Droplets on Catkins

Admittedly these may not be the obvious things that spring to mind for most people when thinking about the topic of ‘a good match’, but as I glanced through recent photos these leapt out at me.

At this time of year, if there is sunshine after the rain, there’s a good chance of capturing some beautiful droplets as they rest on the Willow catkins in my garden. They look so good together. Fluffy white catkins, and sparkling jewelled droplets. The droplets seem to defy gravity. Perhaps the hairs on the catkins help them stay put.

I think they are a very good match 🙂

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: a good match

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Grace in Petals

I’m looking forward to spring and the arrival of insects and flowers. In the meantime I’m remembering the summer and some beautiful graceful flowers I saw down in Compton Acres in Dorset.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

Summer Nostalgia

I love autumn, but with the turn of every season comes a sadness at the loss of what once was. A nostalgia for times gone before. There weren’t many butterflies this summer but the ones that did come were as beautiful as ever, and I miss them now that their time is nearly over. This lovely Painted Lady spent quite a time in my garden brightening my day a couple of weeks back.

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Questing for Wings in Bournemouth

I realised I never finished posting my photos from our visit to Bournemouth last month, and this set fit will with this week’s Photo Challenge: Quest. While walking around Compton Acres, and Bournemouth Gardens I was always on a quest for something interesting to photograph. As you’ll know I did take a lot of photos of flowers and sculptures, but what I was really looking for were things with wings! With quite a lot of water about in the form of ponds and streams I was hoping for Damselflies and Dragonflies, and I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

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Azure Damselfly
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Speckled Wood Butterfly
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Speckled Wood Butterfly
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Beautiful Demoiselle
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Large Red Damselfly
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Golden-Ringed Dragonfly
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Beautiful Demoiselle
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Beautiful Demoiselle

 

In among the flowers

While at Compton Acres (what now seems like a long time ago), it wasn’t just flowers we saw. In amongst the flowers, in various locations around the gardens were various sculptures. I didn’t photograph them all, but here are a selection of fun things found among the flowers.

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Fiery Colours

I’m back to my normal life of work etc after holidaying down in Bournemouth with my sister. So I’m cheering myself up by remembering these lovely fiery blooms from Compton Acres last week:

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Lilies

As well as the Waterlilies there were a whole bunch of non-water Lilies … if you see what I mean. I particularly love the light on the yellow Lily which I think is a Tiger Lily.

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White Lily
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Tiger Lily
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Tiger Lily
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Stargazer Lily
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Stargazer Lily

Waterlilies

How about some waterlilies? These photos, and some of yesterday’s, were taken at Compton Acres, some lovely gardens in Poole. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area and you enjoy a nice walk among lovely flowers. They also sell delicious quiche in the cafe 🙂

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Anemones

I’ve been taking a lot of photos of flowers over the last few days in Bournemouth. Here are some Anemones for you. More flowers and assorted other things to come!

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A Narrow Perch

Yesterday in a break in the weather I had a potter around to see what I could see. There were dragonflies out and about (more of that another day) but also something much smaller and less showy – these little Common Green Shieldbugs. If you’re familiar with Shieldbugs you might think these look a little odd, and that’s because they’re not the adult version – these are nymphs. I think these ones are 3rd instar nymphs. Basically what happens is they hatch out of their eggs as 1st instar nymphs and go through several moults, getting larger and more Shieldbug-shaped though 5 instars, then become adults.

Anyway, when I was thinking about this week’s photo challenge (narrow), I immediately thought of this first shot that I took yesterday of this little Shieldbug nymph on a rather narrow perch, watching the world go by.

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Here it is from another angle. Quite dramatic lighting completely by accident here.

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And here’s a different nymph on a less narrow perch.

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Moths in the Garden

I discovered by chance today that it is National Moth Week at the moment. This seems to be an event mainly focused in the US but it has spread and there are various events across the globe. This made me think of the other day when I saw a moth I had never seen before! So here is that moth, and a couple of others that I recently spotted in my garden, in celebration of Moth Week.

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Buff Footman Moth – Eilema depressa
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Silver Y Moth (brown colour form) – Autographa gamma
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Scarlet Tiger Moths (mating) – Callimorpha dominula

Floral Dance

My garden is not exactly ‘gardened’ as you might have guessed from all the wildlife garden posts. Apart from when we created the pond, mostly the back garden is allowed to do it’s own thing. We do hack back brambles and over enthusiastic bamboo, but I love to let it grow as it wishes. What I really want is a garden that is like going out for a walk in the countryside, with wildflowers and creatures all getting on with their lives around me. With my back/leg problems sometimes going for a walk is harder than it sounds, so having my own wild garden is important to me.

You’ve met the damselflies, the frogs & newts, and various insects and spiders, so here are some of the flowers that are choosing to grow in my garden at the moment.

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Columbines (there are LOADS of these this year)
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Herb Robert
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Welsh Poppy
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Herb Robert