Scallop

Scallop Charles Kenwright

Macro Scallop shell
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We found this on a beach in New Zealand, it´s been on a bookshelf for a few years along with other bits and bobs that we brought back. It caught my eye again yesterday so I thought I´d do a shot of it.

Macro Fern

Macro Fern Charles Kenwright

Macro Fern
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I´ve really not done any macro photography for ages therefore, it was a pleasure to get down to some today! I took three shots of this fern each with a slightly differing focus and then, after processing in CaptureOne and exporting as psds, I used photo merge in Photoshop to give a broader focus.

Fly Amanita Mushroom, Bavarian Forest, Germany

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Fly Amanita, Amanita muscaria, Fliegenpilz, charles kenwright

Fly Amanita Mushroom, Amanita muscaria, Bavarian Forest, Germany
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It is that time of year! This one caught my eye, the gills fascinated me.

Dragonfly Macro

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Dragonfly macro Charles Kenwright

Dragonfly Macro
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A few weeks ago this dragonfly breathed it´s last on our terrace. It had positioned itself under a small table and, well, slowly expired, for that was how it went, it seemed to slowly drift away, it´s movements became less and slower, until it stopped altogether. The next morning I picked it up and put it in my room to photograph. Unfortunately I didn´t do it straight away, because when I looked again a few days later, it had somehow shrunk in on itself, I guess as it dried out. So now this is just the shell of the creature. I´m not sure what type of dragonfly it is – I should really look it up, or maybe someone here can tell me.

These flying fossils are fantastic insects, and belong to the order Odonata and the suborder Epicrocta. I love watching them hunting over ponds, and marvel at their incredibly quick flying and acrobatics as they jink and turn after their prey.