Early

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The weather has turned somewhat grim since Tuesday: it’s cold and dark, and conducive neither to bug activity nor the photography thereof – but yet we haven’t had the rain we quite desperately need. I will feel rather embarrassed if … Continued

Spotted chick

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Just a couple of days ago, R and I were having a conversation about the birds that come into the garden, and the fact that some species seem to come and go. One that R mentioned was the yellowhammer: at … Continued

Azure

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I’ve been battling with myself for the past ten minutes: this is one of the nicest photos I took today, but the extra is the most exciting. In the end I’ve decided to give the Azure Damselflies pride of place, … Continued

Green and gold

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That is, a green female Banded Demoiselle in my main image here, and a gold (and green) female Beautiful Demoiselle in the extras. If you view them both full-screen and flick between them, you’ll easily see the difference. Surprisingly, this … Continued

Bold

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I like a bold colour scheme as much as the next woman (I have in the past painted entire rooms red), and I generally adopt a permissive attitude to the life choices of the creatures that share my garden. But … Continued

Scarce

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Not the dragon: I easily found half a dozen, once I’d spotted the first tell-tale flash of powder blue, and got my eye in. Parking spaces at Eckington Bridge, on the other hand, were as rare as hen’s teeth this … Continued

The distaff side

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This morning I went back to the far end of the garden, to look for yesterday’s new friend. He wasn’t there, but almost at once I spotted a female demoiselle. She was quite high up in a willow tree, and … Continued

Beautiful

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“Starter for ten,” I said, interrupting R in his study and thrusting my camera under his nose. “What’s this?” Peering at the screen, he replied, “It’s a…… Beautiful.” It is indeed a Beautiful. Which just goes to show two things: … Continued

Emperor

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Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you for your lovely response to my 6-year milestone yesterday. I’m very grateful for your lovely comments, and touched by your generosity in sending my post to the top line of pops. … Continued

Six

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There are two celebrations going on here (or three, if you count the fact that I managed to buy some plain flour today, for the first time since this whole lockdown business started, and was thus able to do some … Continued