Monday, May 18, 2020

18/05/2020 Yesterday's walk 7 km.

Maximum temperature here today 22⁰C, minimum 9⁰C.  Dry.   13km/h North-Easterly cool wind with gusts up to 31 km/h. 

I apologise for the slow posting of the 'photodiary' but we just appear to be extra busy with the garden, exercise, and cooking, we seem to keep running out of time!  
So nice to be able to walk further than 1 km radius from home.

I saw 5 Common buzzards (Buteo buteo) playing in the sky within a few yards of leaving home. Presumably, the pair had successfully managed to bring up 3 youngsters, quite a feat. I could only manage 3  birds together at one time in a frame.

As above.

Green-veined white (Pieris napi).

Hoverfly,  I think it is  (Episyrphus balteatus).

Hoverfly possibly (Syrphus ribesii).

Flag Iris seen in a small stream that I crossed.

Part of the track I walked.

Haybales under cover in the barn and plastic wrapped....

More haybales at the same farm.  This must be last years hay as too early to cut for this year.  Not sure why there is still so much here at this stage.

Woodpile, ready I presume for winter later in the year.

An old well.

The winding track.

This tree is covered in ivy, but it looks like someone has cut the ivy down low and it has died off so I hope the tree fully recovers.

Across the fields.

Through the woods.

Damselfly, Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) male. Thanks Richard.

As above.  It would not keep still for long or let me close!!

Fritillary butterfly but I am not sure which one.

Derelict.


Our local list of wild flowers

See also my



25 comments:

  1. It must make you dizzy with excitement to have the freedom to walk at will restored, Diane, and I am sure you were delighted to get out and hoof it for 7km, a splendid accomplishment I might add. The photographs of the Buzzards are fabulous and it must have given you great pleasure to be able to watch their antics. I bet you will be walking along this path again. Take care and buy cheese!

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    1. David it is just wonderful to be able to walk out and around without measuring the radius from home and also not to have to carry a permit and ID with home address . Loved watching those Buzzards. Cheers Diane

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  2. Hi Diane - beautiful countryside ... with lots of interesting features ... love seeing them - take care and enjoy those longer walks - Hilary

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    1. Hilary the longer walks are a pleasure. Problem is I am taking too many photos and cannot keep up with myself!! Stay safe Diane

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  3. Great pics, Diane! Love the last one, I bet there are a lot of stories there! We're still in lock-down and now our governor is thinking about 150 days, unthinkable! And it has been raining here for days, flooding and no walking...

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    1. If only many of the walls in France cold talk, some are just so old. Our house is relatively young at only just over 200 years old. Keep safe Diane

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  4. An impressive walk, Diane, with an equally impressive selection of photos from it too. Your glorious damselfly images are of Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), the males (as shown in your photo) have the blue in the wings extending to the wing-tips. C. splendens has a broad band of blue across the wings (hence the common name) which stops well short of the wing-tips. I think that your fritillary might be a male Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma), but I'm not sure - they don't occur in UK!

    My best wishes to you both. Take great care and stay safe - - - Richard

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    1. Thanks Richard for the comment and the ID, always appreciated, I am not very good with insects of any kind. I took some more photos of damsels which I am not sure of yesterday. As soon as I get around to downloading I will be asking you once again.
      I hope that all is well, take care and keep well, Diane

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  5. Wonderful snapshots, Diane! Wow! Three eagles in the same frame! It looks amazing! You know I always love the microcosmos of your photos (butterflies, bees, etc), but this time I LOVE also your photos from the fields and woods. I am so glad to see you go for long walks again. Hugs, my dear friend.

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    1. Thanks Mia for the kind comment, much appreciated. Take care Diane.

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  6. That is a great area for a wander! The insects are always a highlight of your photos, Diane.

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    1. There are some lovely walks nearby and I do not see a soul. Hope you are well, Diane

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  7. Lovely variety Diane, superb photos :)

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    1. Thanks Denise, hope all is well in your part of the world. Diane

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  8. You have nice lovely walking path and beautiful landscapes to enjoy. Plus you get to see all the beautiful flowers and insects. Love the close up snapshots of the birds in flight and insects.

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    1. I am lucky to have such a beautiful are to walk in. Hope you are well Diane

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  9. So many beautiful places to walk!

    You guys are really busy, and make me feel like a slug. :)

    xoxo

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    1. Haha you are no slug. Hope that all is well over there, take care Diane xx

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  10. Such great photos--I feel like taking a walk with my camera now.

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    1. I am so enjoying being able to get out and about. Take care Diane

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  11. Another group of great shots.

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  12. What a lovely walk Diane, so nice after the restricted distance previously. Your photos are always such a pleasure to see, loved the wildflower link. Looks like the buzzards were having so much fun up there 😊 Sounds like you are really busy, don't forget to have a breather now and then ✨

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    1. Grace it is just so nice to be able to walk where I like without the constant worry of time and mileage, or being stopped by the police. Time just seems to be getting shorter everyday and I cannot fit everything I want into it !!
      Keep well and take care, Diane

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  13. Wow that was strict not being allowed to walk further than 1 k. But I guess it was necessary with so many infections. We have been lucky or well managed. Things are slowly getting back to normal but a lot of unrest with how its being done. Love all your photos. Quite a variety of scenery and wild life. keep well.

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