WILD AND FREE

corona times

Wild and free as we would like to be – just now! This post features more wild flowers and insects, in and around my garden, where I search for inspiration to create interesting images, while I’m staying at home.

There are reports of people getting complacent and stealing out and about where they should not go, and I completely understand them. The longer we are restricted, the harder it is. But wandering around the garden with my camera is very absorbing and I have enjoyed being more observant about the little things that appear around my home.

DSC_2777 cuckoo flower

These delightful white flowers are actually very small and they are called cuckoo flowers.

DSC_2779 cuckoo flower

 

DSC_2780 cuckoo flower

 

DSC_2788 cuckoo flower

 

DSC_2783 speedwell

Known as speedwell apparently, these very small blue ones, but when I was a child we called them sore eyes, for some reason. I may have been misinformed. There is another little white flower called eyebright. Perhaps it was confused with that one.

DSC_2784 speedwell

 

DSC_2787 speedwell

 

DSC_2791 primroses

Primroses, above

 

DSC_2802 dragon fly

There is at least a few varieties of dragon fly in my garden. This is the first I’ve seen this year. It’s a very skinny fellow, blue and black. I love the large all blues, but I haven’t seen any yet this year. I find it very difficult to capture them – they don’t like you to get too close, and my lens is not particularly suitable for this type of photography.

DSC_2803 dragon fly

Mid flight, above.

DSC_2807 butterfly on appleblossom

A lovely speckled wood butterfly on the apple blossom.

DSC_2808 butterfly on apple blossom

 

DSC_2817 dandelion seed head

Dandelion seed heads.

DSC_2824 dandelion seed head

In my youth we used to blow the seeds off these, saying – he loves me – he loves me not -he loves me….. whatever happens on the last blow would be the truth. I don’t think we ever believed it and certainly not if it turned up a negative final statement! We had fun that cost nothing, and didn’t require any digital technology – there wasn’t any!

DSC_2765 dandelion seed head

 

DSC_2821 buttercup

Buttercups, of course, and with a fly below.

DSC_2762 buttercup

 

DSC_2819 buttercups

 

DSC_2829 thistle flower

Red clover.

DSC_2828 thistle flower

 

DSC_2831 thistle flower

 

DSC_2825 ribwort plantain with insect

Ribwort plantain, above and below. It has a brown insect on it in these photos.

DSC_2827 ribwort plantain with insect

 

DSC_2834 dandelions

Ragged dandelions, just for the variety. I’ll have to get better images of these next time.

One thought that often occurs to me is that for the first time in my living memory, there are people all over the world now who are living the same restricted lifestyle, coping with the same difficulties that come with those restrictions, listening to the same WHO reports and advice and extending themselves in terms of creativity and development in ways that otherwise may never have happened. In the most unexpected way we have a common uniting force, we are communicating more than we did before Covid-19 arrived, albeit digitally. We can understand the issues affecting others in far away countries from ourselves, in a much more empathetic way than ever before, I think.

DO STAY SAFE!

4 thoughts on “WILD AND FREE

  1. These are unbelievably good, I don’t know how you get such clear images. The flowers look so clean and fresh. Even though this worldwide virus is terrible I can’t help feeling what good it’s doing to the world. My only worry is that people won’t learn from it and go back to their old ways because if they do I think things will become much worse. Life is full of lessons and meant to teach us something.

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    • I’m really glad you find the images clear Elaine, because I wasn’t 100% happy with them myself. I haven’t got a macro lens so that limits the quality of some of those close up shots a bit.
      Perhaps some people will go back to their old ways, but hopefully many will learn useful tools and strategies for survival and even life enhancement. We will see….

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