Earthstar

One familiar face in the garden, plus a surprise newcomer.

I was checking out the back of the garden after the heavy wind and rain of the past few days and spotted a most unexpected visitor lurking in the corner of an area covered in bark chippings (so with something of a woodland feel to it). There were two of them sitting there, looking slightly the worse for wear after the storms: Earthstars. These shots are of the better preserved of the pair. Although not rare, these are the first ones I’ve seen in the garden and I’ve only seen examples in woodland on handful of occasions. More about them can be found here

Earthstar

Earthstar

As for the familiar face, it’s fox-shaped and belongs to Pretty (who else?).

Fox

Fox

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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2 Comments

  1. James December 29, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    Wonderful photography… particularly the images of the fox. Were you in a blind? How did you manage the to “light” the scene?

  2. Words December 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi James, the fox is just lit with an on camera flash unit. She’s been coming to our garden since she was a few weeks old so, no blind. I just wander around the garden with her. She doesn’t mind at all. 🙂