Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers: please remember me when you have some good nature photos; I’ll receive them with alacrity.

Today we have lovely flower photos (and one rock as lagniappe) from a new contributor:  Alan Clark from Liverpool. His Flickr account is here and his words and IDs are indented.

Swertia bimaculata comes from temperate regions of eastern Asia. The yellow spots are the nectaries.
English Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta. Half of the world’s bluebells grow in the UK. It has been voted England’s favourite wildflower, by a clear margin.

Stapelia glanduliflora, native to Southern Africa but this one was in my greenhouse.  I used image stacking to maximise the depth of field on this photo. Stapeliads are pollinated by carrion-feeding flies and have the most amazing flowers – Googling will reveal many more.

Crassula columnaris, which I photographed in Namaqualand, South Africa.

Magnolia blossom. Photographed in Infra-red (so the colours are false), which renders the blue sky behind it very dark.
A fly on Rock Rose (Cistus) in the rain.
Tachina fera. The larvae are parasitoids of caterpillars.

Finally, a geology photo (Infra-red) from Brimham Rocks in Yorkshire. The millstone grit has been eroded into many weird formations, of which this one, The Idol, is my favourite. [JAC: see the link I’ve added for more of these weird formations.]


  1. Posted October 7, 2018 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Wonderful work–each one is more beautiful than the other, and visa versa!

    • Diane G
      Posted October 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

  2. JezGrove
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately the British bluebell is threatened by the Spanish hybrid hyacinthoides x massartiana.

  3. Debbie Coplan
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Just beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like the Stapelia glanduliflora. It almost looks like an underwater sea creature.

  4. Posted October 7, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Superb flower photography! Wish I could do that.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Beautiful stuff! Very artistic and interesting.

  6. Mike Lewis
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!

  7. Posted October 7, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Amazing photos. Beautiful.

  8. Posted October 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    First time I’ve seen a fly looking cute!

  9. mudskipper
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Love the fly on the rock rose. Amazing photo.

  10. Nilou Ataie
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Really gorgeous photos.

  11. Mark R.
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    These are superb. Thanks for the submission.

  12. yazikus
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Just stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Paul Doerder
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Stunning images! Great use of image stacking, something I’ve never had the patience to try.

  14. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 7, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    What wonderful photos! I hope we get to see more in the future!

    • Diane G
      Posted October 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      I second that!

  15. Posted October 8, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Yes, as all the above commenters have said, these are stunning photos, both artistically and technically. Excellent light, color, sharpness, nice stacking I assume, but the technical virtuosity doesn’t drive the process, your vision drives it. Really good.

  16. rickflick
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm | Permalink


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