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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 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 24 – 30 Days Wild…

A snapshot of my semi-wild garden…

 

I woke up today to torrential rain – a huge contrast to the scorching hot days we have been experiencing over the past week. I had already planned for a day at home, but had intended to spend it in the garden.

Fortunately I have been out photographing the garden all week so I decided to base today’s act of wildness sharing a snapshot of my little sanctuary!

In one corner of the garden I have dedicated an area to wild flowers, all of which self seeded from last year. I planted out some bulbs among them this year so have gladioli and liatris growing through the love in the mist, borage and candy tuft along with a potted Yucca.

One thing I have loved is being creative with my small garden, utilising as many different containers and pots as I can…my favourite has definitely been the caged violas – I love to see their tiny faces peeking through the bars!

This year my focus has been on learning how to grow fruit and veg in containers and so far I have successfully grown strawberries in a hanging basket and raspberries, french beans and courgettes in containers…

In addition to the usual bumblebees and birds this week I have also noted a honey bee taking shelter on the lily leaves and a hover fly drinking nectar from a wildflower growing in between the patio slabs…

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Day 23 – 30 Days Wild…

Leaf Patterns…

 

On a walk home from work I was drawn to these leaves laying in the undergrowth. It is obvious that they are suffering some kind of disease but I couldn’t help but notice that they looked as though they had been tie-dyed! Even in the face of something so negative, isn’t nature wonderful!!

On my walk I also found these oak leaves and early Horse Chestnuts on the ground…not the most exciting of wild days but it got me noticing more than just what was at eye level!!

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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 19 – 30 Days Wild…

An aromatic walk with the roses…

 

 

After a busy weekend and day at work I met up for a walk in the park with a good friend. It wasn’t a very ‘wild’ walk but we were able to appreciate the wildlife busying around us…blackbirds foraging in the undergrowth and pigeons flying through the trees, bees buzzing around the park flowers and butterflies dancing in the sun.

I only had my mobile phone with me and the camera on it really does not do justice to the floral display in the Rose Garden…the roses filled the air with a mixture of fragrances.

 

 

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Day 18 – 30 Days Wild…

Beach Portraits…

 

 

 

‘A picture is worth a thousand words…’

A scorching hot day at the beach. Sand, Sea, Shadows, Reflections, Paddling in the sea, BBQ with family, Coastguard fly by, Drawing in the sand, Hearts, Love…PRICELESS!!!

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Day 14 – 30 Days Wild…

Watching Me, Watching You…

 

 

 

Since I began posting for 30 days wild my regular walks to work have become a lot more interesting. I still take the same route through the park gardens but I have a new heightened awareness of what is around me.

Unfortunately I did not have a camera with me to document my journey in pictures (N.B. that’s an idea for another day!!) so the image attached to this post was actually taken this evening as I watched the garden birds ‘sharing’ the feeders. I have a background in animal behaviour and I have always wondered while watching animals who exactly is observing who and this example summed up my day of ‘observations’.

My observations began while walking down the hill towards the park, I was suddenly aware of a rustling across the road and out popped a squirrel from an overgrown driveway. It started galloping along the footpath parallel to me and then crossed the road, both of us arriving at the gateway to the gardens at the same time. It seemed really wary so I took a few steps backwards to allow some space for it to pass and it paused to give me a little look (I’d like to think it was thanking me…) and then clambered down the steps and disappeared into a garden.

From the moment I walked down the steps I started to become aware of all the sights and sounds before me, and despite initially thinking the park was empty it was actually breathing with life…wild-life!!

On the way through I saw four squirrels (foraging and scurrying around tree trunks), a family of wood pigeons, three Mr Blackbirds and two Mrs Blackbirds (separately scuffing around in the undergrowth of trees) , eleven feral pigeons (feasting in the distance on some food a passerby left for them), a jay (flying from tree to tree), three magpies, two crows, several gulls swooping overhead (always optimistic), a common blue butterfly, two smaller unknown butterflies dancing and spiraling beneath a tree.

I also noticed the shapes of all the leaves in the trees, the different shades of green and silver, the smell of the elder flowers, the smell of cut grass, the long grasses swaying in the breeze in a wild area and the amazing sounds of park life!!

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