I've taken a few autumnal looking shots but will save those for later on, as for the most part the garden and countryside still look very green - it was more the trees with shallow roots which dry out (too) quickly like poplars and silver birch which were turning colour and dropping leaves and now, cross fingers, we should get a good showing of autumn colour now there is some moisture in the soil.
|My only garden picture here showing my poor Yucca with the white flowers, |
which collapsed under the weight of five, yes five, flower stalks all out of one branch
which has semi-snapped at the base. What a shame.
Now I'm going back to the end of September and some better photos that I managed to get of the Western Willow Spreadwing damselfly.
|Western Willow Spreadwing (Lestes viridis).|
|Western Willow Spreadwing (Lestes viridis) again.|
|End of Sept and here's a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) sunning herself |
(or awaiting prey to land) on a fading rudbeckia flower.
|It's the time of year for Crane Flies but I've never seen them mating before. This is on a water butt.|
|And Hoorah! I saw another female Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) and this one was pristine.|
I spent about 20 mins following her around the lawn as she was being very flitty
(and you can see how brown the grass was looking then).
|Female Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).|
|There's never a shortage of Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria) in my garden though |
and this one posed for me on a bramble leaf.
And now to a few birds......
|My only two captures of Chiffchaffs (Phylloscopus collybita) - these are warblers and are |
very flitty little things and the 2nd photo was taken through double glazing
in my Oleander just outside the living room window.
|Mr Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) enjoying the Sunflower seedheads.|
|Mrs Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs). Chaffinches are common garden birds all year round here.|
Due to the mild weather I saw some lovely colour in the fields today where green manure has been sown and which is flowering beautifully. Lots of fields of phacelia and a yellow mustard which I assume is green manure rather than autumn rape, although they do look identical. I bet those fields are buzzing with bees on a sunny day. No chance of a photo as (1) I didn't have a camera with me (we were going to the supermarket!) and (2), you can't always just stop on a main road to take a photo!
From now on blogging from me will be sporadic, due to 'stuff' going on in my life and I will endeavour to catch up with your blogs, although I may be behind or miss some of your posts. Without going into details I am not in the best of health and have a lot of hospital tests/specialist appointments right now. But I am telling you because I don't want to feel pressure to keep up my blog during times when I am not feeling well. I am sure you will understand. Take care. xx