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Black & Yellow

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I turn 27 today so wanted to celebrate with a sunny, uplifting photo and this little marmalade hoverfly fit the bill for me. Back when I lived down South my parents had a lovely vegetable patch and it was always a-buzz (pun intended) with wildlife, especially insects. I would head out there most days to try and get some photos and I’d always manage to spot something new each day. Here’s hoping my 27th year takes on some of the sunny colours in this photo!

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The Bug & The Berry

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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.

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Amazing Angle Shades Moth

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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.

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A Little Green Flower Beetle

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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.

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A Sea of Gold

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When I first moved up to Cumbria, the area my family and I settled in was nice and rural, situated close to farmland, while still being a stone’s throw from the local village and a 20 minute walk from the town centre. For most of my life I’d lived either in the suburbs or close to the town centre, so being able to go outside and see fields full of sheep each morning was a little unreal, and I often had to pinch myself as I’d always dreamed of living somewhere like this! I now live back in the village in a suburban area, much closer to the town, which is handy for getting into town and being closer to local businesses, but I often miss the wildness of where we first landed, so this lovely photo of some golden-yellow biting stonecrop with a lovely bumblebee foraging on top, that I took back in 2014, helps me to remember!

 

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Devil’s-Bit Scabious & The Bee

I got these two photos on one of the first evenings in Cumbria, back in 2014. I was walking along, near the Derwent down by Workington, and the hedgerows were full of life and colour. There were a fair few people out and about around this time, walking their dogs and enjoying the sunshine, it was beautiful. These lovely, pastel blue devil’s-bit scabious were everywhere, and on this particular flower head was a very happy, and hard-working bee.

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Hidden Honeybee

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Spring is fast approaching and I can’t wait until the hedgerows are buzzing with life again come the warmer days. Heading outside into the garden to see the lavender full of bees is always a happy sight, and the little hidden honeybee I snapped above was having a forage amongst the beautiful trees and bushes in our garden at our student house back in Bath in 2014. We were very lucky to have a property which had a long, fairly wild garden which came to life in the summertime, and I managed to get many a pretty photo of the miniature wildlife there!