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There seems to be a wet flowers theme developing. The garden ponds brought by heavy rain have drained away and the wind is doing its best to dry out the place, despite occasional showers.

Here’s the pick of this afternoon’s photographic expedition into the garden. I had to go scrambling for the garden text books to identify this plant, Portulaca Grandiflora.

Portulaca 1

Portulaca 2

Portulaca 3

Portulaca 4

Portulaca 5

First things first. I’ve always admired the technical skills demonstrated in the kind of photography that gets up close and personal with the subjects. Having spent the last two days doing almost nothing but attempting to come up with just one good shot, that admiration has increased considerably.

It’s not helped by the fact that I’m using an adapter. If there is a way of setting the f-stop prior to attaching the lens plus adapter, I haven’t found it yet. It would be helpful to have a smidge more depth of field control.

Still, I’ve got to know three garden spiders very well this weekend. With the right conditions and more practice, practice, practice …………

Sunday morning spiderdew dropSunday spider croppedorb spider 3