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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Tonight I went back to Brockadale with the 24mm f/2.8 PC-E lens to reshoot the cowslip image that I did a dew days ago but most of these little yellow flowers were beginning to go over so, I turned my attentions to other plants. As the sunlight began to fade I shot a few images […]

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Last day of the school hols so, after dropping off some wedding work to a client, I went for a walk with the family around Hade Edge to see if the green hairstreaks were on the wing yet. I figured all this hot weather may have got them flying and I wasn’t wrong – although […]

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Met up with Ian at Askham Bog YWT reserve today to have a go at some butterflies. I visited this reserve yesterday but it was just so warm that the butterflies just kept on flying! Today however, was a bit cooler and we managed the target species of brimstone and orange tips both of which […]

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Another garden safari. This time I was hunting butterflies and I have to say I can’t remember a spring when there were so many butterflies on the wing! This hot weather is certainly benefiting the insects as well as the spring migrant birds. Long may it continue. In the garden this morning was speckled wood, […]

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Yet another fine April morning so a quick stroll round the garden to see what insects were basking in the warm spring sunshine and it wasn’t long before I came across a new species for the garden. This solitary wasp was sunning itself on a hawthorn leaf and looking quite colourful with his yellow abdomen […]

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Good Friday and its been blisteringly warm again, so I decided to nip to Brockodale this evening to see if the early purple orchids were out yet. Here and there amongst the short cropped grass was a splash of purple just breaking through into the evening sunlight but the show stopper was the absolute carpet […]

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The warm sunny April sunshine continued today as Ian and I arrived at Marshide to photograph avocets and black-tailed godwits. Althought the light was hazy, it was still too bright to shoot anything before mid-afternoon, so we headed off to nearby Martin Mere, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve to try for some images of […]

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Ok, so I was another year older today and to comiserate celebrate I headed off to the Dales with the family for lunch at The Angel pub, Hetton. Before we hit the food, we had a short walk around Janet’s Foss near Malham and it was nice to see so many wild flowers blooming in […]

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