Five Eyes: Pete Hillman

Five Eyes is a series I began last year and this is the first 2018 post. With Pete Hillman’s permission I’ve selected five photos from his blog, where eyes are a prominent feature in the photos.

NB:  If you visit the original blog-posts (links provided), in most cases you can view more photos of the same animal and read more information, as well as viewing larger images than provided here.

Pete Hillman’s blog home is Pete Hillman’s Nature Photography
– Photographing the Beauty and Wonder of Staffordshire Wildlife and More

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)


Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans), rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. July 2017   Here’s a link to the large-size view (you may need to click twice)

From:   Ischnura elegans II  |  09 July, 2017

Hornet (Vespa crabro)


Britain’s largest wasp, it is most distinctive with its brown and yellow colouration. The eyes are large and C-shaped, and they also have three simple eyes (ocelli) in the centre of their forehead between the main eyes. Length 20 to 30mm.

Photo from:   There’s something in the woodshed  |  24 Sept, 2017

Information from:   Hornet  |  30 Oct, 2016

Large Red Slug (Arion (Arion) rufus)


This was a beef and onion crisp, yes it was salted, and it could not get enough of it. It devoured the lot, and mopped up any remaining crumbs in one sitting.
September 2017, Staffordshire, England.

From:   Who said slugs don’t like salt?  |  08 Sept, 2017

Spotted Wolf Spider (Pardosa amentata)


It appears this female Spotted Wolf Spider (Pardosa amentata) with an egg sac, was keeping quite a close eye (or should I say ‘eight’ eyes) on me.
Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

From:   I’ve only got eyes for you  |  13 June, 2017

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Photo Below >> click on the photo twice to see Full-Size Version
(Really needs to be seen full-size for best view)


(…) We had quite a lot of Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) visit the garden this year, and this one landed on the asphalt roof of my shed one hot day. (…)
August 2017, Staffordshire, England.

From:   Eye to eye with the red admiral  |  26 Dec, 2017

Content selected and arranged by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018). All photos taken by Pete Hillman and used with permission.


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      1. Hey Liz! You’re welcome. 🙂 Ha, back online – It’s almost been two weeks since you replied, and I’m only getting back to you now! 😛 Tom and I have just been so busy with work since arriving in the UK (a good thing, I suppose 😀 ). We’ve really been neglecting our blog, but I’m going to spend some time writing today!


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  1. Benjamin is fascinated with these photos, “I love them.” He carefully inspected each photo and pointed out the details of the eyes and body parts. His favorite is the “orange slug eating his lunch.” He almost jumped off of my lap when I enlarged the Red Admiral photo “Wow, that is so awesome!” Thank-you, again!!

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    1. You’re welcome! There’s so much wonder to enjoy in these creatures and its fantastic that Benjamin is appreciating these things at such a young age. I was amazed at the orange slug, never seen a slug like that! Its actually pretty to look at!


    1. Thank you Mike! And too right, its wonderful to see his macro shots and all his other shots too! [For anyone reading this, please note that Pete has two other blogs too – if you go to his ‘About’ page you’ll find links to his other two blogs. I follow all three.]

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