To this day this photos remains one of my absolute favourites of all time. I took this when I got my first little camera, just a little point and click. It was nothing fancy, but when I first got it I would spend hours and hours in my garden photographing everything in sight, and this was one of the first photos I took when I first started getting into photography. This little hoverfly was resting on my Mum’s California lilac tree, and was resting his forelegs on one of the tiny fruits which appear on the tree after the blossoms disappear, and I managed to catch him just at the right moment before he flew off.
Back in 2015 when I first got involved with 30 Days Wild I lived in a much more rural area, which was perfect for spotting all kinds of plantlife. One of my favourite spots was this lovely perennial cornflower which to this day, remains one of my favourite flowers. I love the deep blues and purples and when these bloomed I always lots of bees and other flying insects flocking to them.
It’s finally that time of year again where 30 Days Wild is upon us and I am loving every second. I always enjoy getting involved and have to thank the lovely Louise from Ramblings of a Roachling for first introducing me to it a few years ago. This will be the third time I take part and each year brings with it new and exciting opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wild! I’ll be writing a roundup post over on my main blog The Happy Larkspur every week, with the first post due to go up this Sunday, with the highlights from what I’ve been discovering and doing, but if you want to see daily updates from me you can find them on my Twitter account here, or click the little Twitter banner on the side of my blog as well. I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite throwback photos from previous years here on this blog, so until then, happy wildlife spotting!
At the moment the hedgerows are lined with bright pink red campion and it’s making me smile so much. When we lived back down South in Milton Keynes my Mum planted some wild flower seeds and a month or so later these lovely red campion had bloomed beneath the tree in our garden. So now whenever I see those tell-tale bright pink blooms it takes me straight back to afternoons spent lazing in the garden beneath the sunshine.
I’m taking a brief blogging break as I’v got a busy week ahead but I will be back blogging next week!
During the final year of living in Milton Keynes I was lucky enough to spot this beautiful angle shades moth out in the garden. It was a lovely, warm day around mid May back in 2013, and I found this little one resting on the stone steps in our garden. It was lucky I spotted him when I did as I almost stood on this moth! I hadn’t spotted one before and I was completely enchanted by it’s lovely colouring and pattern on the wings. They do remind me of autumn leaves, with their wing shape and length, any they’re definitely one of my favourite moths.
It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here and I apologise for that. Life has been running away with me! In my part of the world the countryside has really come to life with beautiful hawthorn blossoms and bluebells, while the local town is full of the distinctive calls from the seagulls and the sight of rabbits grazing the hedgerows at dusk. The promise of summer is definitely on the air and it’s been gorgeously hot here in Cumbria too! This kind of weather takes me back to my final year of university where our revision sessions were taken outside, and I often had the chance to do some wildlife spotting in-between. One of those days was when I spotted the lovely, emerald green flower beetle basking on the leaves above.
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks in my part of the world, which I’ve talked about a bit more in-depth on my other blog. April has been a mixture of emotions but with the turn of the season come the blossoms and they are well and truly springing up all over the trees now, and these ones in the photo above, I spotted on my daily walk around the local nature reserve back down in Milton Keynes during the summer back around 2011, and scenes like the ones above are filling me with vitality and joy for the months ahead!