Friday, 3 January 2014

2013 Best Nature Images

2013 was probably the year of the macro for me.   If it wasn't macro filters on the lensbaby optics then it was extension rods on the 90mm macro lens or extension rods on my 50mm.  

I loved being creative with my compositions and that was helped along by being part of an artistic photography mentorship program held over the summer months.

This is the 2nd year for sharing my best nature photos with the yearly Best Photos Project hosted by and you can view last years
here: My Best Nature Photos from 2012. I'm sure like everyone else participating it wasn't all that easy to choose just a few images and I hope you'll enjoy scrolling through my mine.

2013 was the year of

macro of an iced water droplet

We had the coldest spring in decades but even on the coldest of days I was out searching for patterns and shapes.

ranunculus spring flower bud macro
She held nature in the palm of her hand.

Using the lensbaby optics helped make flower compositions even more interesting.  The outer parts of this ranunculus bud reminded me of someone's hand holding the flower bud.
a bee on an astrantia flower
Hung over at the Nectar Bar
I got stung by a bee for the first time in 2013 but not while taking photos.  Gardening with a floaty flowery top on isn't advisable as bees can get lost in amongst the folds of material - ouch!

I can spend an hour at a time in summer sitting beside a flower with my camera lens.  Normally the bees don't take any notice of me but if the camera lens gets a bit too close and they start to posture their legs at me I know it's time to back away.  

wild flower daisy macro
lazy hazy daisy days
This year I was one of  the 10,000 gardeners who was sent wild flower seeds in association with National Gardening Week to encourage pollinators into our gardens.   Coming up in 2014 we'll be encouraged to grow golden flowers like sunflowers to celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom.

daddy long legs in autumn
creepy or just crawlie?
Craneflies are about the only wildlife left to photograph in the autumn time here in the garden.
acer spring leaf colours
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' new spring leaves
Spring and autumn brought some brilliant opportunities for capturing the colours in the foliage.

fog along Perth lade right of way
Along Perth Lade one foggy September morning
You don't have to travel far to find bucolic here in Perthshire! in decay
hydrangea decaying flower heads
 Hydrangea 'Phantom' flowers fading gracefully

The fragility of decay can be a thing of beauty.

...the Blue Yonder
Himalayan Blue Poppies Meconopsis at Branklyn garden Perth
Himalayan Blue Poppies | Meconopsis
Taking photographs for the National Trust Scotland team at Branklyn Garden, Perth has been a great experience since Spring 2013.  Not only has it given me loads of garden photography experience in the 2 acre garden but it has also encouraged me to grow more unusual species of plants in my own garden.


lilac Primula denticulata drumstrick primulas in spring
Primula denticulata in Spring
I love bokeh and took many chances by shooting wide open to create it.

Not so sure what direction my photography will take me in 2014.  The long exposure work was put on hold in 2013 but will be under way over the next few months as I've just purchased the new IRND's filter system from Formatt Hitech.

Let me know in the comments what you've enjoyed photographing in 2013.

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Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside flower and garden photographer and writer.  She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters. She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography.

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They are all beautiful photographs Rosie, but the bee on the Astrantia is my favourite. Sorry you got stung!

Some stunning captures there Rosie, keep it up.

Such many wonderful photos! Love it all! Love your style! :-)
Happy new year Rosie! ;-)

Exquisite images as always Rosie but would not expect any less of you :) Happy New Year - may it treat you and your garden kindly.

Stunning collection from 2013 Rosie. Love photographing gardens in England in June/July and Budapest in August.

Your photographs are amazing, Rosie. It is impossible for me to pick a favorite -- maybe the creepy crawly. The mentorship program sounds fascinating- I would love a similar opportunity, but my photography simply isn't good enough. Wishing you a wonderful and happy 2014. P. x

Fabulous collection and I really enjoyed viewing your 2012 images too. The daisy droplets on that post are to die for!

In awe at the quality of your photos Rosie, all stunning!

Hi Rosie
Of all the blogs which I visit, your photography I would place in the top five. Wanted to choose a favourite from this post, nah, too difficult.

Your photography is absolutley lovely and I enjoy visiting each and every time!

I'm amazed at the beauty of simplicity.
Above all - my fav. is the flower in the palm of the hand.
That is absolutely fairy-tale like.

I practised taking a few macros last year too, although I don't have your equipment, my camera is a Canon s95. I love the photo of the bee on the edge of the flower.

I've been meaning to check out this post of yours for a few days and finally found an opportunity… it is well worth the visit! Macro interests me greatly but it's just another one of those things that gets put on the back burner. I really need to invest in a proper lens for macro, although I occasionally have some good success with the lens I use overall. I have really enjoyed your marvelous photos time and time again…Larry