images copyright Vivien Blackburn
I've been playing with my new 10x macro lens in the garden - autumn and there aren't so many flowers but I'd like to use it on some autumn leaves next.
I like osteospermums, they are so generous with their flowers and carry on flowering for such a long time. I've got 2 or 3 slightly different ones - the only problem is the way they close once the sun goes behind the clouds. They really don't like shade at all.
This geranium plant is huge and has survived at least 4 winters, left outside in its pot - an old Victorian Chimney Pot. I hope it survives again as it flowers and flowers - right through the winters it kept flowering on, the flowers were small but continuous. It isn't meant to survive the winters! I suppose I should really take some cuttings in case the horrible summer we've had turns into an even worse winter.
The lens is a cheap screw on filter-sized magnifying lens. I bought a set that range from 1x to 10x.
I love the way that macro lenses throw the background out of focus and concentrate attention on the main subject.
I am painting but not getting enough time and nothing is at a stage to share just now.