Connected Damsels

When I thought about the word ‘connected’, I first thought about how everything in nature is connected into whole ecosystems and how these can be affected by changes in the environment and introduction of new species … and then I thought that’s getting a bit technical.

So instead I considered Damselflies, and how they become connected during the mating season ❤

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connected.”

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Are you looking at me?!

Taking photos from every angle is nothing new to me… it’s pretty standard when you’re creeping up on an insect! It’s all about capturing something without scaring them away so even you don’t get as close as you’d like to, you still have least one shot. Then if they cooperate, you try and get the perfect shot with just the right background.

With this Common Darter Dragonfly I was creeping round so I could get a head-on shot …

First a side-on shot, just in case it flew away:

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Then I’m getting the angle more as I’d like it:

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Then Mr Common Darter decides to get in on the action and do a little angle-changing of his own! “Are you looking at me?!”

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🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”

Small and Coppery

Here’s a pretty little Small Copper butterfly that I spotted a couple of days ago on a little walk to the village pond. They’re very dainty little things 🙂 I took some photos while he busily investigated every inch of this flower… he was having a good day with plenty of sunshine and flowers, and I was having a good day getting the chance to watch him and many other insects enjoying themselves 🙂

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These weren’t taken today, but today is rainy, so this is better 🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Beautiful Beautiful Demoiselles

No, I’m not accidentally repeating myself – this damselfly is called a ‘Beautiful Demoiselle’ and they truly are beautiful … so we have some beautiful Beautiful Demoiselles 😀

I just love these shots of this female Demoiselle – she was just resting there on the grass near the edge of the stream, and the sun was just in the right place to get this wonderful bokeh. One of these is now my desktop background 🙂

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The males are even more beautiful, but much harder to photograph! They flit around all over the place and are often defending their patch against other males. However I did get a couple of half decent shots:

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And I was extremely lucky to spot one pair mating and get some shots 🙂

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I know not all of these are on the grass but the first couple could easily be trodden on, so at least part of these post was inspired by The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Beneath Your Feet.”

Inspired

It felt impossible to sum up my inspirations in one single photo, so I made a image based on one of my favourite photos that I’ve taken, with extra layers of inspiration added to it. I am inspired by nature, music, poetry and love 🙂 ❤

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Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W. B. Yeats

Some music to listen to while you read the words…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inspiration.”

Musing on my Muse

my muse is all around me
the air, the soil, the sky
the warm embrace of mother nature
the flash of butterfly wings
the shimmer of bug on leaf
the breeze through the long grass
the buzz of bumbling bees
the splash of a tiny frog
as flowers open to the sun
showing their hearts on their sleeves
tiny mosses rest on walls
in the dark, secret places
buds slowly swell
in wild garden, hedgerow, pond and wood
I breathe deep of my muse
fill my lungs with her beauty
capture just a glimpse of the wonder
and share it with you

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”

Vivid Nature

vivid

  1. producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind
  2. (of a colour) intensely deep or bright.

I was thinking about this word as I went for my walk today, and was looking out for some vivid colours…

How about the vivid yellows, pinks and greens in the meadow?

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Or perhaps the vivid blues of these lovely damselflies?

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What about the vivid red and green on this Garden Chafer?

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Or these vivid pink Rhododendron flowers?

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But maybe instead of vivid colours I go for vivid memories of childhood days playing in the grass and trying to catch grasshoppers?

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As you can see, I didn’t choose – just included them all!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

Raindrops on Roses

When thinking about the word ‘ephemeral’ I realised that most things in nature are ephemeral, lasting but a moment in the grand scheme of things. Flowers, insects, leaves … allowing us a glimpse of their beauty for a while in their often short lives. And droplets, one of my favourite things, they are gone when the sun’s rays evaporate them. So what better than an ephemeral flower, and the even more ephemeral raindrops?

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

Heart of Orange

I found some orangey goodness! Just when I thought there was no orange to be found… silly me! What about these gorgeous Crocuses with their orange hearts?! I had a lovely walk on Saturday in the sunshine and there will be more photos to come from that – meanwhile, enjoy these lovely hearts of orange with me 🙂

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.”

Fresh Spring Goodness

I was lucky enough to have a brief moment of evening sunshine when I got home from work yesterday so I nipped out around the garden for a few minutes before the sun went down. I was happy to find some new fresh spring flowers popping up 🙂

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First Primrose – lots of leaves around but this is the first one I’ve seen starting to flower
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The first Daisy – only 2 or 3 flowers popping out so far but I’m sure soon the grass will be sprinkled with them
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First Dandelion (by the pond, which sadly has no frog spawn … yet! Fingers crossed!)

This post was (loosely) inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge which, this week, is “Orange”. Not a lot of orange going on but yellow is nearly there, right?! There really is no orange around in nature at the moment!