I have pondered for a while whether I have any photos that fit with this week’s photo challenge. Yet again I have to tear myself away from my preferred small world and look a bit further afield. That’s why they call it a challenge I guess! I took this photo last month at Cors Caron, when I briefly moved my camera away from the damselflies and grasshoppers and saw this duck. It seemed to like perching on this stump and I thought it made the shot more interesting than just an empty lake. So we have a shot of 2 halves – half water, half trees and sky, and a bonus duck 🙂
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Half and Half.”
On a recent walk at Cors Caron I spotted these two damselflies in love. I watched (and took photos, of course) while they gradually positioned themselves into a lovely heart shape. I know it’s silly, but it seems kind of romantic 🙂
Sorry I’ve not posted for nearly a week. It’s been one of those weeks, but it’s the weekend and yesterday we had a lovely morning walk at Cors Caron, our local marshy nature reserve. One of the main features of the walk were Dragonflies (and Damselflies) and I kept thinking to myself of old-fashioned maps with “Here Be Dragons” written across them 🙂 Here are some of the dragons we found:
There were many many other dragons I didn’t get a shot of as they whizzed and whirred around. I did spot a new-to-me damselfly as well which made me happy – the Emerald Damsefly:
Sorry I haven’t blogged sooner – it’s been a busy week! I haven’t got out much due to work and weather but we did manage a little walk at Cors Caron on Thursday, and went for a short walk round the village yesterday while the sun shone.
The most exciting thing we saw on either of these walks were lizards! For those of you not in the UK, you may see lizards regularly, but over here they’re not the most common of sights, so they make us excited! Along the boardwalk at Cors Caron (a marshy bog-land nature reserve) there were lots of Common Lizards basking on the warm wood of the fence.
Also at Cors Caron were many different Damselflies. I spent ages trying to identify them, but I’m not entirely sure. I think the blue ones are Azures, rather than Common Blues, from looking at their markings. The females are even harder to decide. Anyway – enjoy how they look even if I’m not sure what they are!
As well as the Damselflies there were several Dragonflies about but mostly I only saw them passing in a flurry of wings. They fly in a different way to the Damsels, all helicopter-like. But this one stayed still for a moment so I could get a photo:
On a more floral note, I saw that the thistles were flowering, much to the delight of the bees. Also loads of yellow Flag Irises were out looking very bright, and many Heath Spotted Orchids (less showy) were dotted about.
Back at home yesterday morning, I slipped out between showers to get some raindrop photos. Here’s one on a plant in my garden – I’m not sure what the plant is though! Pretty thing whatever it is!
Later the weather got better and we went for our little walk. Some of the Honeysuckle is out now, but a lot of it looks like this one – nearly there:
A highlight of our walk was spotting this beetle which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. It turns out to be a Garden Chafer. I love how hairy she is! (I think she’s a she because her antennae are small rather than big and feathery)
There was a big Potentilla bush near the pond looking lovely and yellow. It seemed quite popular with insect. The sky was clouding over at this point which made photography quite tricky. We already had the wind to deal with, but when the sun kept coming and going it got really difficult with settings needing to be changed all the time. I was lucky to get this flower in focus really!
And finally for today, another lovely Dog Rose flower. I’ve posted a few already but they’re so pretty and I was pleased with the focus on this one, on the sprinkling of stamens.
That’s enough for now. It seems that spring is moving on to summer pretty soon, despite the stormy weather we’ve been having. It will be nice to see more flowers and insects appearing 🙂
The title I’ve given this post amuses me as it sounds like the title of a children’s book! I feel like I should write a story now! Anyway this is the grasshopper I mentioned yesterday – we could hear grasshoppers all around so were looking to find any near enough to photograph. We followed the sound of one that seemed close and found this one down by the edge of the path. I was trying to get a good shot but there was too much grass/reeds in the way. As I tried to gently move some out of the way to get a shot, he decided he rather liked the look of my nearby hand and climbed on! He stayed there for quite some time posing for shots which was lovely 🙂 I think he was a Common Green Grasshopper.