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Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Almost the last buddleia in full flower, almost the last butterfly of the year. The underwings of red admirals are such a pretty sight.

 

September 22, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Buddleia and Butterfly

Butterfly and Buddleia

Walking along Nun’s Walk, high above River Tweed, the buddleias that have been bare all summer, and were bare all last summer until September, are now swarrming with butterflies, their shadows darting over the pathway as I walk past and send them flying up. But this one I caught sipping the nectar with its wings outstretched.

August 2, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Bed of Wild Flowers

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Some time back, in late spring, I bought a kind of thin tissuey roll, which was apparently embedded with wild flower seeds. We decided to use a raised bed in the vegetable garden for wild flowers, as we wanted to encourage bees and other insects. The roll was opened out and laid on the bed and thinly sprinkled with earth.  Nothing much happened, except a lot of grass seed from droppings from the bird table.  I thought what a waste of time. Another small packed of flower seed was bought and sprinkled.  Again nothing.  In desperation a packet of wild flower seed from Homebase was produced and this was added to the mix. Still nothing.  A friend who came a month or so ago, after seeing the rest of the verdant and blooming garden, said to me: “Your bit needs some attention,” as she thought it was just a few weeds in what should be a pristine bed.  Then suddenly, overnight it seemed, there were flowers. Plenty of them.  And bees and butteflies and numerous smaller insects. Even a corn cockle, very beautiful, apparently poisonous, which I didn’t photograph until it was on the way out. When I have finished the paintings  I am working on at the moment, for exhibition, I will hover about the wildflower patch with the hover flies and try and capture some insects enjoying the poppies et al. Meanwhile I will collect some poppy seeds, and look out for somewhere I can buy some corn cockles to cultivate for next year.

 

July 30, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Butterfly, Stones, Cherry Blossom Petals

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April 29, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Young Blackbird in the Garden

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I may be wrong, but I don’t think this bird is very old, it has that fat fluffiness about it still.  The blackbirds more or less disappeared until we started throwing out apple cores round the bird table, and now suddenly the garden is full of them. I suspect a nest in the one of the big hedges. They chitter and complain when we appear suddenly, but are almost the tamest of birds; if you leave a door open they are inclined to hop in. I notice that now it is sunny and we are out pottering about in the garden the birds are more inclined to ignore us.  The dried mealworms are a big draw, as well as the apple cores. We have planted some wild flower mats under the bird table, since there is a spare raised bed (the original site was a Flodden graveyard, hence the raising of the beds), as it is no good planting broad beans -they are amazing, then suddenly get a kind of black wilt.  So now looking out of the studio I can see the birds, and soon hopefully a mass of wild flowers as well.  This year something to be cheerful about: there are far more bees around, and today I saw a butterfly. Perhaps the planting the fields of phacelia, aka “Bees’ Friend”, in great mauve swathes last year has been having an effect.

 

April 15, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Running Hare: All That Was

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A hare painting for an exhibition entitled “Running With The Hare” at Harestanes Country Visitor Centre, painted two months ago but just finished now as it needs to be sent off to be framed. The mixed exhibition will be on from April 1st until May 26th, and will include painting, prints, sculpture, drawings, photography, 17th Dutch and new tiles, and textiles.

March 9, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

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