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Beasties file

Beasties file

I enjoy taking photographs of the things I see in the garden and around me. I took this on the third of July this year and stored it in my Beasties file.  It was not until this September that I was treated to a full slide show of Ladybird metamorphosis that I could identify it … Continue reading

It is a matter of perspective

It is a matter of perspective

It is all a matter of perspective. Viewed on the computer this is a remarkably bad photograph. Viewed in reality on a warm August evening it is a little marvel of nature. Viewed scientifically it is a bioluminescence released when the enzyme luciferase interacts with the luciferin naturally produced by the glow-worm, releasing energy in … Continue reading

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Delicate and poised. The fennel in the garden gives colour and attracts life. Friend or foe? That depends on whether you are a solitary bee or not. We give you a name.  Should we judge you too?  

Where do butterflies go when it’s cloudy?

Where do butterflies go when it’s cloudy?

It’s cloudy today, not cold just cloudy and there has been a short shower of rain. But no butterflies. A few days ago we went for a walk. (Melanargia galathea, Marbled white) There were butterflies everywhere. (Melanargia galathea, Marbled white) Just to prove what I am saying, I’ll show you a photograph of two at … Continue reading

French stick insect

French stick insect

This little creature attached itself to us in the garden, or rather to the mug of coffee I had left on the grass.  It is not a fast mover and did not object to a close examination. Close up it looks like a bad imitation plastic toy. If you think it looks cute, you are … Continue reading

Distractions in the vegetable garden

Distractions in the vegetable garden

This Privet Hawk moth (Sphinx ligustri) appeared while I was weeding in the vegetable garden.  Excuses to stop weeding don’t come much better than that. The poor creature was unlucky enough to fall into our hands but endured stoically our admiration and picture taking.  There are no privets around us but lots of ash trees … Continue reading

Summer approaches in the woods

Summer approaches in the woods

Everyday sees changes in the countryside.  The warmth, the cold, the rain, the sun all conspire to bring about subtle changes that made no two days the same but there comes a point where our coarse senses remark a change that cannot be ignored. The vibrant, frenetic days of spring are past and summer is … Continue reading

A hole in the grass

A hole in the grass

This is a picture of a hole in my garden. And why should this interest you?  Well in fact, it probably doesn’t interest most people. For my sins, I found it very exciting.  To me it seemed an extremely interesting hole.  My immediate thought was that I had stumbled upon the entrance of a solitary … Continue reading