Nature’s Strength

The strength of nature always surprises me. No matter how dark and cold the winter gets, spring always comes. Sometimes its a little later than usual, but still it comes. Spring makes me feel hopeful. After the darkness comes light, after the cold comes warmth, after the emptiness comes an abundance of life. No matterContinue reading “Nature’s Strength”

Snowdrops

It’s that time of year again, when the snowdrops are flowering. I went on a walk, the first one for ages, and got some photos of them. It’s slightly depressing how much pain a short walk causes, especially if I squat down to take photos of small things. However, the walk did bring me joyContinue reading “Snowdrops”

Unintentionally Romantic Hoverflies

There were many hoverflies visiting my Purple Loosestrife today, it seemed to be very popular. I was taking photos and seem to have unintentionally captured the hoverflies in romantic soft focus. This was mainly because it was quite cloudy so I had my aperture very wide, leading to this very shallow depth of field. IContinue reading “Unintentionally Romantic Hoverflies”

Imperfect Perfection

Last weekend I bought myself an Anemone plant. It was already flowering with lots of buds so I was excited to get it into the ground. Since then it has rained a lot and when I went out to take photos of them yesterday, they were looking a bit battered. The ground beneath was strewnContinue reading “Imperfect Perfection”

Marsh Mallow

No, not the sweets, but the flowers. I have some in my garden and every time I go out with my camera I seem to take yet another photo of them. I am obsessed with getting the curly stamens in focus. Lately they have been mostly bedecked with raindrops. Please enjoy my Marsh Mallow flowers,Continue reading “Marsh Mallow”

Plantain

Among the other more showy flowers, the Plantains often get overlooked. They don’t have flowers with colourful petals, but they are attractive in their own way. I have taken quite a few photos of Ribwort Plantains (Plantago lanceolata) over the years, and they do make a striking photo when they’re standing up alone with aContinue reading “Plantain”

Amemones

While at Compton Acres, I was enjoying the Anemones, and I’ve decided that I must get some for the garden (as well as the Cyclamens). I nearly bought a plant in the shop there, but then thought that carrying it back on the bus might be a little inconvenient. There’s something very appealing about them.Continue reading “Amemones”

Little Green Bugs

I have been seeing a little green bug around in the garden over the last few months. He really liked the Knapweed when they were flowering. I’d see him on them pretty much every time I went out there. I believe he is a Potato Capsid Bug (Closterotomus norwegicus). Despite his name he seems moreContinue reading “Little Green Bugs”

A Proliferation of Blooms

Spring is really making its mark now, and yesterday was all that is wonderful about spring. Warmth, sunshine, and new life… Wherever you look there are spring flowers bursting forth. Dandelions, often dismissed as weeds, provide a source of nectar for Bees and Butterflies (and many other insects) and bring a splash of lovely brightContinue reading “A Proliferation of Blooms”