This isn't a black honey bee, it's a carpenter bee, aka Xylocopa (from Greek Xylo meaning wood). Carpenter bees were discovered by Swedish entomologist Carl Von Linné in 1758. They tend to nest in trees as shown on the French Wikipedia page, much more documented than its English equivalent for some reason. All shot in... Continue Reading →
Today's theme was about Jen's daughter clutching a Teddy bear in her arms. I found that picture of a little girl hugging a kitten in my portfolio. I love the kitten's expression.
This week's topic is variations on a theme. This made me think of a recent visit to the Paris Natural History Museum where all sorts of species are presented. Some are fake plastic replicas, some are - quite realistic - stuffed animals like these North African lions (extinct). A Hyena, not yet extinct nor endangered but... Continue Reading →
Warning! This isn't a lol cat. This is a very stern, I-mean-business, very serious kind of feline. Not your average Cheshire cat type thing. I mean it. Very serious indeed...
This week’s challenge is “fun”. In fact I missed the past two ones as I was busy replenishing my photo album collection while touring the Pacific Northwest with the Wife. A few months ago we went with some friends in the Alps and we came across some very weird statues. The gentleman who creates them... Continue Reading →
A duck fishing game in Cannes. All colours bleached by the Sun on the French Riviera although it wasn’t that sunny when we were there last May just before the festival. [July 8 addendum] Meanwhile I discovered the Tilt Shift craze with software like Tiltshiftmaker which make it possible for you to turn any photo into... Continue Reading →
As we last went to our holiday home in the Pyrenees, we found the house had been home to busy spiders after almost two years of absence. I took a few pictures (below) of those thick layers of cobweb but my wife didn’t much like them, judging they “didn’t quite look like cobwebs”. So I... Continue Reading →
This week’s photo challenge is about the rule of thirds. And as the original post for the challenge was about Bokeh I chose that photo of an ant taken with the classic Nikon 105mm/f2:8 Micro lens. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy these challenges more and more! Many thanks to the Dailypost blog... Continue Reading →