Leafy Abstract

15th November 2018

Leafy Abstract - November 2018

I had been expecting my photo shoot in dad's garden on Sunday morning this week to be a complete wash out, as it had hardly stopped raining for most of the week. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I ventured outside and found the sun to be shining.

Being well into Autumn, it was getting more difficult to find subjects in the garden that were worthy of pointing the camera at. However, when I saw this backlit Twisted Hazel Tree (Corylus avellana contorta) leaf, I knew it was going to rate high on my list of contenders for Image of the Week.

Gladiolus Details - November 2018

There was a surprise waiting for me just a few feet away too, with a solitary Abyssinian Gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae) plant in bloom. Unfortunately it was a bit worse for wear after all of the rain, but I'm hopeful that another bud will have opened by next week.

Chickweed? - November 2018

As I photographed and processed this image of a weed, I was convinced it was of Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), but I think I've misidentified it. If you know what it is, kindly leave a comment and let me know!

Honeysuckle Beginnings - November 2018

The Common Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) bushes continued to produce lots of new flower buds that would hopefully keep them in bloom well into the Winter months.

River Lilies - November 2018

The River Lilies (Hesperantha coccinea) were now just about finished, but had held up well to the onslaught of weather over the past few weeks.

Budding Mahonia - November 2018

The Mahonia (Mahonia japonica) bush was now well into the act of producing lots of flower buds on its growing flower spikes, with quite a few of them beginning to open.

Echinacea End - November 2018

On the other side of things, the Coneflowers (Echinacea) had all gone completely to seed, with all that was left of them being these architectural looking spiky seed heads.

Camellia Coming Along - November 2018

Looking into my gardening crystal ball, the Camellia bush that was severely pruned earlier in the year was continuing to produce flower buds for next Spring...

Rhododendron Regeneration - November 2018

...as were the Rhododendron bushes. I loved how colourful these large flower buds were.

Ripening Ivy - November 2018

Also, the Common Ivy (Hedera helix) berries were nearly upon us, the flowers from a few weeks ago slowly transforming into fruit.

White Whiskers - November 2018

My little black and white photo shoot companion was back again this week. He was content with lying in the sun rather than following me about, but was still a little nervous of my presence. As I mentioned last week, I'd love to get a close-up shot of those magnificent white whiskers!

Elvis the Endler - October 2018

Finally, my fishy friends! I've shared quite a few photos of Elvis, my lone male Endler Guppy (Poecilia wingei), but this has to be the best photo I've grabbed of him so far.

So this week I went with Leafy Abstract as my Image of the Week solely because I absolutely loved the graphic nature of the image...