There is strange and wonderful flora and fauna at Sandscale Haws. And there are everyday marvels, if you are curious and look closely. I chose today a certain way of seeing- or letting my camera do the seeing, then running with it and enlarging the macro image. I’m looking for design and pattern. Go close into the corolla of a flower and we see it in a new way. Not the usual look that draws us first to identify a species. And concepts of beauty shift and change. Have a look and see what you think, and do contact me and tell me.
A shower greeted us so flowers were full of rain-drops. And the wind blew tall flowers in and out of frame. Someone on our naturalists’ field-trip offered to hold a stem of greater willowherb and we gasped to see a speck of scarlet deep in the corolla. Too windy to focus well. Greater willowherb is characterised by a four-lobed stigma which shows clearly. Codlins and cream is another name; little apples and cream.
Grass of Parnassus was coming into flower and I remember seeing masses of flowers when our naturalists’ group came here on a field-trip three years ago almost to the day.
In macro-mode, I wanted to see into the corolla of the flower.
Seaside centaury was budding and fresh in flower.
The question I’m posing for myself is what a flower photograph aims to show. This first image of sea-rocket could be a classic field-guide identification shot, with the leaf showing clearly. Go deep into the corolla with the center image and the flower tends to lose its identity and become more abstract. The plants swarmed with the caterpillars of the large white butterfly and little black lumps of caterpillar droppings speckled the leaves. The caterpillar is rather striking in close-up.
Jan Wiltshire is a writer and naturalist living in Cumbria. She take photographs.