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Day 29 – 30 days Wild…

Cloudscapes…

 

After the rain cleared and I returned home from work I decided to take a few moments in the garden.

I try to see life from different points of view and am pretty much a glass half full kinda person.

Today instead of sitting in my usual chair I opted to lay down on the patio and take in the view above me…

…the clouds were the purest of white scattered across the deep blue canvas of the sky. It was so peaceful laying there listening to the sparrows chattering away in the neighbouring trees. We spend so much time in society these days looking down, staring at screens and the office walls that we forget to simply look up and see what is around us!!

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Day 21 – 30 Days Wild…

Bees and Borage…

 

I was introduced to borage for the first time last year when I decided to grow a wild flower patch and used a wild seed sprinkle box from the garden centre…it was exciting waiting to see what would grow. This year borage has returned…everywhere haha!

I love the word ‘Borage’ and always refer to the plant as Borage in the same way that you would refer to a person by name, rather than just a plant. It gives it character…and with it self-seeding its way back into our garden…filling all the gaps in the patio (promptly removed!!) as well as providing us with this beast of a plant it packs quite an attitude!

The star-shaped blue five petaled flowers provide the garden with colour and attracts a lot of bees!! I’ve been getting a closer look at the bees today and think I have identified this one correctly as a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus Terrestris). It’s crazy how many different species of Bee we have in the UK and I am pleased we are able to offer a supermarket of pollinator plants for them in our wild patch!

Just watching this guy going about his work, I never really noticed how their bodies change shape before…

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Day 5 – 30 Days Wild…

Safely Home…

 

 

 

After a busy day I took a late evening stroll through the park. It was so peaceful, hardly any people were around and just the sound of bird song could be heard coming from the trees over head. As I knelt down by the pond to photograph the ducks I had a sudden awareness that I was being watched.

As I looked up from my camera I was surprised to find I was not alone at the waters edge…I was surrounded by pigeons! I assume as I knelt down they spotted me and thought I was there to feed them!!

I spent a few minutes watching the ducks preen themselves in the low evening sun and then walked around the pond. I was alerted to the sound of loud moor hen calls and at that moment I spotted a family of 6 chicks being herded back to their nest by the parents. One of the parents was calling loudly and circling the chicks ensuring that they were all following until one by one they were all safely back ‘home’…

 

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Day 4 – 30 Days Wild…

A walk in the woods…

Walking through the woods this evening with my partner we spotted some foxes trotting along a pathway before slipping quietly into the undergrowth. This one seemed a lot less shy and after every few steps it stopped to watch us for a while before continuing on its journey.

We felt quite privileged to be sharing this precious moment with such a beautiful animal in this peaceful setting. It was really uplifting for the mind!!

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Day 3 – 30 Days Wild…

Woodies…

 

 

 

Ever since I worked for a wildlife rescue centre in 2008 and had the privilege of hand rearing a variety of birds I have held a soft spot for the Wood Pigeon. Not the most attractive baby birds, the young woody is pretty much a ball of air with a beak and legs!

Since I started feeding the sparrows in my garden last summer we have attracted a rather handsome Woody. In January he introduced a female to his stomping ground and the two have been frequenting the garden ever since. I have been watching them from the safety of the kitchen window as they are quite timid and fly off at the slightest movement, but yesterday I made progress and was able to walk out quietly and sit and watch him. Today I sat out in the garden with my camera on the off chance of getting a few photos and this is the result!! Mr Woody happily hopped up on top of the containers and posed for a few photos before scoffing a load of seed from the table!

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Day 2 – 30 Days Wild…

Swaying in the wind…

 

 

 

 

I spent some time today watching the dandelions swaying in a gentle breeze…they seem so free and calm…feelings that often get lost in this busy modern life.

Watching these flowers reminded me amusingly of when I was a child and being told that if you pick a dandelion you would wet the bed…

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Day 1 – 30 Days Wild…

Silhouettes of nature…

 

I learnt a new word today ‘Komorebi’ (木漏れ日) …this is the word the Japanese have for when sunlight filters through the trees – the interplay between the light and the leaves. While I was out walking today I couldn’t help but look up away from the ground and admire the beauty around me. As the sunshine filtered through the trees I was transfixed by the way the detail of the leaves were enhanced casting silhouettes of anything that landed on their upper side.