Labradorite

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I went into the garden with the camera once today, during what seemed to be a relative lull in the weather. Within seconds the clouds opened and it began teeming with rain, which, coupled with a fierce gusting wind, made … Continued

Placement

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R and I went to Charlecote this morning, expecting more of the excitement we witnessed on Friday, but the deer seem to have got over whatever it was that put a gale in their collective tail at the end of … Continued

Mono Monday: In and out

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After I’d been around the village this afternoon and taken a lot of middling photos of insects I didn’t care about very much, I thought I ought to do something useful, so I got a net and skimmed the ponds … Continued

Love-hate relationship

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I love Hummingbird Hawkmoths. I also hate them, because the little bast darlings are so difficult to photograph. Honestly, they make dragons look easy. We generally get a few visits from them each year, usually in late August or September, … Continued

Angles

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A couple of weeks ago I met a very nice family by the pond in Trench Wood. The parents were teaching their children about wildlife, and the older child especially – a boy of around eight – was keen, and … Continued

Serendipity

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R and I had entry tickets for Charlecote this morning, but when we discussed the trip yesterday we were both ambivalent about going; we didn’t quite decide to call it off, but it seemed more than likely at that point … Continued

Shade fly

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I’ve been photographing Helophilus pendulus hoverflies all summer, mainly patrolling my ponds in search of mates, or resting on the floating leaves of the water fringe, but I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen one feeding. Their … Continued

Tourist

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I had to go to Stratford this morning for a dental hygiene appointment, and afterwards I walked along the south side of the river as far as Weir Brake Lock, and then back again into town. As I approached the … Continued

Mellow whatever

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If I let you into a secret, will you promise not to judge me? I don’t like blackberries. Confession, they say, is good for the soul, and I do feel better now that I’m not masquerading as something I’m not … Continued

Flowery bower

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Well, seedy bower, perhaps. I spent far too long at my desk today, trying to catch up on paperwork that was by now so far beyond ripe that much of it was fermenting and at least one piece was nearing … Continued