Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me
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Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Flowers



The Bells



Campanula rotundifolia


It's also known as Goblins, witches' or Pucks Thimble, and was traditionally linked to faries, witches and the Devil; and "should be picked at your peril". In Scotland it is commonly known as the Scottish Bluebell, as it is so widespread, although it is equally abundant in England and Wales.
The juice was an element in some of the witches 'flying ointment'. The name Harebells may also allude to a folk belief that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into Hares.




The widely distributed Harebell is easily identifiable by its fragile blue flowers that are shaped like bells and heart shaped leaves. Harebells generally grow in clumps which flower during July to September.







Enjoy the day



Thursday, 29 September 2011

A few with the new camera

Still loads going on here at the moment, so a few from the last couple of days, whilst playing around with the new toy.



Into the light



Light the path




Natures jewels





Winters food source




and finally, for now,




A delightful garden visitor; Long Tailed Tit




Enjoy your day



Sunday, 25 September 2011

Single Sunday

Chiffchaff




(I've got forms to fill in now)


Have a great Sunday; what's left of it.


Saturday, 24 September 2011

Back

Ok, I think I'm back. For now, anyway.

I took a break from blogging for a few days. The computer seemed to be taking over my life.
Still got things to sort out, but nearly there; (and I treated myself to a new camera; now that's great therapy lol )

So for now, a few pictures. Most with the old camera, but a couple with the new one.



 Comma



 Unknown.....at least to me, anyway.



 Harebell



 Grey Heron



 I wonder if Adrian will know this one?




 Peacock 



 Spotted Flycatcher  



 House Sparrow


I'll do my best to catch up with everyone later.


Enjoy the weekend.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Monday Macro

Had a fantastic day out with Trevor, of Three Counties Herald last Thursday. This is one of the dragonflies we saw, amongst loads of other birds, animals and insects.



Ruddy Darter


Enjoy the rest of your day.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Friday, 16 September 2011

Friday Flowers

 Short on words today; jolly job centre later this morning.


Todays flowers are Montbretia, or Crocosmia, if you want to be posh.


Easy to grow and brighten up any garden. They come into their own later in the year through to autumn. The orange or sometimes red flowers are trumpet shaped and appear alternately along the stems. The leaves are long and narrow.






Even butterflies like them. A Wall.



Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Sometimes we never know where the road we walk will take us.





A few birds from my recent visit to Wales.



Great Spotted Woodpecker



Stonechat



Meadow Pipit, with a Yellowhammer in the background. 



Spotted Flycatcher


And to finish on, a bird I only usually see climbing a tree trunk. A nice change to see him 'perching'.


Treecreeper



 More birds from around the world at World Bird Wednesday.



 

Monday, 12 September 2011

Friday, 9 September 2011

Friday Flowers


Heather




Common Heather; calluna vulgaris or 'Ling' is a native of the British Isles and is found growing wild on moors, common land, hills and mountains throughout Britain.




Heather is unmistakable in late summer when its tiny lilac or pink flowers are open, and entire hillsides may be saturated with their colour.




Its flowers and leaves, which are like tiny overlapping scales, are much smaller than those of other heathers (Erica) species.

The plant was an invaluable resource for peasant communities; its springy, woody branches were used to stuff mattresses, to thatch roofs, to strengthen primitive mud and clay walls, and it was also made into household articles, such as brooms and rope.
The abundance of the flowers, and the sweetness of the nectar, make it a favourite of beekeepers; and the flowering tops have been used for making beer.
The young shoots are surprisingly soft and palatable, and provide food for game birds, such as grouse.




No prizes for guessing where these pictures were taken.


Enjoy your day, and 'be lucky'
 

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A taste of Wales

I've just spent the most amazing few days I've had in a long time.




My heartfelt thanks to my lovely hostess for allowing me to stay, and share part of her life for a few days.


Six days in a cottage, up a Welsh mountain, waking up to sunlight creeping over a hill, blazing across the mountains, and 


 Buzzards


along with Ravens and Red Kites lording it over the skies; whilst on the ground, 


 more Meadow Pipits than I've ever seen in my life.



 Stonechat



 Wheatear 


Yellowhammers.........Linnets......and Pied Wagtails running through the fields with the horses.




I was in bird heaven!


Pheasants, Wrens, Blackbirds, Coal Tits, and Swallows nesting in the stable.
A lot of birds.
And the Hare in the field every morning; the Wall butterfly, amongst others; and that was without leaving the cottage.

The trips across the heath-land



produced, along with the sheep, Red Kites, Buzzards and Ravens in numbers like you'd find pigeons in Trafalgar Square; and even Hen Harriers gliding the air, searching for a tasty snack.

Harebells seemed to be everywhere,



along with the fading Foxgloves.




Jim came with me, and apart from the journey, which he wasn't keen on, he had a great time too. He's not been in the best of health recently, so it was good to see him enjoy the whole experience.
He made friends with two lovely dogs; Poppy and Bod, and spent a lot of time being fascinated by the sheep and horses.




He had the freedom to roam the fields, and enjoy all the new smells; and even roll in some.

An amazing time. Hundreds of pictures to sort through, but first I've to try and catch up on things here. Bills to pay, shopping to get, and people to catch up with.



Instead of views of mountains,




it's back to the view of my garden fence, and houses.


I'm missing it already.