First of all I would like to talk about photographing crocus, snowdrops or any small flower which only stands about 3 inches high. I have puzzled as to which is the best way to do it, either standing. but then you just get a view from above or crouched down which is difficult when you have hips and knees like mine!
There is a third possibility which is to lie down, except that lately we have had such a heavy dew or fog in the morning so the grass is very wet and anyway, if I got down, then I would be stuck there like a beached whale, no, that wouldn’t be any good for me. I wanted a way to photograph my new crocus that would make me feel as though I was right in amongst them, a worm’s eye view.
If I went across the back lawn, through the arch into the woodland, down the slope, across the little bridge, turn right round a bed of snowdrop, down into the ditch; the back border and the lawn were now at eye level. With my long lens I could photograph the crocus while standing up, staying nice and dry, but feel that I was right in amongst them!
Just the other day I noticed that we had some frogspawn in the pond and the next day there was twice as much. We have been having unseasonally warm weather here in the UK recently so I’m not sure when the frogs arrived, but I’m so pleased to see that they have been busy. I just hope that we don’t suddenly have a deep freeze as the top layer will be killed. Last year with our “Beast from the East” all our frogspawn got frozen which meant no tadpoles, which was such a shame.
The birds, the bees, the flowers, the frogs and now the butterflies ( I saw a yellow one the other day, was it a Clouded Yellow or a Brimstone, I don’t know, it was too quick for me) think spring has arrived. I keep reminding myself that it is still February!