Many of the major cities in Australia seem to have fantastic parks and gardens where locals come jogging, cycling, walking and sun bathing (although not so much of the sun bathing in winter). Above is Brisbane City Botanic Gardens just by the river on an area known as Gardens Point. As you can see from the buildings in the background, it is close to the central business district of the city. The gardens include special collections of palms, figs and bamboo.
Below the ArtScience Museum in Singapore is a large pond filled with hundreds of water lilies and lotus flowers. With the flowers in full bloom I tried to focus on just one flower, first taking a couple of quick snaps on my phone before revisiting for a second time with my DSLR camera and long lens to capture the above photograph. With flower photography I have always been told to have an odd number of flowers, for example 1, 3 or 5 rather than two. The second flower on the right hasn’t yet bloomed so I think I get away with it!
Wandering around the small fishing village of Plockton in the Scottish Highlands I was looking for interesting subjects whilst waiting for the sunset. At the bottom of a very large tree stump I found these huge mushrooms. I’m not sure how this natural history subject didn’t get picked up to be published back when it was first captured in the summer of 2008, but looking through my archives it really caught my eye because of the great pattern and textures of both the mushrooms and the tree bark.
Taken in the north east of England on a trip up to County Durham these bright red berries really caught my eye as I was walking around with my camera. Even though it was March it felt as though it would make a very festive photograph. As you can see from the shadows, the sun was shining directly onto this holly. The only thing missing from this image is a light coating of snow.