Sanctuary

The word ‘sanctuary’ has a long list of meanings if you look it up in a dictionary, but the overarching idea is that it means a place that is sacred, whether you mean that in a religious way or not. It is a place where you can take refuge and be safe. You can also…… Continue reading Sanctuary

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

Red

If you look in my Nature Guide, you’ll find there are a number of flowers with Red in their name. Sometimes they look pink to me, but if their name is red, then they count! We have: Red Campion: Red Clover: Red Dead-nettle Redshank With insects, red seems to be more literal and things definitely…… Continue reading Red

My Favourites

After my post yesterday about the most popular posts on my blog, I was asked what my own favourite photos of the year would be. So I’ve been having a think and these are the photos I liked best this year… First I’ve chosen this Snowdrop from the beginning of the year. I always try…… Continue reading My Favourites

April

April brings new life, new warmth, and the insects are returning after a quiet winter. I looked back at previous Aprils and found these images of some of the first insects of each year. A fly on a daffodil, April 2013 An ant on a Spanish Bluebell, April 2014 A hoverfly (and a photobombing Shield…… Continue reading April

Best of 2018

Happy New Year, dear readers. I thought I’d have a look back at my most popular posts from 2018. I’ve used the WordPress stats page to see which posts had the most views, and here’s the top 10: Number 10 – Chasing Herons Number 9 – On being a biology nerd Number 8 – Top…… Continue reading Best of 2018

Flying lines

Most insects like bees and hoverflies look like little flying dots from a distance. A little roundish splodge. But Damselflies are quite different. The first time you see them flying by it’s a little disconcerting as they are like little straight lines fluttering about! Colourful straight lines too. But of course I like to get…… Continue reading Flying lines

Evanescent Life

ev·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt] adjective Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Much of what I photograph is evanescent. From the seasonal flowers to the insects. The bluebells are fading now, their beauty a memory. The splash of yellow brought by Celandines has now been replaced with the yellow of Buttercups. Butterflies…… Continue reading Evanescent Life