During my last couple of walks round the village, the sun was shining after rain so there were a few things catching my eye with the shine of sun on water droplets. And the few remaining insects were catching the light in their eyes and their wings. Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine
Rain and Shine
Autumn in the Village
Questing for Wings in Bournemouth
Reflections at Cors Caron
Through the Hedge
Becoming a Rare Sight
The Foot-High Club
In among the flowers
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.
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.
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🙂
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🙂
No perfect mirror images, but there were lots of reflections of sky, trees, plants and a passing swan at Cors Caron last weekend. Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror.
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…
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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.
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.
While at Compton Acres (what now seems like a long time ago), it wasn’t just flowers we saw. In amongst the flowers, in various locations around the gardens were various sculptures. I didn’t photograph them all, but here are a selection of fun things found among the flowers.
I’m back to my normal life of work etc after holidaying down in Bournemouth with my sister. So I’m cheering myself up by remembering these lovely fiery blooms from Compton Acres last week: