Image taken today, in my backgarden, where a large, naturally seeded, Goat Willow tree (Salix caprea), has been growing for several years. It is supposed to be a deciduous shrub, but, in my garden, it has grown into quite a large tree! These katkins were at the top and so quite difficult to capture on this sunny but windy spring day. I ended up pulling a back muscle trying to get a sharp image with good illumination. An occupational hazard sometimes, for photographers!

Image captured with a tripod-mounted Canon 1Ds Mk1 fitted with a Canon EF 70 – 200mm 1:2.8 IS USM L series Lens. (IS turned off for this capture)

I was a scientist for many years, working in the field of medical research, both in academia and in industry. In late 2004, I left science to pursue my creative interests in photography and the visual arts.

I am now a professional photographer living in South East London. You can view my professional photography website at:-

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  • ElyseFradkin
    ElyseFradkinover 3 years ago

    Lovely spring image!

  • John Gaffen
    John Gaffenover 3 years ago

    Thanks very much for your comment Elyse, I’ve been trying to get a good capture of these catkins for some time, but the window of opportunity is quite small!

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