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Day 30 – 30 Days Wild…

Wild Membership…

 

It’s the final day of #30DaysWild and to celebrate I have become a member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and my membership pack arrived this morning!!

When I began this journey I had so many ideas for Random Acts of Wildness but I just don’t feel as though I have been as Random and Wild as I could have been and many of my posts have been around the wildlife in my garden. So this membership is the start of me getting out there and exploring this wonderful county I live in.

30 Days Wild has reignited my passion for nature and wildlife photography and although I won’t be posting everyday, I intend on continuing my daily acts of wildness…it’s become second nature now and its amazing how much more observant of the natural world I have become!!

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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 27 – 30 Days Wild…

Walking a different path…

Today I took a slightly different path home which gave me a different view of the familiar park I have walked every weekday for the past 6 months. It made me realise how stuck I have become with the same routine for so long.

In life, change is often mentally so difficult to adapt to but today just crossing the grass and walking through the small wooded pathway was so invigorating. It forced me to see things in a different light and made me realise how important small changes are for the mind, body and soul.

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Day 26 – 30 Days Wild…

Creative Shadows…

A reflection of your heart was born in 2011 while studying for A Level photography. It was during this time that I began looking at shadows and finding creative ways to use them in my photos.

While out in the garden today I became transfixed with the shadows dancing on the wall of the house, the bees flying by, the flowers and foliage waving in the wind and the stillness of my own shadow as I stood there taking it all in.

Using a method I tried back in 2011 I created this 30 Days Wild mural using natural light, framed by the wildness of the borage plant…

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Day 25 – 30 Days Wild…

Love in the mist…

I personally find there is nothing to hate and everything to love about this plant which is why I have chosen to photograph and write about it for my random act of wildness today.

When this plant was introduced to my garden from a pack of wild flower seeds I was amazed at how diverse a plant could truly be. I was convinced that the flowers were on plant stems rooted individually. However on closer inspection they were all flowering from the same plant, all these beautiful colours, tones and shapes all on one plant. Even the flowers that appear to be identical, on closer inspection have different center pieces!!

I’m so pleased this plant self-seeded, it is a very welcome addition to our garden providing months of colour and a mass of fine, feathery green foliage filling the gaps between plants. After the flowers have dropped an intriguing seed pod is left behind which are just as lovely dried.

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Day 22 – 30 Days Wild…

Bee Drinking Station…

 

 

Since I first learned about 30 Days Wild and joined the ’30 Days Wild’ Facebook group back in April I have learnt so much from the other 11,000 members and am discovering new ways to adapt my garden to make it more wildlife friendly!

So for today’s random act of wildness I was inspired to make this watering station for bees and it was so simple to make! I had the dish laying around the garden and a bag of pebbles that were saved from balloon weights at a party. I added some water and a few flowers to draw the bees attention to the dish.

It is important to provide bees with a source of water where they can safely drink without drowning and the peddles provide stepping stones for them to rest without risk. Now I am just hoping to catch a glimpse of the bees using it!!

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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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