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
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 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
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 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 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
On day 327 of 365 Days Wild I walked down to the dandelion filled nature project.
find me there among the
flowers, where the bees
and the butterflies dwell … More Among the Flowers
On day 324 of 365 Days Wild I wandered down to the village nature project to see what I could see. … More April Nature Walk
On day 323 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time sitting amongst and drawing the bluebells in the little patch of woodland beside the meadow. … More In Amongst the Bluebells
On day 322 of 365 Days Wild I spent some time wandering barefoot along the meadow paths. … More Earthed
Day 321 of 365 Days Wild was spent down by the pond, enjoying the warm spring sunlight as it shone upon the water. … More Light on the Water
On day 317 of 365 Days Wild I wandered out in the early evening for my daily walk down to the meadow and pond. … More In the Golden Evening
On day 315 of 365 Days Wild I wandered along the hedgerows that line the village lanes in search of bees and insects. … More Hedgerow Life