in my garden | mr grumpy

I’m not sure what kind he is (possibly a Ringlet?) as he wouldn’t open his wings for me, just sat there on the honeysuckle leaf looking grumpy. I had my macro lens with me as I was photographing bees, or trying to, and he was just that little bit too high up for me to…

Six on Saturday | Wimbledon Whites

For the Wimbledon finals weekend it seemed fitting to choose six white flowers. Fortunately I have six in flower this week, I do have some white sweet peas but they were late to germinate and go out into the garden this year so I am still waiting for them to flower. Meanwhile I have two…

Garden View: Bonython Manor Gardens

Bonython is a 20 acre garden I have yearned to visit since moving to Cornwall. Typical of the usual Cornish spring plantings of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and Magnolias it then explodes into colour during the summer with hot South African planting reminiscent of the owner’s home country. It is a little out-of-the-way situated on…

Cucumber Green Spider

This green spider (Araniella cucurbitina) is seen from April to October and is around 4mm-6mm long. It is usually found hanging out on low growing bushes and hedgerows and eats flies and other small insects. They are native to the UK and, while they look mostly green all over, there is a small red spot…

Welcome the ‘Sky Painter’ #7

The last image this week (but probably not the last sunset you will see on here) is of St Michael’s Mount in tranquil Mount’s Bay. Standing on the top of the hill with the sky lighting up all around is a very strange feeling. To the west, gold, orange, streaks of red, green and aquamarine….

Six on Saturday | Herb Garden

When I moved here there were two rotten raised beds at the end of the garden, overgrown with forget-me-nots, grass and weeds, including common hogweed, although there was also some deep purple Aquilegia, Rhubarb and several strawberry plants. Oh and some bamboo growing alongside the fence. Anyway, family came down for a visit during which…

Welcome the ‘Sky Painter’ #6

On the way home  from the hill (22:08) this silo caught my eye as it reflected the dying rays of the sun. Several bats also caught my eye, but even though they teased me all the way home by flying just above my head, capturing them with my camera was nigh on impossible. I’ll leave…

Welcome the ‘Sky Painter’ #5

A view towards the Celtic Sea and the hills of West Penwith – this scene has been typical for several nights now, but I still am in awe of it. Taken from the top of Trencrom HIll.

Welcome the ‘Sky Painter’  #4

Another shot on the same evening as yesterday. But in  a more northerly direction. Taken from an upstairs window from which it is impossible to avoid the telephone post and wires.