Autumn in the Village

Most of what I include in my blog would fit the Weekly Photo Challenge this week: Local. I don’t often venture very far, mainly taking photos around my village, and occasionally a few miles away in Cors Caron. So it’s all very much local. What is going in on my local area at the moment is the slow march of autumn, as the trees turn from green to gold, most of the flowers are gone, and the air cools and freshens.  


Summer Nostalgia

I love autumn, but with the turn of every season comes a sadness at the loss of what once was. A nostalgia for times gone before. There weren’t many butterflies this summer but the ones that did come were as beautiful as ever, and I miss them now that their time is nearly over. This lovely Painted Lady spent quite a time in my garden brightening my day a couple of weeks back.


Questing for Wings in Bournemouth

I realised I never finished posting my photos from our visit to Bournemouth last month, and this set fit will with this week’s Photo Challenge: Quest. While walking around Compton Acres, and Bournemouth Gardens I was always on a quest for something interesting to photograph. As you’ll know I did take a lot of photos of flowers and sculptures, but what I was really looking for were things with wings! With quite a lot of water about in the form of ponds and streams I was hoping for Damselflies and Dragonflies, and I wasn’t disappointed🙂  


On Edge

You may interpret my title in more than one way… Literally speaking I am thinking about insects perched on the edge of things, but without the ‘the’ it suddenly means something else entirely. Something else that I am pretty familiar with these days with the anxiety when it hits. But I think photos of Dragonflies are nicer than photos of me looking anxious, so enjoy these instead🙂


Through the Hedge

I was thinking about the Weekly Photo Challenge while having a wander round the village earlier and when I saw some Rhododendron flowers through the hedge I thought they’d be good for a picture with a frame of leaves. I did also wonder to myself, why are these Rhododendrons flowering now – they usually flower in May! Then I started peering through all the gaps in the various hedgerows to see what I could see … First the church: Then a mother cow having a rest: Mother and calf this time – you can’t see very well but this was also…


Becoming a Rare Sight

It seems that butterflies are are becoming a rarer sight around my garden this summer. But last weekend I was pleased to see a nice variety of butterflies for a change. No Small Tortoiseshells though. This weekend the weather has gone downhill again, with wind and rain, so no chance of butterflies today I think.


The Foot-High Club

Taking a break from finishing off the photos from Compton Acres today to bring you a pair of Dragonflies mating in mid-air. Quite tricky to photograph but I’m pleased to have got some half-decent shots.  Rather than joining the mile-high club as is the phrase with such activities on an aeroplane, these guys are joining the foot-high club as they stayed near the water’s surface.