At this time of year my thoughts automatically turn to festive things like Christmas lights twinkling in windows, waking up to frost on the grass, seeing the local robin with his bright red plumage hopping about in the garden and of course, snow. With that in mind, I thought this snowy scene back from my old home in Milton Keynes was fitting. This was taken during 2010 when we had our record snowfall and big freeze, and I spent hours just wandering around outside, taking as many photos as I could.
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!
July is usually a productive and fun month for me but this time around it’s been busy and a little stressful, if I’m honest. At the moment there are a lot of changes happening in my life and while most of them are for the good, it means I’ve also been very busy, hence some of the radio silence on here and over on my main blog. So with my birthday arriving in just a couple of days’ time I went digging around in my photo folders to find something from a July gone by that makes me smile, and this shot of my Mum’s roses back in our old garden in Milton Keynes, fit the bill perfectly. I will be getting back into the swing of blogging here regularly again, and I thank you all for your patience and kind comments you always leave here. I hope your July has been as rosy as the petals on this flower are, and hopefully the rest of the summer will be calming for all of us!
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.
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’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!