Goodbye to 2014

Friendly Robin

Friendly Robin

Four shots to finish the year with, all taken today – December 31st – within a couple of hundred metres of where I parked my car, near the Longshaw Estate, in the Peak District.  I had set out with the intention of photographing icicles along a small brook but they had already disappeared when I arrived, due to the warmer weather.  As so often happens, though, other opportunities presented themselves. 

Burbage Brook, long exposure.

Burbage Brook, long exposure.

Gold Dust lichen Chrysothrix candelaris, growing around and over shield lichen, Parmelia sulcata, on sycamore bark.

Gold Dust lichen Chrysothrix candelaris, growing around and over shield lichen, Parmelia sulcata, on sycamore bark.

Patterns formed by the layers of a bracket fungus.

Patterns formed by the layers of a bracket fungus.

Photographic note: although I had a number of different lenses with me, all these shots (including the Robin) were taken with just one lens: my 180mm macro.  I used a Gitzo tripod and RRS ballhead for everything, and a two-stop neutral density filter for the running water, to give a longer exposure (2 sec).  No other modifications or manipulations.

And finally: A Happy New Year to anybody who may be reading this. 

 

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