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!
Back when I lived in Milton Keynes, my Mum made the brilliant decision to buy and plant a California lilac tree and it grew so quickly and beautifully over the next few years until, every summer like clockwork, the tree would spring to life and flower with bright, blue blooms which attracted bees and butterflies into the garden and kept the path below nice and shady too. It was my favourite tree in the garden, and as soon as the warmer months rolled around I would take my camera outside and get plenty of photos both for myself and for Mum so she would have photos of her tree, which was handy as after the very cold and wintry 2010 blizzard we had, the frost got to the tree and it never recovered, but we still have these photos to remember it by.
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!
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.