I heard recently of a number of Covid-19 cases in this area, within a couple of kilometers of my home. Mostly they are kept hush, hush, until it eventually leaks out. It really is uncomfortably close. An employee of the shop that delivers my groceries was infected. That’s very close! Best not to dwell on it, but it’s a fact to be aware of.
I’m still continuing with exploring around the garden for subjects to photograph, in the absence of opportunities to go out and about on the beaches and cliffs etc., due to the Covid-19 restrictions. These wild yellow rapeseed flowers are so attractive to bees that I happily encourage it in the garden. Currently there are apparently several varieties of bees around it.
The bee in the picture below looks different from the usual bee visitors.
I just love these fellows with their fancy hats below, ribwort plantain, they are called. They commonly grow wild all over the country, as far as I know. I would be delighted if someone could tell me their name. As kids, we used to play a game with these, each child holding one by the stalk and trying to bash hell out of the head of the other’s to knock the head off. At the time it never occurred to me that they were so pretty.
Above are wild bluebells by the roadside outside my home.
I don’t have a clue what type of insect is on the apple blossom above and below, it’s possibly some type of bee mimicking fly.
Buttercup with insect above. Below is some skinny type of fly, like a gnat, on a red currant bush.
Wild primroses above.
Wild daisies colonising the rockery, choking out a delicate campanula. I’ve left it for now, being such a pretty flower.
Captured through the double glazed window. Not an ideal method for wildlife photography, but good to record the images of the birds on the patio feeder.
Below is another recording of garden birdsong. The picture brightens when you click it. The purpose of the video is to play the sounds of birdsong in the garden. You can see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, yet with a northerly wind the sound of the incoming waves, normally nice to hear, makes a louder hiss than desirable on these recordings. I’m surprised at just how sensitive the camera recorder is.
And just to end this post I would just like to mention that I saw my first swallow of the year today! It’a great to see them return.