I almost walked over this poor little hedgehog this morning! In November – fancy that! The fact that it went totally still and pretended to be part of the background didn’t help at all..
Also known as christmas cactus (but it is flowering here in Cambridge just in time for Thanksgiving), Schlumbergera’s are a strange sort of cactus plants. They have stems that look like leaf-like pads connected to one another. The flowers form at the terminal end of the plant. I grew mine from a small two segment section taken from a friends house and popped into a pot.
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Nikon D7000, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens ISO400, f/13, 3 seconds
Captured at the Flying Legends Airshow at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. More about this iconic US built World War 2 plane on Wikipedia. This particular model H75-C1 (number 82) is one of (possibly the only) Hawk to be restored to flying condition. Please click on the photo for more viewing options on Flickr.
Nikon D7000, f/5, 1/1000, ISO200 Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 Lens
The rain and the damp here in East England has meant that there is a sudden explosion of mushrooms. Large and small, normal and strangely shaped, they’re all shooting up everywhere.. Here’s a tiny tiny mushroom that was shot at the closest approach I could make with my phone! I have selectively desaturated the background for emphasis.
My workplace is also home to a wetland habitat. The wild grassland bordering is a haven for moths, butterflies and damselflies that thrive on the plentiful thistles. I find them especially beautiful when they set winged soft silky winged seeds ready to be blown by the gentlest breeze.
Autumn 2015 has been particularly great for roses here in Cambridge. My garden was full of roses in their second blooming flush this year and some are still in bloom (in November). This particular english rose has heavy blooms that almost bend the thin branches to the ground.
This photograph has a natural black background generated by the use of a off-camera slave flash at right angles combined with a small aperture f/11 and exposure time of 1/250. Click on the photo for options to view this in larger size on Flickr.
Nikon D7000, 105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens f/11, 1/250, ISO100 Post-processed with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC