Furry

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R and I went for an early morning walk around Hidcote Manor Gardens today, and saw two things neither of us had ever seen before. The first was an Azure Damselfly emerging from her larval exoskeleton on a water lily, … Continued

Quickie

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Goodness me – the state of your mind…. I had very little time for photography today, because it was concert day for Chipping Campden Festival Chorus, involving the final rehearsal with soloists, as well as the performance. Given that it … Continued

Fresh

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I had such a productive session at Lower Moor Farm today that I’ve struggled to decide what to post tonight. In the end I’ve chosen this lovely fresh female Black-tailed Skimmer, because it’s the first time I’ve ever captured a … Continued

Marmalade

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Because I was quite tired after all the rushing around of the last few days, I decided to confine myself to a minibeast safari around the village today, rather than venturing further afield. There were plenty of bugs about, but … Continued

Bonding

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“The function of gannet social life is to allow the fierce to love.” Adam Nicolson, The Seabird’s Cry A gannet’s bill is a fearsome weapon – sparring males competing for nest sites can inflict terrible wounds on each other, and … Continued

Bempton Cliffs

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When I decided on Sunday to come up to Yorkshire, the weather forecast for today was reasonably good, but over the course of yesterday it deteriorated, and when I got up this morning it was pouring with rain. Worse, there … Continued

Crimson

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It was a steamy 27 degrees at Paxton Pits in Cambridgeshire this afternoon, and I was carrying a lot of gear. When I spotted this Cinnabar moth, resting on a nettle leaf above a stream, in the shade of some … Continued

Dyrham Park

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L and I went to Cardiff this morning, to take a hardwood garden bench inscribed with their wedding date to L&G. We had coffee and a lovely chat with them, and then went off to Dyrham Park, which neither of … Continued

Black-tailed Skimmers

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R and I went to Croome this morning, where it felt as though the dragon season was finally getting under way. R came down to the lake with me to act as spotter, but after a few minutes decided that … Continued

Large Skipper

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I went to one of my happy places this morning – realising, to my surprise, that it was my first visit to Trench Wood in many months. The weather was lovely, the plant life was lush, and the place was … Continued