August is the height of summer for me. It’s often when I’ve experienced the best weather across the UK, save for the odd storm and rainy day, but August tends to be full of sunshine and those classically hazy, sultry summer nights, which I will never tire of. While June and July can be categorised by me with those lush greens and bright flowers, August and September conjures for me those relaxed, golden fields full of hay bales and grasses glittering in the golden afternoon sunshine, hence today’s photo choice. This was taken back in 2014 in the field next to our house when we first moved up to Cumbria, and this field was a constant source of joy and exploration for me. It would change beautifully as the season’s moved forwards throughout the year, and these golden field moments have to be one of my favourites.
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!
June has been a hot and harried month with a lot going on and while July will undoubtedly be filled with lots of fun and good things to look forward to – including my birthday (!) – it also promises to be another busy, but hopefully sunny, month. So, with that in mind, I want to take a short break from blogging, hopefully just for a week, but possible for two, to focus on life for a bit and also to have a small break from the blogosphere. I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later, with lots more posts as I know I have neglected this blog, so thank you for all of the likes and wonderful comments, and I hope you’re all well. I leave you with this shot from St Bees, taken back in 2014.
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!