New Square Greeting Cards

New greeting cards just sent off for printing including 10 new designs! Will be available to buy from next week. Watch this space!
All greeting cards will be square and 148mm in size.

New designs include (from top left to bottom right):

Yacht at Sunrise
European Bee-eaters
Great Malvern Priory in snow
Mute Swan with cygnets
Poppies and Cornflowers
Robin in snow
Tawny Owl
Whooper Swan in snow

Please contact me if you are interested.

New Greeting Cards


Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

Photographers often say that the best photographs are taken close to home and I have to agree with this.
I would really like to describe how I trekked miles in to a remote ancient woodland and fought off three bears for this image but it would be far from the truth as the location was in the garden. The garden is very wildlife friendly and a section of it in the spring is covered by a yellow carpet of Lesser Celandine.  The celandine is from the Ranunculus family which holds around 600 species including the buttercups. I particularly liked this image with the composition and depth of field.

Canon 5D Mk3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens with angle finder.

Handheld. 1/250s, f/4 at ISO400.


Photography tuition now available

Hi all

I’ve just added a new page on my blog about one-to-one photography courses I am running. 

Perfect for any level of experience or as a gift for someone.

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066/365 Seven-spot ladybird on orchid

A bit different from the butterflies in the last few posts, todays image, no 066, is of a ladybird on top of a common spotted orchid. I photographed this image using the same macro technique as the butterflies.
I really like the latin name of this: Coccinella septempunctata. If you split the septempunctata in half you have ‘septem’ meaning seven (which is why september is the 7th month in the roman calendar) and ‘punctata’ just means punctured or spots. Seven spots! Brilliant! This is the same for most ladybirds… 14 spot is quatuordecimpunctata (a mouthful I know!!) and 2 spot being bipunctata.

Seven-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. Herefordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.


Todays image, 019, is of a hoverfly.  With photography, even the most public of places can give you great images.  This was taken at my local public library where there was a real nice display of purple cone head flowers. Although I think this is Syrphus torvus species as its one of the more commoner species of hoverfly I would be open to suggestions. 🙂

Hoverfly Syrphus torvus , Malvern, Worcestershire. August 2010.

Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.


Image 009 is of a Crocus flower.  I can’t wait to start photographing these again.  They start to peek out of the soil at next month along with the Snowdrops. A sure sign spring is on its way!

Crocus, Crocus longiflorus, Herefordshire, March 2010.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens.



Following on with a flower theme, image 008 is of an Autumn Ladies Tresses orchid.   The subject was backlit by the sun with the background in shade.  I used a small gold reflector to bounce some light back on to the flower, giving this very contrasty image.

Autumn Ladies Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, August, 2010.
Canon 1d mk4, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.