Friday, 27 February 2015

Photos Scavenger Hunt

Another moth has passed and I am once again joining in the photo scavenger hunt.. 

Thanks to Greenthumb of Made with Love for organising the hunt.
List of words can be found here.

I love this project as I can get to play around with my photos...
not that I need much excuse......

Flower is Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

 One of the first spring flowers to come through adding a touch of colour.
Grape Hyacinths have been gardened for centuries. They are native to Greece and the Middle East, but have been grown in the UK since 1576 and were very familiar to the Elizabethans, but were likely gardened even in the Greek & Roman ages. An Anglo-Saxon translation of Dioscorides preserves an otherwise forgotten myth of their origin, the first grape hyacinths having sprung from spilled dragon's blood on a forested mountain peak.

Love is a card from my husband on Valentines day, and my chocolate heart  to him.

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus

"Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you."

This is the number eight found on a telegraph pole. 

According to Indian mythology, the Earth is supported on the backs of eight white elephants.

Something beautiful is a Robin singing in the garden.

The UK's favourite bird - with its bright red breast it is familiar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown. Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. They will sing at night next to street lights.

Pinks is one of my favourite colours, especially the colour of flowers.

This colour represents compassion, nurturing and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing.

I was so pleased with this photo of a Dunnock I just had to use it again.

 A small brown and grey bird. Quiet and unobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.

This road is between Swinsty reservoir and Fewston reservoir  in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire, situated on the dam wall. It's the walk we took last week. (see here).

Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve and Estate is an area of land in Montgomeryshire, Powys, Wales, surrounding the Victorian reservoir of Lake Vyrnwy. Its stone-built dam, built in the 1880s, was the first of its kind in the world. The nature reserve and the area around it are jointly managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and Severn Trent Water. It was built for the purpose of supplying Liverpool and the districts later designated as Merseyside with fresh water. It flooded the head of the Vyrnwy valley and submerged the small village of Llanwddyn. Today it is a popular retreat, for people in the West Midlands and Merseyside for days out, and also for ornithologists, cyclists, and hikers. The reserve is designated as a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, and a Special Area of Conservation. (LINK)

Our garden tap. 

Did you know that the UK has less rainfall per person than northern European neighbours,
and London is drier than Istanbul !

Another book to add to my growing collection on nature, it has the most lovely drawings and images.

On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. For the sixth edition of 1872, the short title was changed to The Origin of Species.

Son number two's heart. 

The heart of a blue whale weighs about a half a ton, 1000 lbs. It has to be large enough to pump about 15,000 pints of blood as compared to about 8 pints in a human.

My collection of nature and craft books.

Book collecting is the collecting of books, including seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever books are of interest to a given individual collector. The love of books is bibliophilia, and someone who loves to read, admire, and collect books is a bibliophile.

This is my late's scarf, and of cause it had to be covered in birds.

 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes! - YouTube

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Rodley nature reserve

Dunnock and Greenfinch

Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area.
Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised 'flyway' for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. (LINK)

This is a great place to visit and have realised I have not been here for over a year.
It is a good all round haven for wild life.

Most people don't relies it's here, well hidden in the outskirts of Leeds, of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, you enter over the iron bridge.


Looking down the river Aire both ways, the path leads you straight to the first hide.
Canada geese were grazing on the field along the river edge.

The Lagoon was a little quiet but did have the Black Swan on it, one of the birds I had come to see.

There are feeding stations and nest boxes all over the reserve.

The new viewing hides are made from metal, making them very cold to sit in , as it was the water part of the reserve was very quiet to day.

This Common Linnet was happy to sit and sing in the sun.

And a Robin was hiding in the hedge.

At the far side of the reserve, there is the wild flower meadow walk. Lining the field are hedges made up of Hazel and Hawthorn.

Male Hazel Catkins 

Female flower of the Hazel tree

It was nice to see the green bursting through..

Hawthorn new leaves

In the far field there were a few Common Gulls in the field.

Common Gull

On the way back to the visitors centre, you can see the bird box for the Kestrel , to day I was in luck as it was sitting out in the sun.


 There are bee hives on the sight and they were out to day in the sun collecting pollen from the Gorse bush.

Honey Bee

 A coffee warmed me up in the visitor centre then it was of to the Manager's Garden, here they put seed out for the birds and it's good viewing.
So if you have managed to get this far I will leave you with a collection of birds I saw here.



Female Reed Bunting 

Green Finch

Green Finch

Male Reed Bunting

Happy with the new camera so definitely going back here. 



Friday, 20 February 2015

Swinsty Reservoir Walk

Friday was a day of work for us both, we headed of to Swinsty Reservoir.

Swinsty Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire,

,Beneath the waters of the reservoir are the remains of New Hall, originally a home to the Fairfax family, whose members included Ferdinando Fairfax and the poet Edward Fairfax. Women in the nearby village of Timble were twice tried at York for witchcraft on the accusation of Edward, who suspected them of possessing his two daughters. Neighbouring Fewston Reservoir covers another Fairfax family home, Cragg Hall.

Time needs to be spent here to see the birds, the odd Blue tit and Robin can be found in the Pine woods and in the distance we heard the sound of a Woodpecker.

On the water, Mallards ,Gulls and Canada geese were hoping the many visitors would share their sandwiches.

To days outing was all about the walk in the fresh air to enjoy the view.

The only flower to be found braving the cold was Gorse.

Stairs for the water to run down

This is the run of for the water at the far end of the reservoir.

Back round at the start, 

Canada Geese 
Happy Hunting


One tiered dog