30 April 2012

Ireland: the flora

I took SO MANY pictures of leaves & flowers whilst I was in Ireland, I had a whole system going where I wrote the image number next to my field sketches so I've got them to refer back to. I'm so glad I did, because drawing isn't my forte and an awful lot of my sketches look pretty identical. Oops! I always find it amazing talking to lecturers and listening to their experiences of uni - its amazing how much technology has altered the way we learn about things and how the scientific process has changed as new technologies are developed.

I did get the chance to take a few 'creative' shots (of course!), not as many as I would have liked, but then I wasn't there for photography!

 I'm pretty confident that this is Pararge aegeria - the Speckled Wood, but I'm not 100% sure!

Orchis mascula -  The Early Purple orchid.
 One of the lecturers that took us is an expert on parasitic plants - so we heard an awful lot about orchids! They're pretty fascinating plants actually - they have a really unique life history.  

Some of the trees in the woodland we were in had the most amazing lichen colonies.

I really love the shallow depth of field here, it works so well.

Another Early Purple Orchid

I really do love daisies and I was really impressed with how sharp this is - I'm always amazed at the difference in picture quality that can be achevied by shooting in manual. Wildflowers are pretty much my favourite, give me daisies and dandelions over roses any day of the week.


  1. These pictures are beautiful! I'd love to see some of your sketches too : ) I'm currently saving up some money for a new camera, so I'm sure I'll be taking lots of photos like these sometime soon!

    Glad to have stumbled across your blog!

    1. Thankyou! There's tons of resources around that teach you how to use camera's properly - they're definitely worth checking out!

  2. Lovely pictures as always Vic! And you have to have some patience to catch a butterfly on film. I tried today but I wasn't successful at all haha :)

  3. that last picture is seriously flawless! i love it!

  4. I'm so behind on your blog - forgive me please! This photos are magical! I'm loving all the bright colour.

  5. What equipment are you working with love? Out of pure curiosity!


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