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.
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!
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.
In the centre of Bath you have a number of green spaces to bring some colour and coolness to the city, and when you get five minutes to stop and relax, you can often spot little visiting squirrels like the one above, who was foraging for something along this bench during the early summertime, hence all of the lush greenery in the park!
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!
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.
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!