Friday, 9 September 2016

Mating Spiders.


I'm not keen on spiders, but if they're very small and there's distance between us, I can generally find the courage to watch and photograph them.  A pane of glass separated me from this mating couple, so I had a ringside view and took pictures before during and after - the entire episode lasted for one minute, before they separated and scuttled back to opposite corners of the window.

They're called Zygiella x-notata, common throughout the UK and frequently found on window frames.  Actual size 7mm to 11mm (quarter of an inch to a scant half inch).

The picture at the top shows the spiders before mating, at 18:14 on Thursday 1st September 2016, at home in Hythe, Hampshire.  To see more of my mating spider pictures, click on the link below:-

To read about Zygiella x-notata (missing sector spiders, missing sector orb weavers, or silver-sided sector spiders), click on the links below:-

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My August 2016 In Pictures - Fruit & Flowers.


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The picture at the top shows a Globe thistle (Echinops), at 15:54 on Monday 1st August 2016, at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Oadby, Leicestershire.

The picture at the bottom shows a Victorian earthenware apple, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 09:31. (The apple was made by Bretby Art Pottery, Woodville, Derbyshire, England, circa 1890.)

To read about Globe thistles (Echinops), click on the link below:-

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

My August 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows Seafaring Zebra (one of 47 Zany Zebra sculptures on display throughout Southampton until 24th September 2016), at 16:17 on Friday 26th August 2016, Platform road, Southampton, Hampshire.

To read about the Zany Zebra sculptures, click on the link below:-
http://zanyzebras.org.uk

Monday, 8 August 2016

My July 2016 In Pictures - Grass.


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The picture at the top shows Common wild-oat grass (and a head of wild fennel), at 09:01 on Saturday 23rd July 2016, Hythe foreshore, Hampshire.

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

My July 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture at the top shows the full moon on Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 20:48 on a balmy summer evening, looking down Southampton Water towards the Solent, from Hythe, Hampshire.

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Leaves and Georgia O'Keeffe.


Two photographed leaves start turning into a Georgia O'Keeffe painting! Maybe my subconscious had been influenced by press coverage of the current Georgia O'Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern.

The picture at the top shows my photograph of two leaves, at Jones Lane Allotments, Hythe, Hampshire, at 15:32 on Monday 18th July 2016.

To see the Georgia O'Keeffe 1928 painting '2 Yellow Leaves', click on the link:-

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My New Wet Weather Shoes - Tracey Neuls.


When this hot spell ends, it's sure to rain again and I'll be ready with my new wet weather shoes from Tracey Neuls, Marylebone Lane, London W1. My favourite shoe shop. My kind of shoe. AND they have a reflective tab at the back to light up when I'm on my bicycle! How could I resist?

The picture at the top shows my new Tracey Neuls wet weather shoes, Geek Derby Black Tarmac (described by the London Design Museum as 'a beautiful shoe for an active life'), photographed in sumptuous black & white, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, at 12:28 on Thursday 21st July 2016.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

My June 2016 In Pictures - Lost and Found.


A lost ball is photographed and turns into a Jeff Koons sculpture!

The Jeff Koons 1985 sculpture 'One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank' sold for $15,285,000 (that's fifteen million, two hundred and eighty five thousand dollars!!) in May 2016, at Christie's New York 'Bound to Fail' themed sale, curated by the irrepressible contemporary art specialist Loïc Gouzer.

Click on the links below to read about the Jeff Koons 'One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank' sculpture, and the Christie's 'Bound to Fail' auction:-

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The picture at the top shows the rubber ball, on Hythe foreshore, Hampshire, at 11:02 on Monday 6th June 2016.

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

My June 2016 In Pictures.


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The picture shows a colourful building-work hoarding and wild Red Valerian, seen through the railings of an underground car park, Oadby, Leicestershire, at 16:47 on Tuesday 21st June 2016.

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

My New Tracey Neuls Shoes.


My idea of a summer shoe.  A gift to myself last Wednesday, as just recompense for a two-and-a-half hour dental appointment!  I confess to being slightly Liz Lemon about my feet ("I'll have you know that I wore sandals this summer... over socks... in a dream"), but that's another story...

The pictures show my new Tracey Neuls shoes, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Saturday 18th June 2016 at 20:20, lit by the setting sun (which accounts for the almost sepia tint).

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