Breached. Those walls built once-upon-a-time and long ago no longer serve. The heart contained within, regardless, broke and breaks anew each day. Let them fall – bulwarks overcome, outgrown, torn down stone by stone. The tides of heartache ebb and flow; their patterns, unpredictable. Collect the heart’s remains; that prize, once-hoarded. Pluck each broken […]
Ever see a bug’s antenna up close? Now’s your chance!
Day 15 – Saturday 15th June A day in the Rochdale borough starting at the Peregrine Falcons on Rochdale Town Hall, 2 adults and 3 juveniles, the Rochdale Field Naturalists were hosting an event creating plenty interest. At Watergrove Reservoir a Greylag Goose looked at home in this spectacular setting in the heavy drizzle! On […]
A group of 10 keen TT birders met up at Brockholes at 10:30, relieved to find that no waterproofs were needed- and that the sun looked likely to make a very welcome appearance from time to time throughout the day. Even a few Common Blue butterflies ventured out to show themselves in the wonderful wildflower […]
Our beautiful spring gave way to a hot summer about a month ago. It follows the same pattern every year, but this year the hot seems hotter because the spring weather came so close to perfect. Our photography slowed down a bit, less because of the weather and more because the house required some attention. […]
(reprinted from the Seattle-based publication “Grist”; source of information: The 4th Climate Change Assessment – refer to: https://www.globalchange.gov/nca4 ) We need to know what’s happening, so we can be prepared. I’m not saying it’s time to start prepping your bunker, but I would like to know if my neighborhood should consider moving to higher ground […]
On June 21, I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada doing frog surveys. We were able to find 22 Northern Leopard Frogs and 2 Boreal Chorus Frogs! I attended the event with my mom and two of my siblings, and we had a blast! Besides the frogs, […]
POND Pond. Waiting. Sultry summer stillness, Pollen-soft and earthy Smelling green. Water boatmen. Scampering With surface tension precision. Moorhen clumsily mimicking Tripping, Feet flipped back And one, two, three Splash. An undignified flop. Plop. A frog tsumami-slips From basking bed And re-appears Primeval head Lizard-like. Acute, robotic moves With predator-prey sharpness. Heron. Hunched old man […]
WWT Slimbridge The LITTLE BUSTARD remained hidden in the long grass on the Dumbles today in poor weather conditions until 3pm when it was refound. It was present until 6:15pm at least. Patience and a scope are recommended. Also a pair of Curlews with four juveniles on the Dumbles and an eclipse drake Garganey […]
A warm, cloudy and very humid day, +23° C. Been to Ashtead. Plenty of fresh Marbled Whites (Melanargia galathea) there: Myolepta dubia hoverfly:
A survey of the park’s butterflies and Odonata.
I had hoped to get out and about looking for new dragonflies this summer and for that matter there were plans to track down a couple of butterflies as well. As happens other things crop up or the weather decides to go awol. A couple of Sundays ago (father’s day) we visited the RSPB reserve […]
Tanis is not long for the Starbolts if he keeps acting the way he does. Chances are he isn’t going to live long enough to see Sara and Firaxil’s wedding. That isn’t a spoiler. I’m not going to kill him off. But, let’s just say that reality will be different than the fantasy playing out […]