Today I rescued some bee orchids (Ophrys apifera) from being mowed. I spotted these beautiful and distinctive little flowers outside work yesterday. With the brown centre that is shaped to look like a bee, they’re one of nature’s great mimics. Sadly, they’re declining in numbers. Each single flower takes the plant up to 8 years … More Orchid Rescue
drawn forth by warm sunrays tender rosebuds unfurl for old friendships rekindled and new friendships that bloom
It’s Wordless Wednesday.
I’ve finally reached day 365 of 365 Days Wild! I finished the year’s challenge to connect with nature every day, with a big hunt in the meadow. … More Bug Life
On day 364 of 365 Days Wild I watched the sunset over the field behind our house. I particularly loved the pink of the hawthorn blossom against the pink sky. It was a lovely sunset. The cattle are now back in residence. Mostly they seem to stay over the far side of the field, but … More Sunset Pinks
walk on paths of dappled
sunlight, where summer’s
pinks bloom amidst the … More Paths of Dappled Sunlight
On day 362 of 365 Days Wild I spotted some Corn Speedwell flowers in the grass outside work. … More Speedwell Array
On day 361 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time in the garden, enjoying the late afternoon light on the flowers. The Aquilegia, Alliums, and Irises are the current stars of the show. How have you connected with nature recently?
On day 360 of 365 Days Wild I went searching for wildflowers in the grass outside the play area in which I work. … More Break-time Wildflowers
On day 359 of 365 Days Wild I wandered along the local lanes, once again under cloudy skies. The cloud-cover seems to have been a constant lately. The verges are dominated by white flowers at the moment: Greater Stitchwort, White Dead-nettles, Garlic Mustard, Cow Parsley, and Dandelion seed heads. The hedgerows are filled with white … More On the Lanes
On day 358 of 365 Days Wild I wandered along newly mpown meadow paths beneath cloudy skies. The sky was sullen and overcast, and a strong, chilly wind blew, but I wandered the new paths with a sense that summer was finally growing near. Flowers have started to bloom all around the meadow, and the … More Beneath Cloudy Skies
On day 357 of 365 Days Wild I drew a bee. … More Bees in Cranesbill
On day 356 of 365 Days Wild I rescued a new from drowning. … More Bee Rescue
On day 354 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time with the young pink hawthorn bush behind our fence. … More Pink Hawthorn
On day 353 of 365 Days Wild I wandered down to the meadow to see what was in flower. My outing was brought to an end as storm clouds rolled in. … More Of Meadow Flowers and Storm Clouds
On day 352 of 365 Days Wild I went on a bug hunt in the meadow, to see what minibeast life can be found amongst the burgeoning growth. Identifications are (hopefully) in the gallery captions. Just click on the gallery to see them. have you been on any big hints recently?
vital energies of strengthening sunlight drive downpours that drench an awakened landscape in life affirming waters, droplets tumbling through thunderous air, spirits of the elements combining in passionate consummation Does anyone else see a freaky face in those clouds or is it just me? This post is for day 341 of 365 Days Wild.
On day 350 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time at the lichen covered fence, enjoying the alien landscapes to be found within their shapes. How have you been connecting with nature recently?
On day 349 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time in the garden with the newly blooming flowers.
On day 348 of 365 Days Wild it was dull and cloudy out and about on the lanes. I took very few pictures, just simply enjoyed being out and listening to birds singing in the hedgerows. … More Of Cloudy Skies and Wheat Fields
On day 347 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time with our cactus plants, several of which have recently come into flower. … More Of Spine and Bloom
fresh, electric, vital,
thrilling senses to awaken … More Spring Paths
for the bluebells celebrate their ephemeral existences upon the land of bone and creeping earthworm, drawing life from amidst death, drawing hope from amidst pain: nature’s joy surrounding cold stone On day 345 of 365 Days Wild I walked the loop of lanes around the outskirts of the village. It was cloudy, but the sun … More Celebrations of Life
which path to take
to reach the gold
found at the rainbow’s end? … More Path to the Rainbow’s End
swoop on graceful wings, dancing through sunbeams in search of joyous endings to tumultuous times This post is for day 343 of 365 Days Wild.
It was a cloudy afternoon when I wandered out on day 342 of 365 days wild. The light that seeped through cast the meadow in a moody haze. … More Moody May Meadow
take time to weep for what is gone,
for what has fallen by the wayside, grieve
each petal torn to earth by uncaring storms, … More Weep
On day 340 of 365 Days Wild I wandered out for a walk in the rain. Whilst I spotted very few other people while I was out and about, I did spot a few flies and insects that didn’t seem to mind the rain quite soo much. Have you been out for a walk in … More Out in the Rain
On Day 339 of 365 Days Wild I walked out under cloudy skies. Whilst I was out, however, the clouds briefly broke open to bless me with a short spell of blue. I was just passing by the small cherry tree, which has just come into blossom, at the time. Most of the flies and … More Of Blue Skies and Cherry Blossoms
On day 338 of 365 Days Wild I wandered out in the early evening sunshine. It might have looked like a beautiful May day, but appearances can be deceptive. The day had been characterised by chill winds and punctuated by sleet showers. It felt more like January than May. When the clouds parted, the light … More Chill May Sunlight
petals lie scattered:
a celebration of the season’s progression,
an array of confetti blessings … More Confetti Blessings
Day 336 of 365 Days Wild was cold, wet and windy, so much so that I nearly didn’t bother leaving the house. The sight of the blossom through my window was so appealing however, that I eventually did venture out a short way. I was very glad that I did. The weather might have been … More Rainy May Blossom
On day 335 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time admiring the fresh green of the new growth that is now adorning the trees in the hedgerows, the little woodland, and the meadow. I adore the vivid acid greens of Spring growth. I snapped a few views of the dandelion filled meadow while I … More Spring Green
On day 334 of 365 Days Wild I took some time to see what life I could find hiding amongst the meadow plants. … More Meadow Life
delicate petals flank pathways
into sunlit days ahead
… More Flower Lined Path
On day 332 of 365 Days Wild I went out for a walk in the rain. There were just a few raindrops falling when I left the house but, as we have had an April that has been a bit short on showers, I thought I’d make the most of it and try to get … More To Walk in April Showers
On day 331 of 365 Days Wild I noticed that the old Sansevieria plant that sits on our front windowsill is in flower. This plant is older than I am. It was the first plant that my parents bought for their first house together when they got married, over 50 years ago. It has been … More Sweet Sansevieria
On day 330 of 365 Days Wild I wandered out around the lanes and into the meadow to see what signs of the changing seasons I could find on the grass verges and in the hedgerows. The main thing that caught my eye was the crab apple blossom that is now flowering in the hedgerow … More Of Apple Blossom and Spring Flowers
On day 329 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time with the Bird Cherry trees that are growing in the corner of the meadow. I spotted the first of these trees just coming into flower the other week. The second, which spends longer in the shade of the hedge, has only just begun unfurling. … More The Beauty of Bird Cherry Blossom