autumn leaves

Virginia creeper in the garden. october 2019 This image was taken through the window in a heavy shower of rain. If you want to join in with celebrating the colours of autumn then take part in the Festival of Leaves 2019 hosted by Dawn Miller.

autumn fruits

Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) in the lanes. September 2019 Bramble is a food source for honey bees and bumblebees and other wild animals. Leaves are eaten by certain caterpillars and some grazing mammals, especially deer, are also fond of the leaves. Caterpillars of concealer moth have been found feeding inside dead blackberry shoots. When mature, the berries are eaten…

autumn berries

haws from  common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) september 2019 Common hawthorn can support more than 300 insects. It is the food plant for caterpillars of many moths, including the hawthorn, orchard ermine, pear leaf blister, rhomboid tortrix, light emerald, lackey, vapourer, fruitlet mining tortrix, small eggar and lappet moths. Its flowers are eaten by dormice and…

Changing Seasons – September 2019

This last week in September proved to be the real start of ‘proper’ autumnal weather. After a lovely few days of warmth and sunshine mid-month the temperatures soon dropped, the wind gained in strength and the rain, along with impressive thunderstorms, arrived. Making it a teeny bit difficult to get this walk in. Anyway last…

Life in the Countryside

Living in the countryside is not all romance and tranquillity despite the wonderful landscapes and incredible views, the fresh air and lack of pollution, the feeling of escaping the rat race. Here in the UK a rural location so often means a lack of amenities as village shops close down and local schools don’t have…

My Magical Place

Summer already seems long ago; the year has swiftly embraced autumn. The light is subtly different now. The sun is lower in the sky and shadows are longer and hard-edged. There is warmth in a sheltered spot, but an underlying chill lies in the air like a harbinger of winter. The country lanes are no…

Chapel Carn Brea

Chapel Carn Brea is close to Land’s End in the far south-west of Cornwall, not to be confused with Carn Brea which is near Redruth. From the vantage point of the former on a clear day you can see all the way to the Lizard and sometimes to the Isles of Scilly. Alas not on…

Wheal Coates

The Wheal Coates mining site is probably the most famous in Cornwall. It sits on one of the most beautiful cliff tops and the Towanroath shaft is very much a Cornish icon. We are most definitely in Poldark country. [click link for more Poldark locations in Cornwall] I have yet to get a ‘proper’ photo…

Changing Seasons – August 2019

August has passed all too quickly and with many more visits to the hospital. A quick walk along the George V garden was made after a morning of rain! Whist the rest of the UK suffered from yet another heatwave this month, we in Cornwall remained in a state of Cornish mizzle¹ for much of…

Aliens?

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60 | Framing the shot