Yallakar State Forest: the first GREENHOODS 

I went for a ramble into Yallakar, west of Harrow, a few days ago and was rewarded with finding my first sighting of greenhood orchids of the wildflower season. As with much in life, it was only when I stopped looking that I saw them! 

Panasonic Lumix GX7, Panasonic Leica 45mm macro lens. Cropped and border applied in Snapseed app. 

Yallakar State Forest: gently waving grasses 

Sometimes you need to see something soothing, so here’s something soothing. 

(I watched most of a PG rated film based on a book tonight that was highly acclaimed and awarded a few years ago; three quarters of the way through I realised that it was causing me sensory overload and distress, so stopped watching. It took a little while to recover.)

Nature Strip Adventure: nature takes over 

I’m no gardener – the dead shrubs and knee-high weeds attest to that fact – but I am fortunate to have a terrific bit of nature strip that is home to a gorgeous natural garden. Exploring there today, I found the population of Drosera sundew plants has exploded recently, completely carpeting the ground in places. These carnivores are tiny, but quite capable of fending for themselves; most times when I take a photo of one, it’s only when I zoom in that I see how successful they are at luring prey.

Panasonic Lumix GX7 with Panasonic-Leica 45mm (90mm equivalent) macro lens. Straight out of camera.

Winter Morning Beauty: bejewelled leaf

As I prepared to leave for work, this fallen leaf outside my window caught my eye. I grabbed my camera, with macro lens already attached, on the way out and fired off two shots before getting in the car – this was the second one. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with Panasonic Leica 45mm macro lens and in-camera low key filter. Cropped and border applied in Snapseed app.