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by MikeOxon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1932
Views: 40752

Re: Goldie M

Orchids are amongst the most sophisticated of all plants and many have developed extraordinarily close relationships with other species. For example, several of the British species depend on certain fungi being present in the roots, to supply them with essential nutrients. The Bird's Nest Orchid ( N...
by MikeOxon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1932
Views: 40752

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. Your first plant is a Great Mullein ( Verbascum thapsus ), which i recall seeing myself in the car-park at Gait Barrows. The others are all orchids. I think the first is probably one of the Fragrant Orchids (there are three similar species), while the other, darker ones, look like Norther...
by MikeOxon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 131

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

I have already posted several photos in this 'Favourite Photo' thread from a splendid afternoon at Bucknell Wood, Northants., but this post goes to the heart of my excitement on that day :) I am very grateful to 'Art Frames' , who drew my attention to this wood. Before my visit, I had only seen sing...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1932
Views: 40752

Re: Goldie M

Very nice bird shots, Goldie. Those Goosanders are part of a group known as 'Sawbills'. If you look at their beaks, you can see that they are a different shape from Ducks, with serrated edges to hold a fish well. Willow and Marsh Tits are very similar, but Willow Tits are now thriving much better in...
by MikeOxon
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 159

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

I took this photo during an end-of-season walk on Otmoor - now an RSPB reserve and a remarkable re-claimed 'wilderness' just North of Oxford. This is a nice example of the fairly common aberration known as bialbata, because of the white spots within the red band in the wings.

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Otmoor, Oxon - 3rd October 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm lens - 1/800s @ f/10 ISO 640

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 171

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

Not a very exciting photo, I admit. This male Ringlet had seen better days but it's the only photo of this species that I took in 2017. In addition, it was part of my 'haul' on a remarkable afternoon at Bucknell Woods, Northants.

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Bucknell Woods, Northants - 25th July 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm lens - 1/1600s @ f/11 ISO 1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Hairstreak
Topic: Purple Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 179

Re: Purple Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017

Having scored a full threesome last week, I've a complete blank this time. Well, I did get one distant snap of a Purple Hairstreak, a long way up a tree, and 3/4 hidden behind a leaf, and far too embarrassing to call a 'favourite'.... Splendid photos from Bugboy, though :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Peacock
Topic: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

The Peacock is always a wonderful species for photography. I chose this shot, taken early in the season at my local Dry Sandford Pit reserve, as a favourite, because it is a little 'different':

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Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon - 26th March 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm Lens - 1/640s@f/9 ISO 640

Mike
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Painted Lady
Topic: Painted Lady – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 142

Re: Painted Lady – Favourite Photo of 2017

Another species from the collection I made during one memorable afternoon at Bucknell Wood in Northants.

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Bucknell Wood, Northants - 25th July 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm Lens - 1/1,000s@f/11 ISO1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Orange-tip
Topic: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 220

Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

This is the first of these 'weeks' when I am able to post photos of all three of the selected species. I must make a resolution to get out a bit more, next year. My Orange Tip photo is selected from some I took at my local Dry Sandford Pit reserve, early in the season, when it was such a pleasure to...
by MikeOxon
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 827
Views: 26847

Re: MikeOxon

Sorry you had difficulty, Jack. Should be solved now.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Meadow Brown
Topic: Meadow Brown – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 135

Re: Meadow Brown – Favourite Photo of 2017

I've chosen this photo because it is an interesting example, with unusually pronounced eye-spots on the underside. This may be the form that J. W. Tutt, described as ab.biocellata (two well-marked ocelli on the underside of the hindwings)

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Bernwood, Oxon - 18th June 2017
Olympus E-M5 with 100-400mm lens - 1/250s@f/6.3 ISO 1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2853
Views: 201594

Re: Neil Hulme

Neil Hulme wrote:Fritillaries for the Future – Project Update: Restructuring Rowland Wood


At first glance, it looked like clearance for a new road :) Don't let the Council see it; it might give them ideas :twisted:

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Marbled White
Topic: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017

No difficult choice to be made here - I find that I only took one Marbled White photo this year. It was on a memorable afternoon in the Bernwood Meadow when the main 'target' was Black Hairstreaks. I had expected to see more butterflies ranging across the centre of the meadow but, in fact, there wer...
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3104
Views: 97084

Re: Padfield

We're now doing our best to catch up with the snow fall - though not quite up to your standard yet! Super animated Christmas tree :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2247
Views: 93903

Re: Neil Freeman

I envy you the Bullfinches in the garden :mrgreen: Nothing unusual here yet but if the cold snap continues, we'll probably see an invasion of Winter thrushes.

Very nice set of photos.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 827
Views: 26847

Snow in Oxon

No butterflies in the garden today:

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Abingdon, Oxon - 10th December 2017
Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens - 1/125s@f/5 ISO640

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

Hi Neil, I think you have demonstrated Gary's point very well. The important thing is to have a vision of what you are trying to achieve. Your photos show that the 'old' Lumix FZ38 can achieve that 'soft background' look that always seems to be favoured in competition photos. A more expensive camera...
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 827
Views: 26847

Re: MikeOxon

Jack Harrison wrote:You mentioned that you have yet another camera

Here's (some of) my equipment.
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Are you going to show us yours Mike? :twisted:
Two or three more cameras that I couldn't find.

Jack


... and the one you took the photo with, I assume :)
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 827
Views: 26847

Re: MikeOxon

............ I wonder if it is a little over-processed?............. You are by no means alone in thinking that, Jack. I have had similar comments from the Olympus UK forum , where I also posted the photo. I wanted to bring out the '3D' look of the photo and, in that area you pointed out, the chain...

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