The joy of our own pond

I’m so glad we made a pond. Bruce’s back didn’t enjoy it but even he agrees that the pond is worth it. We can sit and watch frogs and newts, and all manner of insects who enjoy being near the water, without even leaving our garden. At the weekend I spent some time watching Damselflies sunbathing and mating in various places across the pond.

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Damselfly Love

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Here Be Dragons

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some of the dragons we found:

Black Darter
Black Darter
Black Darter
Black Darter
Black Darter
Black Darter
Four-Spotted Chaser
Four-Spotted Chaser
Black Darter
Black Darter

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:

Emerald Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly

More from Cors Caron

On Friday I mentioned all the wildlife we saw on a walk at Cors Caron, but so far I’ve only shared photos of one of the damselflies and the grasshoppers … so here I am to rectify matters and bring you some other lovely wildlife from that day.

First off, here is the shot I mentioned of damselflies mating. It’s not as good as I would like it to be as their heads are not quite focused, but it’s still pretty cool even so ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then there was the Skipper which I got a shot of. Strange that I never even (knowingly) saw one before the last couple of months, in all my 39.999 years! They’re lovely little butterflies ๐Ÿ™‚

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And now for the one that got me most excited – my first snake I’ve ever seen in the wild! You should have seen me – I was ridiculously excited about it for ages afterwards! Here he (or she) is – the lovely Adder:

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Hope you enjoyed this wildlife as much as I did ๐Ÿ™‚