Llanerchaeron

The final stop on our Welsh trip was to Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron - a John Nash house with an enormous pair of walled gardens. These were full of more fruit and vegetable plants than you could imagine.   Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/500 @ f3.5, ISO 100 There is also a working farm, with some particularly inquisitive pigs!   Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/500 @ f3.5, ISO 100 Some of the plants in the walled garden were covered with more bees than I've ever seen - I assume they've got a hive or two somewhere. There were also plenty of butterflies - I seem to have hardly seen any since I was a child (and that's going back some way now...). I was surprised by just how close I could get to it with the macro turned on on the compact camera.     Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/500 @ f3.5, ISO 100 Having mentioned on a previous post about the fogged infra-red film at Dyrham...
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Bosherston

We also visited Bosherston in Pembrokeshire, where three small valleys were flooded in the 1800s to form a large series of lakes. These are full of water lillies, and look fantastic. Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/800 @ f5.6, ISO 100 Having walked for a mile or so along the valley, you suddenly come out at Broad Haven beach - completely unexpected and very picturesque. Without wanting to sound rude, you wouldn't guess it was Wales, would you? Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/800 @ f4.4, ISO 100 And on the walk back, we came across this cormorant, which happily sat there for ages while I took photos. Panasonic FX-37, 130mm equivalent, 1/125 @ f5.9, ISO 200 ...
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Abbey House Gardens

A visit to Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury in early September. I seem to have taken quite a lot of photos of bees this year, and am quite pleased with these two. Nikon D200, Cosina 100mm macro lens, 1/250 @ f11, ISO 250 Nikon D200, Cosina 100mm macro lens, 1/320 @ f8, ISO 400 And finally I rather like the colours, light and shadow on this. Nikon D200, Cosina 100mm macro lens, 1/640 @ f8, ISO 160...
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The garden (again)

Another one from the garden at home, with a bee collecting pollen from, well I don't know, some plant or other. I can identify a rose, a lily and a tulip and that's about it. We had loads of bees in the garden this year (I won't use the term "summer" as we didn't really have one), really good to see. Nikon D200, Cosina 100mm macro lens, 1/160 @ f6.7, ISO 100  ...
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The garden

These were actually taken on the same day as the previous ones, later in the afternoon. This is a courgette flower, in the evening sunlight at the front of the house. Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equiv, 1/500 @ f4, ISO 100   One of our lilys - I think the water droplets come from watering rather than rain. Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equiv, 1/200 @ f2.8, ISO 100   This one is much less arty than the others, but does show just how many vegetables we* were growing! The plants in the blue Ikea bags are green beans, runner beans, peas, mange-tout and petit-pois, while the stuff in the black buckets at the front are potatoes. The metal cages you can make out at the back are supporting the tomatoes. Some of the tomatoes are still going, 6ft tall and with massive fruit. We've already made two batches of green tomato chutney (one of them a huge batch) as well as tomato sauce and tomato soup. * That's the...
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