Gatekeeper

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Dealing with a combination of the heatwave and an unexpected joint flare, I was good for pretty much nothing today, and spent most of it sitting in a deckchair in the shade near the wildlife pond, reading a book. Various … Continued

“Freedom Day”

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On our way to Cardiff this morning R and I exercised our newly-gained freedom, by continuing to wear our masks and observe social distancing when we stopped at Michaelwood Services to pick up some takeaway coffees. We were heartened to … Continued

Steamy

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Things are hotting up in our garden. Having populated the village with a good number of Large Red Damselflies from both our ponds over the past month or so, it was highly likely that some of them would return at … Continued

Close encounter

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The mini-heatwave that the weather forecast has been promising us arrived today, reminding me that however grumpy I get when it’s too cold or wet for my insect subjects to be on the wing, many of them don’t appreciate it … Continued

Royalty

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The Silly Season is upon us, when flocks of photographers migrate to the woods, flitting from one patch of mud and one pile of dog poo to the next, and greeting each other with their plaintive calls: “Any joy?” “Not … Continued

Moody

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“I can’t post that one,” I said. “People will think I’ve gone mad!” “I like it,” said R. “It’s…. moody.” It was a dark and murky morning, but after lunch the light started to lift, and in the middle of … Continued

Emerald

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One of the principal nature reserves in the Shire is Monkwood, near Worcester. Despite having lived in the county for nearly thirty years, and having been a member of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for nearly as long, I’d never been there … Continued

Elegant

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When I woke up this morning I pondered for a couple of seconds, worked out that it was Tuesday, checked the light, decided it was unphotogenic, heaved a sigh of relief, turned over, and prepared to go back to sleep. … Continued

Nodonata

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R and I went to Cardiff today to play with Baby B, and while he was having his lunchtime nap we took ourselves off to the nearby Forest Farm nature reserve. This is a an excellent amenity, especially given that … Continued

Surprise

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It was a fairly dour day, weather-wise, but a late afternoon walk around Tilly’s field in the gloom provided me with my most interesting find of the day. This hay meadow is rich with invertebrates at the moment, especially bugs … Continued