Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Looking in the Long Grass


(If you’ve just landed here from Gadgets blog, this is the back story. )

I’m still looking for the leverets, no joy.  The other morning, I could count 5 hares cavorting around a field and a half away, but nothing photo worthy.

This is what I found in the long grass, in the corner of the now shorn meadow.

looking for hares-2

They are at it all over the place, apparently: must be the time of year. I should warn my family, looking at the quality of Nic’s photos, that one of these days ,I’m going to have a nice big lens. OK? ( oh and the knowledge  how to use it!)


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Looking in the Long Grass

  1. I think that’s the problem with going into the long grass with a camera, you’re never quite sure what you’ll find…..great photograph, btw 🙂

  2. Nice shot. Love to find the little things that often go unnoticed.

  3. Trying to photograph small creatures in grass was what convinced me that I needed a camera with manual focus!

    Even ladybirds can be quite challenging because you need to get close and then focus becomes a problem (e.g. it’s possible to have the head in focus and the body not!). The other problem is that they move 🙂 and sometimes quite fast!

    I have been thinking of getting some close-up lenses but, to tell the truth, I don’t like changing lenses or carrying the damn things around, so I almost never do. Besides which, in the time it takes to change the lens, the shot is lost.

    Small creatures are fascinating and photographing them well is not a trivial exercise. Good luck with your project.

  4. Exquisite image!! No need for a big lens when you have one that can capture this!!

  5. Camera and lens manufacturers must be underwriting blogging as part of a nefarious plot. At least you can make a good argument for new toys. You play so nicely with the ones you have! But what were you thinking, spending all that money on the roof when there are new lenses out there calling your name???

    Nice capture there.

  6. Thanks for your comment at Norm’s re the blessing I wrote “For the grieving”. The art of writing and offering blessings is one I’m starting to develop.

    Your macro shot here of the the ladybirds is excellent. For them to be successful I hope that one of them is actually a manbird 🙂

  7. I think you’d absolutely love having a dedicated macro lens Uphill’…….as for the pain of changing lens, well my macro is on most of the time anyway (and always when going into the long grass!).

    The good news is that just about all the dedicated macro lenses are good in quality whether you stick with Canon or use Sigma or Tamron. Do email if you’re going “macro” and want my thoughts on the options.

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