Disappearing act

Just as our natural history is under threat so is the heritage of our towns and villages. At least in our ‘old town’ the survival rate is better. Recently however it is noticeable that more and more buildings are being renovated and improved. From a strictly functional point of view that is undoubtedly a good thing but the character of the area is starting to be squeezed out. Hopefully the facades will be preserved at the very least. Nobody begrudges the owners decent plumbing, electrics etc. I document what we have today and maybe one day these images will have some historical value as people look at them and perhaps say, I remember that street – didn’t there used to be a greengrocer shop there?

I shot this with a 35mm prime on a full frame sensor. The people on the edge doubtless did not realize they were in the shot but I hope they would not mind.


Old Sai Kung


L is for Lotus

Today I was happy that I had finally taken delivery of my new tripod ballhead as my old Arca Swiss had pretty much locked solid. The new pretender is the Really Right Stuff BH55 and it was indeed really right. Smooth as silk and a joy to use. I ventured only as far as the by now familiar to regular readers Lions Nature Education Centre but it gave the 55 a decent work out.

The star attraction at this time of year is the lotus pond. With only my macro lens available I was struggling to isolate anything much and the lotus plants are not yet dense enough to allow me to present a lotus-scape. I did manage to find one bloom within reach. This image has Mrs. H’s seal of approval but I’m not quite convinced.


To be honest I am always a bit more of an insect chap and this damselfly played a blinder, sitting still for several minutes whilst I experimented with different settings and angles. This is my favourite.

Copera ciliata

But if a plant begs to be photographed, who am I to say no?

Eichhornia crassipes

What a gem of a Water hyacinth.

Whilst at the lotus pond I spotted this Russet percher. It had potential and it was sharp but I don’t like the way the foreground is dominated by the wings. That is however how they perch and I could not get any other angle as it was behind a fence. So this is what I ended up with:

Neurothemis fulvia

And finally a butterfly.

Lethe europa

This is the Bamboo tree brown and strangely it was near a bamboo clump. Clearly well-trained. Sadly the ants were not so well-trained and for the second time this week I found I was being used as a climbing frame by the local red ant population. They even had the temerity to venture up the inside of my trouser leg. No matter that I didn’t feel any bites I was keen to rid myself of the risk factor and sharp eyes would have seen an odd performance of the twist taking place. Once satisfied that the Anthill Mob had retreated I decided that I needed a break and sat down to quench my thirst. And then the phone summoned me home. Not the most productive morning but I shall be back for another go next week, if I’m spared.

Have a good weekend everybody.