Seedhead 1

Seedhead 1

As a gardener, I’m often struck by the beauty and form of seedheads. Maybe I’m just a bit lazy, but I like to leave faded flower heads in place over the winter to see how they look.

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This image is a good example of the merits of this tactic (although it’s not one from our garden).

Taken at: Scone Palace, Perthshire

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Lichen

Lichen

With no leaves on the trees, the lichen really stands out. I’m fascinated by the intricate design and textures.

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The full-colour version is available on Flickr.

Taken at: Scone Palace, Perthshire

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Hellebore

Hellebore

This week I’m taking a break from snowdrops (but they may return soon). I’m also having a few days in monochrome.

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This delightful hellebore was sitting with its face towards the sun. So, I was able to see into it without lying on the ground. (Hellebores often have their face pointing downwards.)

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Taken at: Scone Palace, Perthshire

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Focus #2

Focus #2

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The difference from yesterday’s image is subtle.. but important. (Actually, they are two different images – rather than an alternative treatment of the same image).

I’ve changed the focal point in each shot.

Yesterday, the snowdrops in the background were in focus. Having the foremost snowdrop out of focus distracted me. I don’t really like it.

Today’s image – with the sharp foreground – is more pleasing to my eye. What do you think?

Taken at: Scone Palace, Perthshire

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