Untitled: Blue, Dark Blue and Yellow

The original photograph was taken overlooking  Constantine Bay and Trevose Head on the north Cornish coast with a wheat field in the foreground. I never take photographs so distinctly sliced into horizontal thirds. It looks odd.  Not so odd before I cropped it to a square format, but odd all the same. But then I…

Six on Saturday | Pelargoniums

The species Pelargonium is a half hardy shrub first collected in South Africa and brought to Britain in the mid seventeenth century by sailing ships from the Dutch East Indies Company. NOT a Geranium as it is still often mislabelled in nurseries around the country. The name Geranium rightfully belongs to a group of hardy herbaceous plants…

Pearl

I think these are oats. I was mesmerised by the light shining through them and the way they shimmered and danced in the breeze.

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image to enlarge) Looking down is this very hairy-faced Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) butterfly. This is one of our most widespread butterflies, occurring throughout the British Isles, but sadly suffering from decline especially in the south. One reason is the increasing presence of a particular parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, due to global warming –…

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image for a larger view) To identify small white and large white you will need to see the wing tips on the upper side of the forewing. A butterfly with extensive black marks at the wing tips, with black colour continuing a long way along the outer edge of the wing…

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image to enlarge) The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and once called Red Admirable,  is always attracted to the Hemp Agrimony which grows in my garden. They perch on the top drinking the nectar for hours. Seriously.  I often wonder if it has a soporific effect on them. Unlike the White butterflies,…

Changing Seasons – July

Month seven of my photographer’s nature journal. It is frightening how quickly the year is passing by. The lanes around me have been well and truly scythed to the ground. It does make it easier to see around corners and find the passing places without fear of crashing into a stone wall, but I could…

in my garden | an alien invader

Last Thursday I was in the garden shearing the Bay Laurel  shrub  (Laurus nobilis) as it was getting a bit difficult to pass by, which then meant having to pick up all the bits off the gravel path. I am always creating work for myself. I picked up one twiggy piece and was about to…

Six on Saturday | End of July Edition

I am somewhat bemused / confused / irritated by all the focus on the warm weather this month. It is after all summer! OK in the past decade our summers have been a bit of a wash-out, but let’s not forget that we have had sunny summers before. Maybe not with such high temperatures for…