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Saturday, 19 July 2014

It's been a while

Well, I've been back in Wales for a couple of weeks. To begin with we had no internet connection for a while; it's back on now, but now my car is playing up.
Still, I've managed to take a few pictures when it hasn't been raining.
A big downpour passed through this morning, along with a thunderstorm, but it seems to have settled down a bit now.

Anyway, here's a few pictures; and I'll do my best to catch up a bit when I can.

Lots of boggy/marsh plants around here. The last one, I finished up waist deep after taking the picture. Hadn't noticed where the squishy bit ended, and the very wet bit started. Grace might enjoy these.

Marsh Cinquefoil

Bog Asphodel

Marsh Willowherb

Marsh Bedstraw

She's my constant companion while I wander the local fields.

There's half a dozen juvenile Jays around the garden at the moment. Very noisy, but great fun to watch. Here's a couple.

A visit to RSPB Conwy the other day; always something good to see. I think Theresa might enjoy this one. Two of the four ponies on the reserve posing for the camera.

An interesting bug turned up one day whilst getting some logs

about two inches long

I'm told it's a Pine Wasp

I put the moth trap out a couple of times whilst I've been here, and had some interesting visitors.

Poplar Hawkmoth
Quite a biggy.

Coxcomb Prominent


Gold Spangle

Burnished Brass. 
The yellow on this one really shone when the daylight caught it.

The next two are from the Little Tern colony at Gronant beach.

Little Tern

and last one for now

Ringed Plover

Enjoy your weekend.


  1. ooh, unexpectedly ending up in water would not be good, but you obviously held your camera up. :) loved the moths and blooms - and yes, the horses! :) glad you have internet again and hope the car is nothing serious!

  2. Quite a scary moment Theresa, to suddenly have your feet disappear from under you lol
    Hopefully the car will last till I can get home, and won't cost too much.

  3. Hi Keith Good to have you back again but falling in the drink!! Anyway you got beautiful shots of the wild flowers. Is Elle your dog? She is so beautiful and obviously has plenty of energy. Great action shot of her. Love the 2 horses laughing, yes Tex will love that one. some wonderful moths shots and flight shots of the Terns. Hope your car gets sorted out and you have a great weekend.

  4. Thanks Margaret.
    Ellie lives at the cottage where I stay, but she rarely leaves my side. She's a little beauty.
    Some amazing moths around.

  5. Wonderful wildlife photos, Keith, but Ellie is the star.

  6. What a cracking selection and a little belter of a dog.
    I thought the wasp was a sand wasp. The females sting but only rarely.

    Hope the motor gets fixed. All the best.

  7. Looks like you have gained a new companion with the dog.
    Those juvenile Jays look great as does the Little Tern and Ringed Plover

  8. Sorry for the repeated comment Blogger popped in and said "error" not sure if my comment got through OK....
    Looks like you got a new companion with the dog.
    Really like the juvenile Jays and the Little Tern and Ringed Plover too

  9. Great set of images Keith, some lovely wildflowers...worth getting wet feet for!
    Apart for levitation has Ellie got any more tricks?
    I bet you could while away no end of time watching the antics of those young Jays?
    I don't like the look of that Wasp...it would probable take chunks out of me?..lol!
    Those moths are beauties, you had a good catch? I got a big fat zero the other night.
    Have a good week...[;o)

  10. Great selection Keith. Love the crest on that juvenile Jay and Pine Wasp is a new one to me. Think we've got some more poor weather on the way this evening.

  11. Thanks Wilma. Yea she's every inch a star.

    Cheers Adrian. I think the wasp is a Wood Wasp, looking at the images on Google. But I'm told by the lady I'm staying with it's a Pine Wasp. Who am I to disagree?

    Doug, blogger is being an arse again.
    The Jays are great entertainment.

    Trev, Ellies greatest trick is melting hearts. lol
    Yea, there's some great moths up here. Just wish I could ID them all.

  12. Thanks Adam.
    The weather doesn't look too good does it. lol
    Always a bit wary here, being a thousand feet up.

  13. You sure managed some beautiful pic despite the unexpected dip. My favourite is of the horses.. love that expression. But your adorable Ellie and the young jays sure hold their own also.

  14. Punk rocker jays, I'm jealous Ellie looks great company, cinquefoil apparently related to the strawberry, this is one of my favourites at the moment and I'm trying to propagate it but I don,t think I will be successful. Moths are so cool. A bloke at work had put one in a plastic container and sealed it, it was quite big, and looked like it was dead, opened it up and after some time it came round, took it outside and let it go. Hope you are well and rejuvienated from your trip, always nice to hear of your journeys

  15. Good to know you're still with us and hope the motor repairs aren't too costly.

    An excellent selection, particularly the variety of Moths.

  16. Super selection of shots....I love the fuzzy Drinker! good luck with the car having some of that myself!

  17. Great moth shots, even if they do give me the creeps ;)
    You will have to take some waders next time you go bog flower hunting.

  18. Your jays are beautiful and I love the variety of moths.

  19. Thanks for all the replies. Late responding because the weather has been far too good to sit in front of a computer for too long.

    Hilary, thank you. Ellie is such a star. :-)

    Thanks Debs. Still enjoying the Welsh wildlife at the moment. The Jays are still being noisy too. :-)

    Thank you Frank. I'm getting some stunning moths here at the moment.

    Thanks Sondra. I've had to shorten my trips out at the moment, until I can get the car fixed. Annoying. Good luck with yours.

    John, I'm banned from the bog area at the moment. At least until my wellingtons dry out.

    Laura, thank you. It's surprising how stunning some moths are.

  20. This is the first time I visit your blog, and I'm blown away by your fantastic photography. These images are simply stunning!
    "Your" jays look so different (and absolutely beautiful) from ours (scrub jays). There is a couple of them in my garden, they raised their young ones here; unfortunately one of the youngsters was caught by the red-shouldered hawk one Sunday morning while we were having breakfast outside.

  21. Thank you for your comment Carola, and stopping by.
    I've seen pictures of your Red Shouldered Hawks; beautiful birds.

  22. Amazing! You took a lot of great shots! Ellie must've been a great subject across the local fields. She seems more than happy to be your model. Hahaha! Welcome back, by the way! Glad the internet is back. You're an amazing photographer, and it's only right that you establish your mark online. All the best! :)

    Jannette Britt @ T Link Broadband Services

  23. Jannette, thank you for your kind comments.
    Ellie is a great model; I've so many pictures of her.