This wasn’t really designed as a photography trip, but my partner and I were at the Meanwood Valley Urban Farm today and I thought I would share some random photos to keep the blog ticking along:
What I learned: Donkeys are loud, alpacas need dentists, and Leeds is frequently overcast.
Looks a bit gormless, to be honest…
Classic “dead spider pose”
A bit more dignified, after I had rearranged him to look a bit less dead.. The fade to black in the background wasn’t intentional, but I like it!
A ventral (stomach) view. This species is quite easy to confuse with a harvestman (related to spiders, but not spiders), if you don’t know what to look for. To tell harvestmen from spiders, look for the join between the thorax (the body segment with legs) and the abdomen (the segment that doesn’t have legs). If you can see the join clearly where there is a “pinched-off” section then it is a spider. Harvestmen have fused segments so that it looks like the thorax and abdomen are one.
First, a warning to anyone who doesn’t like spiders: I was trying out my macro again, and there are some pretty big close-ups… Now that that’s over with, this week I wanted to try out a new toy. I had been hoping that my new light box would arrive for last week’s macro attempt, […]
This is the clear favourite from the trip. Shot with the Raynox macro attachment, with flash to provide the contrast. Not perfect, but I like how it came out.
More moss, this time with lots of fruiting bodies standing to attention.
This was the first shot of the day – you can see the frost on each of the fronds.
The entrance to the path along Woodhouse Ridge. I like the symmetry :-)
I’m not sure what it is about this photo, but I like it. It could be the muted colours and the gentle meander of the path…
This cat followed me for quite a while before hopping off into the bush
The best view of the sky that I managed (and not great at all even then!). Looking south from the end of Woodhouse Ridge.
So originally this was going to be a post full of wonderful sunrise photographs. Unfortunately, a combination of cloudy British skies and a slope that refused (no matter how much I willed it) to turn to face the south-east conspired against me. Instead, I had a good chance to try out my macro attachment. I […]
The butterflies were flighty, so most of my photos are of the plants….
I like these kinds of shots: small central focus and hazy green background.
This was a hugely complex flower and the camera decided to focus on some minor green bits in the middle. Still, I like the shape!
I don’t know what species of butterfly this is, but it was the only one out of a few dozen individuals of a couple of species, that used the feeding platforms. If there hadn’t been crowds of screaming kids everywhere then I might have had a try with the macro lens…
A zebra finch paused just long enough for me to get a (partially in focus) shot…
Probably my favourite photo from the day was this little muscid fly outside the tropical house. Natural light is so much easier than indoors!
We were walking home, and I knew I would be shy a few good shots, so here’s a bridge!
Right, week 1 of my photography “project”. To ease myself in, my partner and I decided to go to “Tropical World” in Leeds. This is an indoor zoo with aquaria, meerkats, and (most importantly) a butterfly house. “Great”, I thought, “fish [or butterflies…] in a barrel!” However, the butterfly house itself seemed only to contain […]