Sunday, 15 July 2012

Garden Wildlife

Hello, and thank you for all your kind comments on my last post :) 

Having been stuck indoors for ages, I was going to tackle the jungle of weeds in the veg plot today but got side tracked by the wildlife in the garden and went back in for my camera instead!  Everything is so wet it's no fun weeding and getting covered in mud :(

Butterfly numbers are down this year, but I noticed this Ringlet one on the daisies.  Apparently they are happy with damp shady places, which explains a lot!



Lots of bumble bees





I think this is a solitary bee.  I've seen a few holes in the ground where they've made nests.


Hoverflies



And a grasshopper.  Really odd looking creatures close up!



Not forgetting these pests!  Lottie used to catch them now and again, but they seem to out smart her and stay just far enough away to be safe now!



Enjoy the rest of the weekend
xx



29 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, and Lottie is a cutie. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, too.
    Meredith

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  2. Fantastic picture as usual! Yes the butterflies seem to all be hibernating too, I really miss them! Ada :)

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  3. Beautiful pictures, especially the butterfly and grasshopper! Good to get outside, Lottie looks like she's posing :) xx

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  4. Gorgeous post, such wonderful pictures!
    Victoria xx

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  5. A lovely post. We don't seem to have many butterflies either, a couple of orange tips in the last couple of days is all i think i have seen. There have been bees out today, & i too saw a solitary one this moring.

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  6. A lovely post and your photographs are delightful. Love the first one and the grasshopper ones in particular!
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    June

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  7. Your photos are beautiful, I love the grasshopper lovely to see him so close up.

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  8. It loves like summer where you are! Fabulous images :D We're just back from a quick whizz round the field with the whippets between rain showers. I think they'd love to have been basking in a bit of Lottie's sun :D

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  9. I'm glad you got side tracked with the wildlife and went to get your camera you pictures are superb. So nice to see a grass hopper close up .
    Sarah x

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  10. So very beautiful!!!

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

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  11. I don't think I have seen a grasshopper in the garden - how clever of you to have spotted it. Hardly seen any butterflies this year which is a shame I love to see them fluttering about.

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  12. Fab pictures.

    Luv Jane XX

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  13. Such gorgeous photos!! The last one is my favorite!! Such a sweet face!! Wishing you a beautiful week! xo Heather

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  14. I was just reading earlier how this weather is causing havoc with the wildlife because of too much water and not enough sunlight, only the snails and the slugs seem to be having a grand time. Your photos are lovely.

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  15. Wow - these pics are sooo beautiful. Usually when I spot some wildlife, by the time I've dashed inside to pick up my camera, the dogs have scared the pretty creatures away!

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  16. A lovely photo of Lottie. There's a lack of wildlife around this year, hardly any butterflies or bees, and although there were plenty of ladybirds when we had a warm spell in spring, it seems they've gone back in to hibernation. I did see a frog in the garden on Saturday but he doesn't seem to be doing his job very well as I'm plagued with slugs.

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  17. Your pictures are beautiful :)

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  18. Super super pictures what camera and lenses are you using, Lottie a perfect name for her

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    1. Same as usual David. My Nikon with the 60mm macro lens. Tend to leave it on for most things!

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    2. Hi again Debbie I asked because I am looking to upgrade my nikon kit later in the summer, is it the 2.8 micro nikkor and what model Nikon is it as some dont have the autofocus motor in them. thanks kind regards,David

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    3. Yes that's the one. I think that some prefer the 90mm lens as you don't need to get so close to the subject, but I prefer this one as it's more generally useful and not as heavy! The camera is a D70s, with autofocus, but a few years old, so there will be better spec ones out now. Debbie

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    4. yes there are but don`t change it,its the model I am upgrading too brilliant value for money see my link ( unless you already have it)
      http://www.kenrockwell.com/

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  19. Your photographs are wonderful! How patient you must be - but it is lovely to become absorbed in watching wildlife in the garden...

    Thank you.

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  20. Beautiful photo's I really love the bumble bee ones..and of course the puppy dog is a cutie also...have a wonderful week.
    devon

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  21. Really beautiful photography! Love that you can see how fuzzy the bees are in your pictures. :o)

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  22. I have so enjoyed your gorgeous photos today....they are stunning! I have hardly seen any butterflies at all this summer. It was nice to see that bunny picture....I do love rabbits....but not in the flower and vegetable gardens!
    Hope you have a bit more sun this weekend.....I have heard that the proper summer is on its way :)
    Helen x

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  23. Lovely garden shots of little winged creatures and gorgeous flowers! My favourite is that pink flower with its gossamer wings. The rabbit is so sweet, but I know not a welcome visitor in someone's vegetable patch!

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