darth Vader mask mushroom of Le Gupole. Following on from yesterday’s shot, here’s the same mushroom – quite a small one, ~1 1/2 inches across – taken from a different angle.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/80 at f/8

Hedgehog mask mushroom

hedgehog head mask mushroom

The famous and extremely rare hedgehog-mask mushroom of Gupole.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/2000 at f/8

After the blossoms

phlomis head

A detailed close-up of a phlomis head once all the intense yellow blossom has blown away.

Canon EOS-100D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens ISO1600 1/160 at f/8