This week has been quite a week for me. I managed to catch an awful cold which has slowed me down enormously. While feeling pretty rotten, it has been the run up to my youngest daughter’s wedding on June 30th. Just because I am a very proud Mum, I’m including a photo here :-)
To get back to our English Garden, many wild flowers find a home in odd little corners. The top picture is a seed head from Wood Avens. Nature colours even these with a striking palette. It flowered a couple of weeks ago with bright yellow stars.
All kinds of pollinating insects visit this open flower where the nectar is readily available.
In other wildflowers, the plant has developed to provide for a narrow range of insects. This Foxglove hides it’s treasure deep within the tubular structure. It attracts bumble bees whose hairy backs pick up pollen and deposit it in the next flower where the stigma is perfectly positioned to receive it.
This isn’t a plant to grow if you have young children likely to play with it, though. It’s Latin is name Digitalis, a powerful medication for heart disease, but toxic to healthy people.
In the evenings we get regular visits from badgers. This photograph may look like he is out in daylight, but that is a trick of the camera. It’s actually almost dark. To get this shot, the ISO on the camera had to be set extremely high. It may have been possible to get a better result with flash but that may have scared him off.
The young Robins are already picking up their adult plumage and looking very strange and unkempt. The spotted feathers are being replaced on the breast by the typical scarlet. They will be off to find their own territories very soon.
I started this project in the coldest winter this area has had for quite a number of years. We are now into a blazing hot summer. Quite the opposite problem for wildlife which will welcome any water we can provide.
Nature on our doorstep can easily be overlooked as we are accustomed to it’s presence. To someone in a different area of the globe it can seem quite different and exotic, just as theirs does to you. So why not have a go at recording and sharing the everyday where you are? It’s a fantastic way to become familiar with both your local environment and your camera.