It might only be nearing the end of August, but there is already a hint of autumn in the air as the immobilisng heat of summer is tempered by violent storms. Every year I experience a sense of sadness at another summer over and yet I love autumn…it may be a relic of schooldays or most probably those years of teaching where my freedom was coming to a close and the grind began again. But no more!
In Italy time seems to pass far more quickly than it ever did before – a consequence of ageing and one’s perception (so little time..so much to do) or of having filled days that are often unpredictable in their variety. Whatever it is , I had a shock when planning a trip to find some late beetles… the superb alpine longhorn beetle, Rosalia alpina. Four years had passed since a highly memorable day when we met up with Bruno D’Amicis, friend and one of Italy’s finest photographers, to explore ancient chestnut woods near his home in Abruzzo.
We found a single individual and Bruno and I cavorted as a couple of kids in their element taking photos for some 4 hours whilst an ever-patient Lois found a comfortable spot from which to feed her tan.
Many of the images taken that day had not been scrutinised beyond making a choice of those to send to libraries so it was fun to relive that day and view them again.
I thought it worth displaying a few of them here – I used just two lenses: the 15mm f/2.8 Sigma diagonal fisheye and the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro. In a few days time I shall take along the Laowa 15mm f/4 macro and see what I can do this time.
© Paul Harcourt Davies 2015