Camouflage

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R and I did gardening this morning (eeeurgh), and then, as the sun had come out again, I took myself off to Grove Hill and spent another happy hour sitting by the small pond, watching the dragons and damsels playing. … Continued

Empress

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It was unexpectedly warm and bright today, which (of course) made me think about dragons, so I zoomed back over to Grove Hill to check out the ponds there, and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Reinforcing my suspicion that Odonata … Continued

Thorny

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My friend J’s parents own a nature reserve – how cool is that? When the million pound Premium Bond comes up, I am definitely buying a nature reserve. Theirs is relatively small by the standards of these things, but it’s … Continued

Muntjac

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We get muntjac in the garden regularly though infrequently; they also turn up in our neighbours’ gardens, and I’ve seen them in an old orchard in the very centre of the village, so I’m pretty sure that they’re resident here. … Continued

Persistence

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I was rummaging around in the long grass in Tilly’s field, looking for a grasshopper to photograph, when I inadvertently disturbed this Common Blue. He flew into the middle of the field and settled on this grass stalk, where he … Continued

Babe

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At least, I think it’s a juvenile, rather than a moulting adult: it had the look of slight bemusement I associate with young birds when they’ve recently been kicked out of the nest. Today is R’s birthday (he’d rather I … Continued

Southern Hawker

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One of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserves, over on the west side of the Shire, is called the Knapp and Papermill. I’d never visited this site because, frankly, it’s an utter pain to get to from here; but last week … Continued

Sneezeweed

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It turned out seriously wet again. I think the garden’s had enough to drink now, thanks – can we please go back to it being August? My joints are better than yesterday, which is something to be thankful for, even … Continued

Cheerful

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I wasn’t even slightly cheerful when I woke up this morning in the throes of a rheumatoid flare. What with the state of my hands, and the fact that the weather has turned stormy again, I knew that I was … Continued

Common Blue

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Many butterflies are enjoying a bumper year in 2019, and I can truly say that for some species such as the Gatekeeper I have never seen so many in one season. But in our neck of the woods at least, … Continued