Close-up colour photograph of indigo flowers. Shot with a Polaroid maco lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

I don't know whether it's the effect of having a garden after not having one for almost twenty years (we've lived in our current home for nearly two years and the novelty still hasn't worn off) or just a natural reaction to summer arriving after having snow right into April, but I seriously can't get … Continue reading Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

Colour macro photograph of a pink and yellow hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

This is such a wonderful time of year for taking pictures in the garden. I often think I would love a 'proper' macro lens but there's a special kind of joy in using my cheap (and I do mean cheap - just over a tenner!) Polaroid macro lens attachment to capture beautiful details. I found … Continue reading Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

Colour photography of an empty beach and a cloudy blue sky. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Happiness is an empty beach

No people - just sand, sea and sky. Cold salt water runs in my veins and this is where I find peace. I've really needed some head space lately for a bunch of (now resolved, thankfully!) reasons and sitting by the water's edge, letting the ripples run over my hands, was the perfect catalyst for … Continue reading Happiness is an empty beach

Close-up colour photograph of a pink tulip flower, shot with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

My holiday photos are mostly flower macros

Everywhere I go, I look for pretty flowers and point cameras at them ❤

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018 Winner graphic.

Month in review: April 2018

There's a bit of time travel going on here as I'm writing this a little early and scheduling it to post today. As this appears on my blog, my husband and I will be packing ourselves, out stuff and the cat (Silver's first holiday!) into the car and heading to Ireland to visit family for … Continue reading Month in review: April 2018

Close-up colour photograph of small purple flowers against a green background, with a shallow depth of field. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR body. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

Indigo blooms: Macro nature photography (and bonus sneaky kitten!)

These tiny beauties are blooming in our garden at the moment. What better reason to take my macro lens out to play? Also, here's Silver hunting leaves and blades of grass.

Close-up colour photograph of a silver tabby kitten with yellow eyes and a fierce expression on its face, among the leaves of a hedge. Pet photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #petphotography

Plant babies and a demonic hedge kitten

I'm taking a quick break from writing, and rambling about writing, to bring you photos of green things and fluffy things... When we got these alpine plug plants for the flower beds last autumn, they were absolutely tiny. Each one was about half the size of my thumb. Now they're growing so fast and filling … Continue reading Plant babies and a demonic hedge kitten

Close-up colour photograph of a European Eyed Lizard behind glass in an artificial habitat.Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Pet photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #petphotography

Abstract nature photography and a suspicious lizard

I met this gorgeous little dude in the pet shop today. He's a European eyed lizard (look at the beautiful blue markings on his back!) and I love how suspicious he looks in this picture. My husband wasn't keen on lizards but he's learning to like them, or at least to talk to them through … Continue reading Abstract nature photography and a suspicious lizard

Close-up colour photograph of vegan peanut butter cups (one with dairy-free milk chocolate, one with dairy-free white chocolate and one with layered dairy-free milk and white chocolate) on a floral patterned china plate with a dark pink paper napkin, on a floral pattered tray. Food photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #foodphotography

Month in review: March 2018

I can't believe it's time for another month in review post already. Where did March even go? I've been really enjoying baking this month and it's amazing how many awesome dairy-free recipes there are out there. The picture up there is of homemade vegan peanut butter cups. They are honestly SO GOOD, especially made with dairy-free … Continue reading Month in review: March 2018

Colour photograph of icicles and frozen leave. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Photinia, alien fur and icicles: Nature and macro photography

Last year, we planted some photinia in the highest raised flower bed against a wooden trellis. It's going to take a while to spread out fully, but it's been lovely to see it sprouting new leaves over the last few weeks. While I was taking photos of the photinia, I noticed a tiny white feather … Continue reading Photinia, alien fur and icicles: Nature and macro photography