Helpful Dragon

We saw several dragonflies at Compton Acres yesterday, but most of them were so busy about their business I couldn’t get a photo of them. I did attempt to photograph them in flight but its very difficult when they’re so speedy! But then my sister spotted one who was more willing to have his photographContinue reading “Helpful Dragon”

Dragonfly Eyes

It starts with a movement you catch out of the corner of your eye. A flutter of wings, a humming buzz as it flies past your ear. It’s a dragon! Adrenaline pumps and your mouth moves into a smile. Insects that have been on earth for millennia, still here today, flying past your head, in your village,Continue reading “Dragonfly Eyes”

Here be Dragons

Well, it’s been a while since my last dragonfly photo, and I was feeling the lack of it. Lately I’ve taking a lot of photos of horses and ponies and hadn’t had much opportunity for other smaller creatures. However this weekend I’ve been pottering round the garden taking photos, then this morning felt I hadContinue reading “Here be Dragons”

Peacock

The Peacock butterflies were enjoying the Buddleia in the garden today so I got a few photos 🙂 It’s my birthday today and my garden has celebrated with me 🙂 I got some presents for my pond too which is fab – a solar fountain and a Flowering Rush to grow in it. Hopefully ifContinue reading “Peacock”

Grasshopper Hide-and-Seek

Grasshoppers seem to taunt me at times… I can hear them but I can’t see them. However today I was lucky enough to track down a couple of them in the garden. They seem to be aware when they’re being watched and sometimes shuffle around a blade of grass to hide. When you move left,Continue reading “Grasshopper Hide-and-Seek”

Hoverfly and Scabious

The Scabious are flowering by the pond in my garden and they seem to be rather attractive to Hoverflies. I believe this one is a female Eristalis horticola. I’ve found one reference to a common name of  ‘Stripe-Winged Dronefly’, but other than than people seem to just call them by their Latin name. Hoverflies areContinue reading “Hoverfly and Scabious”

This is why …

This is why I stare into the hedgerow while I’m walking. I probably look pretty odd, but if you look in the hedgerow as you are walking you might spot some interesting little creatures hiding among the grass and leaves. It’s a lovely sunny spring day today, and I spotted a few creatures along myContinue reading “This is why …”

Here Be Dragons

I mentioned in the previous post that I’d seen some Dragonflies on my wanderings and here they are… Back home I spotted this Common Darter by the pond last Thursday. At first I was disappointed as I didn’t see any Dragons, but then I managed to spot this one and get a couple of shots.Continue reading “Here Be Dragons”