caralockhartsmith

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Mustard Garlic and Orange Tip Butterfly

butterfly 1

This little butterfly has the most beautiful underwings, like someone in a plain dress with exquisite petticoats. I looked up the colouring, and found out that this is a female orange tip – which doesn’t have an orange tip, apparently. By total chance, a friend called in today and was talking (out of the blue) about consulting a gardener about a plant in her garden that she thought was a weed ; and she was told that orange tips lay their eggs on the underleaf of this plant. When I described it we agreed it must be mustard garlic that was growing in her garden. So in one day I have found out the name of a plant, identified a butterfly, and been told something about its life cycle.

May 13, 2019 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blossom Reflected

reflected blossom

 

May 31, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Green 2

Green ii

May 30, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thistledown Clock

Thistledown Clock

 

May 25, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Patch of Sunlight 1

 

Patch of Sunlight 1

Last time I went out with my camera it was snowing, could see this by looking back at the card… The Midnight Hare has taken up my energy, but now it is at the printers, I can do no more. Yesterday I started taking photographs, and right away small images tugged at my mind. It was mostly the May sunlight on grass beside the pathway down to the River Leet, and on the water itself.

May 25, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chestnut Leaves

leaves

May 24, 2017 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dandelion Clock 2

dandelion2

May 23, 2017 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Blackbird on a Brick

blackbirdonbrick

May 21, 2017 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Little Nest

littlenest

Out walking for a couple of days I saw this upside down on the pavement, couldn’t work out what it was, looked like some demented piece of sowing, but when today I picked it up and turned it over, I realised it was a little nest, all intertwined with bits of coloured thread and twigs and leaves.  No shells on the ground, just this pretty object, made with such clever use of what was to hand – what was to beak, rather.

May 19, 2017 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Odd Flower – Anyone Recognise This?

This strange plant suddenly appeared in the shrubbery. It comes straight out of the ground, long stem, no foliage at all, about three foot tall; and we don’t have a clue what it is. Can anyone enlighten us?

May 19, 2017 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

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