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Very Hungry Caterpillars

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Back when I used to live in Milton Keynes my Mum and Dad had a vegetable patch which started off brilliantly and produced a fair bit of produce come the summer, until a large white cabbage butterfly landed on the purple sprouting broccoli. I was in the garden at the time and took a couple of photos because I thought the butterfly was beautiful, and then shortly after that, we had a mini caterpillar nursery on the purple sprouting broccoli. Needless to say there wasn’t much that could be done after the little eating machines got going, so I took the opportunity ot get some nice photos and this one was my favourite, but I think if I get the chance to plant some purple sprouting broccoli of my own, I’ll keep an eye out for cabbage whites!

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A Little Orange Ladybird

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Ladybirds do have a special place in my heart. I found this all over orange one, covered in black spots in my parents old garden and for a long time I haven’t been able to correctly identify it – I’ve often wondered if it’s a 22 Spot or a Bryony ladybird, but I can’t be sure. The head and the legs are all orange too, so this little brightly coloured ladybird remains a mystery to me, but I loved watching it walk all over the lavender during one hot summer.

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Daisies and Dew

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It was an early summer morning on campus when I took this photo. I was at university in Bath and the sunshine each morning meant that the morning dew was lit up against the green of the grass beautifully. At this point of the year, there were still daisies around and I accidentally took this one by mistake, but what resulted was a photo that’s become one of my favourites, despite it’s initial blurriness. I was trying to get the dewdrops in the background, along with the shade patterns on the wall, and mistakenly hit the button on my camera before getting into position; ideally I wanted the daisy in front out of focus so I could get the one closer to the wall, behind it. However, I love this photo, and it’s still one of my favourites today.

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Ruffled

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When I was at university, our campus had a pair of resident breeding swans. They were very friendly and would often come over to the edge of the lake to say hello. On one of these sunny days when the summer term was drawing to a close, I would spend nearly every other day down by the lake, getting as many photos as I could before I moved off campus for my second year. This photo is one of my favourites of the swans. I love the way the feathers were raised and ruffled. This swan was having a cleaning session when I came down to say hello, and I caught this pose just before the feathers were flattened back to their normal pose again.

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Pink Blossoms

Something cute and pink for today seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day and my mind is firmly looking towards spring, when blossoms like these pink ones will be flowering again. These were on my daily walk to the library into town back when I was living in Milton Keynes, and they remain some of my favourite spring photos to date. So I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day today, whatever you’re doing!

 

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Lavender Honeybees

Back when I lived in Milton Keynes, Mum grew two big lavender plants from a couple of cuttings and each summer they would come to life with honeybees and other various insects. The bees in particular loved it, and if you went outside during the hottest days all you could hear was a faint buzzing coming from the flowers. The scent from the lavender in the evening was beautiful too.

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Sunshine Thistles

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When I lived back down in Milton Keynes there was this lovely local nature reserve just five minutes around the corner from my house, and come the summer, there would be these beautiful thistle flowers blooming amongst the hedgerows, and when the sunshine hits, it was so pretty to walk amongst them, watching the bees and butterflies flit from flower to flower.