I have one sunflower that’s open at the moment, and the bees love it.
I have some nature photos for you today, taken over the last few weeks. Names of each species under the photos.
Small Tortoiseshell butterfly
Peacock butterfly (I love peacock butterflies!)
A honeybee I think, but I didn’t get a good look (it’s pollinating a courgette flower).
I’m selling my Nikon d60 on eBay. I’ve umm’d and ahh’d over this decision for months, because it’s a lovely camera, but I just don’t get full use out of it and I prefer my other Nikon.
I’ve never been able to completely relax with a DSLR, despite much reading and practicing, and I’ve accepted now that I will probably never go full manual. I’ll stick to bridge cameras, which give me what I want without demanding that I understand the technical aspect of photography!
If you’re interested in the listings, they are below. It’s only open to UK residents on eBay, but if you are outside the UK and are interested please send me a message and I’ll sort it out for you.
My photos have been a bit lacklustre recently. I haven’t been out much which doesn’t help. There are horse flies EVERYWHERE – has anyone else noticed this? It’s not worth going into the woods and fields for photos, just to get savaged by horrible flies. Plus, their bites last longer than bee stings (I can say this with authority!). It’s a bad year for plant and tree pests, because last winter we had no snow and so the weather didn’t kill off all the bugs and insects that usually die in the cold. I assume the same rule applies to the horse flies. I hope we have a month of snow next Christmas!
Here are a few pictures I have taken in the last week or so.
Archie sitting on the patio table, which she isn’t allowed to do!
A dunnock on the bird feeder. There haven’t been many birds on the bird feeder lately. I’ve slowed down a bit with food as I have an infection in my bird population and am trying to reduce the risk of spread. I don’t want food lingering on the feeders as I’m cleaning them frequently, so there is less out than usual.
This is a male meadow brown butterfly. There should be more butterfly photos from me later in the month as the butterfly count is in July and I have a secret spot where I know there are loads!
A blue damselfly. There are quite a few different blue damselflies, so I have no idea what this is!
I bought a new lichen guide, FINALLY! Identifying lichens is hard, so at the moment I’m just narrowing down my IDs to genus. This is a Xanthoria member lichen.
So there are my photos from the last week or so. I hope you’re all well!
(In unrelated news, I have a new contact form so feel free to use it! I was getting too much spam. I also have a new comment system for the same reason, so feel free to use that too!)
We grow things.
We also have nature reserves. The photos below are all from a wildflower meadow. You can get the names of plants by hovering over the photos.
Have a good day.
The birds are all flying the nest now, and we had a baby blue tit in the garden last week. They’re so cute!
I also found this dunnock photo on my camera, and I don’t know if I ever shared it on here.
Some of the flowers in the garden are looking beautiful at the moment. I especially love Alliums.
Finally, I found this weathered little snail shell hiding in one of my flower pots amongst the moss and soil, and I had to photograph it. The photo isn’t staged, it was just lying like this.
Have a lovely day.