Time seems to have slipped away at the tail end of 2014. My memory is of a succession of wet weeks which meant little chance of snapping, and then we had a longer break in Florida which didn't see a lot of camera action really, but plenty of fishing. Maybe I shouldn't even mention that in a wildlife blog. There weren't really any new subjects, but a couple of okay snaps.
At the end of that session I was wandering away when I almost literally stumbled over a late mushroom, one I haven't seen before. I had missed the first phase and so the cap had been eaten away by insects leaving the phallic 'skeleton'. I had with me only my 300mm lens complete with x2 converter, but I thought I'd have a go at getting some snaps. The sun was quite well down so the light was quite warm, but then it died lending a blue cast to the final images - I've tweaked the white balance on a few to warm them up a bit. As you scroll down you will see how I (slowly) improved the background, stray twigs, etc. Getting better at close up snaps will be an aim for next year - I need to develop a different way of working. You will also see how the light affected the background - at first highlighting intrusive paler elements, then the whole in a patchy pattern and finally a diffuse blur.
To end, a few first goes at the pair of jays now visiting my closer woodland. Bigger birds mean it's hard to get a good depth of field. I like the one of it drinking, and hope to try some different angles on this with a remote trigger. That though means time which remains in quite short supply these days.