Thursday, 30 April 2015

Photos Scavenger Hunt

This is one project I really enjoy doing, I don't need much encouragement to get out there with my camera.
 The list of word helps to look for things I might not have photographed.
Have a look over at Greenthumb and see what other people have snapped.  

Thanks to Greenthumb of Made with Love for organising the hunt.

I have bought a glass ball to take photos through, not had much practice but

 have learned it burns you had instantly in the sun like a magnifying glass 

(......with the upper part where the lower part should be; in an inverted position.....)

We have had some wonderful sky's full of cloud's this month.

(...a visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the general level of the ground......)

These are the metal ends of a old wooden bench we used to have.

(.....a separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs.....)

Well he's sweet some of the time !

(.....pleasing in general; delightful.....)

Bluebells growing in the church yard.

.....(of a living thing) undergo natural development by increasing in size and changing physically.....)

Sea glass collected from the beach.

(....a hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda and lime and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other articles....)

Crochet  blanket on bed still needed for these cold nights.

(...a room for sleeping in..)

Rain on the window, the sun was shining as well as hailstone !

(...the condensed moisture of the atmosphere falling visibly in separate drops....)

Blackbird egg shells I think, found at the park.

(.... oval or round object laid by a female bird, reptile, fish, or invertebrate, usually containing a developing embryo. 

The eggs of birds are enclosed in a chalky shell, while those of reptiles are in a leathery membrane.....)

It's been fresh weather this week, well actually bl***y  cold. gloves and scarf back out.

(......(of the weather) cool, fresh, and invigorating...)

Old man's feet.

( run off one's feet be rushed off one's feet ....)

Clear nights and a lovely moon.

(....Of any number or kind; any...)

Monday, 27 April 2015

First Bee-fly and a roundabout full of Cowslips

Sundays trip out was to the roundabout at Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Roundabouts and verges along Burley-in-Wharfedale’s bypass have become unlikely nature havens with the help of local wildlife enthusiasts.

Grassland wildflower seed mix was sown on the green spaces when the bypass was built, but a regular grass-cutting regime by Bradford Council did not give the flowers the chance to set seed.

Burley Village Wildlife Group held talks with the Council about a change in the grass cutting regime, which encouraged wild plants to flourish while ensuring road safety was not compromised.

Five years down the road, the roundabouts and verges now boast wildflowers such as daffodils, buttercups, ox-eye daisies, knapweed, wild carrot and scabious.

Local naturalists say this in turn supports a variety of insects, including species in decline such as bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths.

The project impressed a passing Yorkshire Dales Road Verge Project conservation officer, who said he was “bowled over” by the array of wildflowers, on one of the most flower-rich verges he had seen in the region. (Taken from the Ilkley Gazette 2011)

I had gone to see the Cowslips growing on the verges.

They looked stunning in the sun and it was so nice to see so many, over the years they are starting to spread further away from were they were planted.
While I was bent down amongst the flowers , I could see Bumble Bees and Hover flies buzzing around.

Then this chap came along...a Bee-Fly  Bombyliidae

Straight away I new what it was as I had seen so many on other peoples blogs, and was getting a little jealous that I had not seen one.


because we take  (or try) photos of insects close up I had not realised from other peoples photographs they were so small, I had visions they were the size of your small finger, but they are the size of a child's little finger nail.

In all the excitement it was hard to get a good photo before it moved of, I kept on loosing it in the grass as it tried to get warm in the sun and I did not want to crush any of the flowers as well.

On this photo you can make out its long proboscis. Now I have seen one , I know what to look for and hope to see another...

On my wonder round I managed to see more Chiffcaff's to day..

 as well as the odd sheep.

This reminded me of a teenager who just could not be bothered to get up to feed !

And this was the other teenager having a bad hair day.

The Cowslips were growing on the main roundabouts in the by-pass, 
can you see the Westie  enjoying his ride out.

If the traffic is not to bad you can cross over in to a small wood that follows the river Wharfe then opens up into fields, we get Sand martins using the bankings, not to day but did see some House Martins 

Wild flowers are starting to come through in the wood. 

Then on to the river.

 It's another beautiful spot to go to in my area.

Happy Hunting

Amanda xxx

Just one more sheep photo :)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Cute , cuddle and one stray chicken...

The sunshine called for a trip out with the camera on Saturday, even though there was a chill in the air and winter coat still had to be worn.Took the short drive down to Chevin park and had a wonder round the grounds of the old Asylum now a housing estate. On the pond in the shadows of the reeds was a baby Moorhen, so cute was it's little wings sticking out while it was having a clean.

Chaffinch and Chiffchaff's were singing away, sadly no Bullfinch, there numbers have fallen once they started changing the estate. Top field still nothing much to be fond, but did watch a great tit gathering sheep wool of the Hawthorn trees to line it's nest.

There just happen to be some sheep in the field !
asking for their photo to be taken.....

White wild flowers that totally confuse me every year.

Sunday was a little over cast, but another trip was on the cards as hubby had told me about some Alpacas in a field down in Otley...
taking my life into my hand I managed to get some photos, I now want one to go with my sheep !

They are soooo cute...

While out perches of wild seeds were bought and how could I resist some sheep socks.

Happy hunting

Amanda xxx