Dancing Thread 

I don’t remember ever seeing one of these corn-silk-like worms before but the diminutive flickering of its dance caught my eye somehow. This creature appears to be close to 4 inches long and no thicker than a couple of millimetres. It seems likely it’s a Nematomorpha or what is commonly called a horsehair worm or Gordian worm. It looks fairly harmless but the larval form of this worm leads a bizarre parasitic life…  


© Karen McRae, 2017

Craft (Felted Fossil Stones)


Perhaps not the usual photography I post here but I’ve been quite busy making. These are a few of the wet felted ‘fossil stones’ I’ve been working on lately (they also double as pin cushions!). The gastropod and trilobite forms have been needle felted onto the rocks near the end of the wet felting process. Lots of fun to make.  : )


© Karen McRae, 2017



Frost and Traces

Traces of this morning’s delicate frost fading on the window as the day starts to warm (above) and the frost before it starts to fade away.


I have made several hundred photographs of frost on this window over the years, some of which are posted  here , but I hadn’t really noticed the traces that are left behind as it disappears.
(Click on images to see them in a gallery format.)

© Karen McRae, 2017

After the (Freezing) Rain

glazedflora1An ice crowned seed head from my garden.

Tiny icicles on the brink of melting away.

Mosaic patterns forming on the flora as the ice crowns begin to surrender to the warmth of the sun.
glazedflora7How quickly we can shift here from powdered snow, to rain, to freezing rain and back again.

© Karen McRae, 2017

Moving under Trees

Moving under trees dressed for autumn – leaves at dusk lit by streetlight.

I think I’ll attempt this technique again as the composition (or something) in these images is lacking but I sort of dig this not-so-subtle colour combination.

© Karen McRae, 2016