Sunday, November 10, 2013


A female tortoiseshell butterfly,Aglais urticae,with the shot taken from 'head-on', ,takes time to sup on the nectar of a clematis (Clemitas Viticella? varigar 'Avant-Garde'), on our way to have lunch ourselves, at Mangerton Mill, nestled  in West Dorset.

'New Rays From An Ancient Sun'

I was in danger of making this blog solely about wildlife, so I'd best not overlook my surroundings either! So, a shot of the sea,right on England's south west coast, in Lyme Regis,Dorset, looking exceptionally clear and very tempting for a swim (- so it was a shame I'd forgotten my swimming shorts?! :D )

....Oh, and the title is actually the sub-titled part of  a Joe Satriani song - 'Day At The Beach', which seemed apt :) :)  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A 'Tiger' Near The Sea...

Out for an early morning walk in August, I happened across this day-flying moth,just with the periphery of my vision at first, because of it's striking markings, nestling in a hedgerow, in a country lane,minutes from the centre of  the seaside town of Charmouth, in West Dorset,which turned out to be a Jersey Tiger moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria). 


I believe this photo features the male of the species of Dragonfly:  Libellula depressa, or,as it's more commonly known, the Broad-Bodied Chaser.

Lack of experience with my camera only produced this 'average' looking shot - although, to be honest, after at least three quarters of an hour tracking a pair of these incredibly swift flying insects,around the edge of a local body of brackish water, I was relieved to capture anything at all?! So an impressionistic image is what I settled for, this time around!!       

Monday, July 29, 2013

Caught snacking on hibiscus...

I saw this little guy while walking back home from taking my mother some lunch at her place of work. I went to take a photo of the hibiscus flower and found him or her chewing on it. Beautiful and clear markings, this grasshopper is a Schistocerca obscura or obscure bird grasshopper. Many of the grasshoppers of this genus swarm as locusts.

*Photographer's Field Notes*
Photo taken with iPhone 4s
Location: Bradenton, FL

Date: 29th July 2013
Edited with Picmonkey

See more photos of this genus of grasshopper at this site:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lady in red...

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Bradenton, FL. July 2013
This particular flower has much significance in the Asian world. It is both the national flower of Malaysia and the flower of the Hindu Goddess Kali. The tea made from the hibiscus flower is a natural diuretic and contains Vitamin C and minerals, often used medicinally.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Those Which Lurk

A rose (variety as yet unidentified)in Langmoor Gardens,Lyme Regis again, with Rose-Chafers's(Cetonia aurata),head first, amongst the petals.Rose Chafers are scarabeid beetles, and as such, belong to the same family of beetles as the Egyptian Dung Beetle, and the impressive sounding  Hercules and Goliath beetles.
Incidentally, the Rose Chafer was the 'star' of a moment of  a recorded synchronic event, that occurred to the psychologist,Carl Jung, as noted in his book 'Synchronicity'.He was treating a female patient, who was describing a dream featuring a gift being made, of a golden scarab, when at that same time, a Rose Chafer appeared at Jung's window,and appeared insistent on tapping against it!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Tidal Trio

A trio of Herring Gulls,(Larus argentatus)on the shoreline,in Lyme Regis,Dorset.


Primula Denticulata Rubra
Langmoor Gardens
Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK
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