Monday, August 12, 2019

12/08/2019 A few more photos from the garden before our visitors arrive.

Maximum temperature today 21C, minimum 12C.  10 mm of very welcome rain measured this morning.  19km/h North-westerly winds with gusts up to 44 km/h. 

Gatekeeper butterfly (Pyronia tithonus).

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis Muralis).

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria).

I think this is one of the Potter wasps (or mason wasps), (Eumeninae).

A hopper unidentified in the bathroom!!! Probably a cricket but the long antennae are almost invisible. Maybe a mole cricket?

Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria). Taken from outside of the window....

and from the inside.

A bumble bee on the lavender.

Our first sunflower of the year in the garden...

With a bee and another insect, possibly a different kind of bee (?) that kept trying to bomb the first one.

Flowers from the sweetcorn plants...

and the first view of tassels on the cobs forming.  Yum yum.

A rose after the rain.

Multiple sunflowers.

And my favourite shot of the week the moon with the leaves of the cherry tree in the foreground.  Think this is my best shot ever of the moon.



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42 comments:

  1. Hi Diane - love them all ... I want to mention the little 'common wall lizard' - wonderful. All beautiful photos - but as you say the moon shines down ... and so glad they're all labelled (or near enough) - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary we have lots of lizards here, I love them. We used to have Green Lizards as well but I have not seen any this year :-( Hope all is well, have a good day Diane

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  2. Your temperature is perfect, Diane, and I am glad to hear that you got the rain you need. As always, your pictures of insects are very compelling.

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    1. Temperature perfect for you maybe but we are both wearing jerseys again!!! The rain looks like it will be around more this week, great for the garden but I just hope it clears for our visitors as sight seeing in the rain is no fun! Cheers Diane

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  3. Love these, Diane. I've been wanting sunflowers forever, but cannot get them to grow. :(

    Your photo's are always amazing! Enjoy your visitor's.

    xoxo

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    1. Sally the sunflowers that have grown are the odd few I scattered in odd beds, the main bulk I planted, not one came up!!! Thanks looking forward to seeing M & M. Take care Diane xx

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  4. Your flowers and insects are enchanting. It's a wonder that wasp doesn't fall apart with no waist.

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    1. I agree they are particularly thin but guess there must be some strong body attachment! Keep well Diane

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  5. BEAUTIFUL pics!! I love all the little critters you find to photograph. Mole Cricket?? Never heard of that, we have what we call Cave Crickets but they have a rounder body, sort like they were mated with spiders. I so dislike them. Crickets don't bother me but since spiders do and these remind me of spiders I took a flat out, right on the spot ....DISLIKE.

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    1. Crickets are not a problem though I prefer they stay out of the house! Hope you are feeling better, take care Diane

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  6. All the flowers are beautiful but I like the sunflowers best. And that shot of moon is over the top.

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    1. Gaelyn I think I need to blow that moon shot up and hang it on the wall, I am never going to get another one like that I am quite sure. Keep well Diane

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    1. Thanks Natalia, I hope it stays warm enough for the insects to be about a bit longer yet. Keep well Diane

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  8. Great photos from your garden. Love the rose after the rain and also the last one of the moon. Have a great week!

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  9. I wouldn't be getting too close to the wasp. I hear they have a nasty sting.

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    1. My husband has been stung a few times, yes not nice!! Cheers Diane

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  10. 21C how lovely Diane, add in a wee bit of rain, perfect! Beautiful series of macros. Your moon shot is really special, gorgeous 💙

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    1. I have to say I am delighted with that moon shot but it has taken me a long time to get a good one! Keep well Diane

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  11. Your favorite shot of the week is mine too! Awesome photo.

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    1. I was over the moon with that photo 😊 Keep well Diane

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  12. Love the insects. That last photo is a keeper, Diane.

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    1. Thanks Marie, I was delighted with that shot I must say. Have a good day Diane

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  13. I always find your insect photos fascinating, and love the beautiful flowers! Great moon shot also. Happy Day to you Diane :)

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    1. Thanks Denise, I love to try and please. Keep well Diane

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  14. Hi Diane, what beautiful are always yours pictures really enjoy!!
    Love sunflowers!!! xoxo

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  15. Love all your shots especially the sunflowers and the moon

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    1. Thanks Diane, I was very happy with the moon shot :-) Hope all well, t'other Diane

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  16. Lovely photos as always. I love the macro shots of the sunflowers.

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    1. Probably the best sunflower shot I have ever taken :-) St Lourdes at the moment you would love it here. Take care Diane

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  17. A great bounty of critters and flowers! Especially love the butterfly the lizard and the two-sided moth photos.

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    1. Thanks very much for the kind comment. Have a good day Diane

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  18. Awesome shots. You are a talented photographer!

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    1. Thanks for the very kind comment much appreciated. Have a good day Diane

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  19. Wonderful photography, Diane, and some very interesting subjects on view too! That cricket looks to be quite a beastie. I keep hoping that one day I'll see a Jersey Tiger.

    I hope you are having a great time. Things are improving here. Take good care. My very best wishes - - - Richard

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  20. Hope your visit is a fun and memorable one. Lots of insects in your garden today!

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  21. Beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing!

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