Lens-Artists Challenge #197 – The Rule of Thirds

This week Tina challenges us to the Rule of Thirds.

This morning we were blessed to be visited by this gorgeous Irish hare, one of my favourite animals. Admittedly I had to take the photograph through the window!

Irish hare

Earlier in the week, while exploring a new walk to us we came across an old abandoned house. This old bottle sitting on a dresser caught my attention.

Old bottle

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196 – Humour

A very late addition to last week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196 – Humour. Apologies to JohnRH of John’s Space for my tardiness.

This little fellow has appeared in our neighbour’s field. His long legs and long ears seem so much out of proportion with the rest of his body, it brings a smile to my face every time I see him. He likes to hide behind the trees.

Donkey foal

Here he is with his mum, and possibly aunty.

Donkeys

Lens-Artist Challenge #195: Colourful Expressions

Today we enjoyed a beautiful walk in Brackloon woods near Westport, Co Mayo. The wood is a Special Area Conservation due to the presence of old oak woodland. It was full of the colours of spring. The woodland floor covered in flowers. Mossy greens , the pink stems of Herb Robert, yellow Lesser Celandine and white Wood Sorrel.

Woodland floor

Here the Wood Sorrel in more detail, and below that the Celandine.

Wood sorrel
Lesser Celandine

Also the delicate white of Greater Stitchwort.

Greater Stitchwort

Among the flower butterflies added further colour and beauty. First the aptly named Peacock and below the Holly Blue butterfly, tiny but like a little bit of sky fliting about.

Peacock butterfly
Holly Blue Butterfly

It does the soul good to immerse oneself in nature for a little while.

Thank you to Anne at Slow Shutter Speed for this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #194 – Bokeh

In this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge, Sofia tells us that bokehis the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.” My 40-150mm lens is pretty good at creating this effect without me having to think too hard about it. Here are a few examples from the last couple of weeks. The first one shows lots of blurry branches from the trees behind – not perhaps the most effective bokeh, but I like the bee in flight.

Bumblebee and bird cherry

The next three have all a green blurred background as spring is here and everything is greening up nicely.

Dandelion seed head
crab apple blossom
Lesser celendine

Thanks to Sofia for a great challenge.