Friday, 31 July 2015

Photo 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.

D is for?

Spotted this Dunnock dozing in the sunshine. 


The wide open spaces up on Yeadon Banks.


I love how the petals on this rose curl over as it opens up, it has the most beautiful smell too.


This is my Bee vase, love the little Bee sat on the side.

Happy, son number two got his first job.


Dark woods at Esholt


One of my many favourite weeds which aren't weeds really. 

This was on a wall down a side street.


Whether it's at the beach or a river, we have to make a pile of stones.


Windmill spinning in the wind ! but were is the wind when you need it !!


Night had to be Moths, my favourite  thing at the moment.

Whatever you want
Making Butterflies out of Hama beads.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Wildlife and churches

Some time ago I got the book called "God's Acre" which I know quite a few of you have got, and if you haven't you must. It's a book all about the flowers and animals of the parish church.

The churchyard-God's Acre- is one of the most enduring features of the English Landscape.
The 20,000 churchyards in Britain span every possible habitat from seashore and rocky coastline to grass and heathland, moor and deep wood. Over many centuries these churchyards have established themselves as unofficial nature reserves where an abundance and diversity of indigenous and naturalized wildlife flourishes undisturbed. Churchyards have provided a sanctuary for all kinds of flowering plants, shrubs and rare species of fern, mosses, lichens and fungi. These in turn support an extraordinary variety and density of animal life-gravestones insects, frogs,toads, shrews, and mice.
the shy creatures of the countryside , the owl, badgers and deer, have all found a refuge within these ancient enclosures, and despite erosive urbanization, the marbled white, adonis blue and silver studded blue butterflies still eke out a precarious existence in them.

by Francesca Greenoak 

Both me and Ragged Robin had talked about doing some posts on wildlife rich churchyards, RR has another book all about churchyards you can visit which are doing more for wildlife, some have got grants from the Lottery fund and like this church in Otley they are working with Yorkshire Wildlife trust.

Otley Parish Church.

 It is believed that the site of All Saints may have been consecrated as early as the 2nd century AD when Christianity first came to Britain. The earliest evidence of Christian worship are fragments of Anglian crosses, the oldest being dated at about 750 AD. These crosses will have been used as focal points for Christian gatherings before church buildings were erected.
The first church building on the site was Anglo Saxon but only the foundations still remain. A Norman church was built over those foundations during the 11th century, and this forms the present day chancel. It was enlarged in about 1240 by the addition of a wide nave, a north and south transept and a plain unbuttressed tower. Further additions and modifications took place during later centuries, including the magnificent stained-glass East Window in 1851.
There is still much evidence of its history, both inside and outside the church, in the form of architectural features, memorials and artefacts. (link)

The front of the church is kept neat with formal boarders, but planted with pollen rich flowers like Lavender, Sedum and Geranium.  Bees, Hoverflies were on theses and I did disturb a Grasshopper.

The trees , bushes support the birds and there was a Squirrel up in the tree, to the ivy growing over the graves support Spiders and other small wildlife. On the gravestones mosses and lichens were present.

Right in the middle of the churchyard is the most impressive Willow tree were it's branches come right down the the ground.

There are some impressive grave stones too at this church, which I would like to learn more about on another day.

The meadow is situated right at the back of the churchyard, not a big area but enough to support wildlife. This time of year it is a little over grown with grasses.

There were a few Ragwort plants and every one was were covered in Cinnabar caterpillars, the past week I must have looked at ever plant up on Yeadon Banks as the fields are full of Ragwort and not one caterpillar, this just shows how important just a few plants can be.
Peacock caterpillars, Ladybirds and Meadow browns were all found.

Dragonflies, Damselflies and it was not till I got home I noticed the Yarrow flower was covered it what might be Shieldbugs.

I was taking a photo of the Horse chestnut tree which is infested with the leaf miner moth.
The larvae of this tiny moth forms burrows within the leaf tissue, with heavy infestations resulting in leaf browning and drying and, over time, leaf death.

when I saw a Parasitic wasp, impressive with it's log tail but creepy as well.

More wild flowers were found, one of the fallen grave stones was been used by the Blackbird to break open snails, and wonderful views across Otley from both sides of the churchyard.

I was very impressed with the amount of wildlife I discovered to day, and I would imagine there is much more to be found on another visit.

The church is in the middle of been renovated ,but I managed to have a look inside at the windows, so this is for you Caroline and  David, there is so much more to discover in and around this church.

Hope you will think about having a look at a wild church over the summer , I will be interested to see what you find....

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Quietly going for a walk .....

July has not been to kind weather wise, overcast, windy and the odd day of warm sunshine, still managed to get out a bit more this week. 
But ended up with a real bag of mixed photos from Little Owls to little moths.

If you were not aware it is The Big Butterfly count , 
running from the 17th July-9th August,
so there is still plenty of time to take part if the sun comes out !
Staying close to home I have been wandering the fields on Yeadon Banks.

 Foxgloves and Common Ragwort

Young Mistle Thrush
Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)
 Antler Moth (Cerapteryx graminis)
Little Owl
The moth trap has just been out once this week due to the rain, but while it has been fine I have been just putting the light out to see what about.

Peppered Moth
Brimstone Moth
Phoenix Moth
Ghost Moth,
Hope you have enjoyed some of my photos from my quiet walks around home..

Where are you walking this week ?