Plants & Fungi

Tina Claffey | Frosted Sphagnum



Name: Tina Claffey
Picture title: Frosted Sphagnum
Category: Plants & Fungi
Occupation: Nature Photographer

Tina says:
‘I am a nature photographer and author fascinated by the bogs and wetlands of Ireland. After working in the pristine wilderness of Botswana for 10 years, I returned home to Ireland and found a new appreciation for the wilderness in my own country.

Bogs are magical places that defy any distinction between land and water. This Sphagnum cuspidatum, or Feathery bog moss, took my breath away when I observed it through my macro lens. It was frozen in the bog pool after a heavy night of frost in the depths of December in Killaun bog, in the heart of Ireland. The moss extended its limbs in suspended animation, surrounded by frozen oxygen bubbles.

This terrain is treacherous all year round but even more so in sub-zero temperatures, when the bog pools can appear as small frozen puddles, yet are metres deep. I keep my hands free for balance, wearing my equipment in my rucksack, and I handhold my camera and lens. Obtaining a steady hand and sharp images has taken time, but practice and more practice has helped.’

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Technical information:
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
ISO 400
1/320 sec
Accessories: None – handheld shot
Post processing: Photoshop basic processing

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