Saturday, 24 May 2014

Brankley pastures in the rain

Today we decided to visit Brankley Pastures a Staffordshire Wildlife Trust reserve to take a look at the new wild flower meadow, it was spectacular even in the rain.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

common blue damselfly

My first for this year and another indication of summer approaching - the lane today had several dancing common blue damselflies along the cow parsley laden verges.

and another sign of summer - the foxgloves are flowering too

Monday, 5 May 2014

Cowslips at Brown End Quarry

Cowslips are one of my favourite spring flowers from my childhood.
I was delighted to see so many at  Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's Brown End Quarry today - just a shame there wasn't much sunshine!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Peacock butterfly eggs

Today I photographed these peacock butterfly eggs!

 - a good spot you might think as they were on the underside of a stinging nettle or common nettle leaf, and you would have been right in thinking so if it hadn't been for the fact that yesterday I watched the peacock butterfly as she was in the process of laying them - So I knew exactly where to look for them today!

I didn't watch her for long and hopefully kept a respectful distance, at least 6 feet away, even when photographing her,  as some moments deserve to remain private, I would hate to be going about my daily routines with a monster poking a great big camera lens in my face all the time!!!