From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the sense of awakening and refreshment that the spring months bring. From the colour of spring flowers to the intensity of birdsong,  I find these things not just good for the soul but essential for my personal well-being. Many friends will know that I am an advocate of the therapeutic powers of immersion in nature and I consider that we benefit from the refreshing aspect of spring – that awakening and renewal after the long months of…

In this series of posts, I intend to set out my early experiences with the LaoWa Venus optical co 15 mm f/4 macro lens as I get to know it and before I write a detailed review. Every few days I run a moth trap, home-built with a mercury vapour lamp and, just after dawn, check the contents. It has proved extremely exciting to find out just how many species have been living within reach of our house unbeknownst to me. In particular, there are the 9 species…

The phone call from the courier came late afternoon on Tuesday 7th July – a familiar scenario since we live, hidden away, off the main road and the usual practice is to arrange a rendezvous on the main road rather than our track and go and meet them. The Italian customs had finally deigned to release the lens from its clutches for the payment of a few tens of euros… In record time, the package was opened and a new lens, much awaited, was in my hands. This is the revolutionary Venus Optics…