Cropping Beauty

This remains my all-time favourite photo that I’ve ever taken. I think it’s magical. It was a lucky shot, not something I’d planned. As always when I see a dragonfly, I follow, trying to get a photo. This one (a female Common Darter) perched in some long grass on a beautiful sunny day in the…… Continue reading Cropping Beauty

Damp Dandelion Clocks

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is ‘All wet’. There are many dandelion clocks (seed heads) in my garden. Some people don’t like dandelions and treat them as weeds, trying to wipe them out from their neat lawns. Not me. Apart from the fact that I like how they look, they are good food for bees…… Continue reading Damp Dandelion Clocks

Make yourself at home

I spent some time in the garden today watching the solitary bees investigating my bee hotel. One of the holes seemed particularly popular. Here’s solitary bee 1 helpfully pointing to the most popular hole: That one up there – it’s lovely I mean this one, right here, do you see? In case I needed further…… Continue reading Make yourself at home

Good Morning Damsels

If I’m lucky, in a couple of weeks, I may have the joy of watching Damselflies emerge from my pond in the morning before starting work (from home), or while I’m having a morning tea break. The end of April / beginning of May seems to be the time for it, looking back through my…… Continue reading Good Morning Damsels

When this is over

When this is overI will not rushto peopleto shopsto restaurants, bars, cafesto once-again busy streetsI will rush in the opposite directionto disconnectto sit hereto beto feelto observeto drench myself in quietimmerse myself in natureand let it restore my soul And after I’ve sat for a while, I’ll go and look for some of my favourite…… Continue reading When this is over

Keeping it Simple

For a lot of people at the moment, life is strange, complex and worrying. We don’t know what will happen, we don’t know how long we’ll be in lock-down, we don’t know whether the world will ever be the same again. Some people have time on their hands, looking for things to occupy themselves. Some,…… Continue reading Keeping it Simple

Busy as a Bee (but not a Bee!)

It’s hard to carry on as normal when the world is in chaos and we’re all wondering what will happen. But it’s important for our mental health to try and do normal things, especially when there is nothing practical we can do to make things better. We can feel helpless and anxious, so keeping busy…… Continue reading Busy as a Bee (but not a Bee!)

Reflections

The topic of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Reflections and I had a look through my archives for some suitable pictures. While finding these pictures I was reminded how much I love Cors Caron, and that I’m looking forward to going for a visit when damselfly and dragonfly season gets started. So here are some…… Continue reading Reflections

A different angle

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is ‘Change Your Perspective’, and as my orchid was right there next to me I thought perhaps I could try some different angles on the flowers to get a different perspective from the way I usually photograph it. It now has 3 flowers and they face in different directions. I would…… Continue reading A different angle

Treasure Hunt

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge is a treasure hunt. I’ve been enjoying a dig through my archives to try and find shots for all the items, some more recent than others. Sunrise or sunset This photo was taken one morning a couple of weeks back, on my phone, while preparing lunches in the kitchen. The sky…… Continue reading Treasure Hunt