Fungi (gallery)

Being a keen forager of wild foods with an interest in mycology it has been great to spend some quiet time taking images of some of the fungus in Glyndebourne Wood in East Sussex. They seem particularly prolific this year and it was a good way to become acquainted with the Meyer Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8/100 which I recently acquired after a year of seeking one in good condition at a reasonable price.

For these images the lens was mounted on my Fujifilm XT-2 using a Zhongyi Lens Turbo II focal reducer or a helicoid adaptor to allow closer focussing.

While focussing on the fungi themselves I wanted to capture some of the dim damp atmosphere of the woodland they stood in and retain a feeling of the space around them.

Arbour (gallery)

Sun rays through smoke among trees Glyndbourne Wood Halland East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBurn

Glyndebourne Wood, Halland East Sussex UK

 

Dead Oak tree by gate in corner of marshy field Glyndbourne Wood, Hamsley's Rough Halland East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBroke

Hemsley’s Rough Halland East Sussex UK

 

Winter view downstream along river Ouse at East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netDownsteram

Barcombe Mills East Sussex UK

 

Winter view downstream along river Ouse with bridge and trees at East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netBridge

Barcombe Mills East Sussex UK

 

Chalky lane track leading along hedgerow with overhanging oak tree Heighton Street Firle Place East Sussex UK black and white rural landscape portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netIdyl

Heighton Street Firle East Sussex UK

 

Ancient oak trees by hedge on Beggar's Lane Newtimber West Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netHegemony

Beggar’s Lane Newtimber West Sussex UK

 

Path along bottom of ditch at Bramber Castle West Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netFold

Bramber Castle West Sussex UK

 

Bog pond under tangled branches Pepper's Pond Spithandle Lane West Sussex UK black and white rural landscape ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netChoke

Pepper’s Pond, Spithandle Lane West Sussex UK

 

Stagnight!

Stag beetle at night lit from side, dramatic black and white macro portrait West Sussex UK © P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

I had a privileged nocturnal encounter with this handsome chap when he flew out of the darkness to settle on my brother-in-law’s shirt! Despite the dramatic entrance it proved to be a great opportunity to handle this magnificent creature and he seemed very amenable to a quick torchlit photoshoot; I then placed him safely on one of our apple trees to continue his quest for a mate.

West Sussex

28/06/19

Fujifilm XT-2 | Pentacon auto 1,8/50 | helicoid adaptor

Deer (gallery)

Having stumbled upon a large enclosure of deer at Woodmancote (West Sussex) while walking last year I thought it would be an ideal place to play with a recent acquisition (a 50 year old Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 4/300 lens) and spend some quiet time honing my stalking skills.

During a brief visit last week a cross wind helped mask my scent and sound while I got myself into a hollow by the pond the deer drink from. Three curious (and possibly thirsty) females came up through the woods in my direction… (click on the images for a larger version)

Fallow deer doe female in woodland with dappled sun light, Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

…making my way through the deer trails inside a hedge with the wind blowing my scent and sound towards them I was spotted by this stag wile I looked trough the cleft of a hawthorn trunk.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass seen through cleft in tree, rural colour portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

I had some time to go back yesterday and managed to get much closer to a group of them despite the wind not being in my favour. Being quiet and crawling my way up behind clumps of common rushes peeked their interest and bought them towards me, one curious young doe got around five feet from me while I was taking pictures of this stag with it’s newly forming antlers; The inquisitive doe was too close to focus on so I looked in silent awe as it sniffed the air before me, a wonderful encounter.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Young Fallow deer male and female in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass and sunlight, rural wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe with one eye closeup portrait, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

 


Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass, rural black and white wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 


Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing by hedge in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe looking at camera through blurred common rushes colour landscape close-up portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

This particular group seem much more approachable than the other two on site, hopefully I will enjoy more time among them soon.