Cornish beaches: Polly Joke

Otherwise known as Porth Joke. (Remember Porth in Cornwall means a bay, port or harbour). The name Polly Joke is thought to be derived from the Cornish ‘Pol-Lejouack’ meaning Jackdaw cove. It is a V-shaped strip of beach tucked in between Kelsey Head and West Pentire Point on the north Cornish coast close to Newquay. …

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…

the case of the disappearing lighthouse

I woke up to glorious sunshine and the bluest of blue skies today. Decided to nip over to Godrevy for a walk before the shops opened at 10:30 and see if the heather is blooming. Before I miss that too! I was not surprised to see a finger of fog or sea fret spilling in…

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…