Past Remains

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Other Nature

Mostly flowers at the mo, but there are a couple of lovely spider webs at the end. The Morning Glory photo above was cropped to cut out most of the background so that the pretty flower stands out in the centre.

The Dog Rose photo above is also in 'Trees & Hedges'. This delicate wild rose can be seen amongst the hedgerows in Britain during late May and June. Whilst recently looking through a stack of older photos I found the one below, which I didn't realise I'd taken, so I've added it too. 

The photo below is of the wild flower Convolvulus Major, from which the cultivated Morning Glory plant originated. Gardeners hate it when this invades the garden, as the root system is very deep and is difficult to eradicated once it's taken hold, clambering over and strangling other plants in its path. It's such a beautiful plant though, with it's large white trumpet flowers and spear-like leaves.

The photo itself was taken for reference when I was an illustrator, and wasn't very well composed, so I cropped it down to highlight the best bit and take out some of the background. Further editing on Paint Shop Photo Pro comprised toning down most of the colour so that the image is almost b&w, plus using the texture smoothing tool several times to soften the subject and make the background recede further. An unexpected bonus is that the flowers in the foreground really glow!

Another crop, below, from a meadow photo to highlight just one specific area. As with the Convolvulus one above, I smoothed the image to take out the grain caused by enlarging a small part...which again resulted in the lovely glow on the daisy-like flowers of the Corn Chamomile.  

Some Giant Hog-weed next, taken during the winter when all but a few of the seeds had gone, leaving the skeleton stems.

Taken against the sky, they form the most delightful shapes. The photo above was taken close-up on the edge of Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve, with a faint background of Teasel heads and reeds blowing in the wind.

I saw the ones below whilst walking back from a visit to Shute, after taking photos of Shute Manor, and they were at the top of a Devon Hedge Bank. Devon Banks are a style of hedge in which hedging shrubs such as Hazel, Hawthorn and Blackthorn are grown on top of a steep bank of earth. Wild flowers grow in profusion over the banks and wild roses and honeysuckle entwine themselves amongst the hedge. I messed about with the photo rather too much in editing, but I quite like the effect so I've left it like that.

And now some spider webs... 

The one above was taken on a golden Autumn afternoon with the sun glinting on the cobweb. Below is the more traditional photo with dew drops on the web...and it's owner sitting in the centre!

More to be added as and when I've taken more, plus any previous ones when I've found them!

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