The Gatehouse
Arrows and Stars
Introduced in 1980, 'Marjorie' was the first of the semi-double montana clematis. The flowers are a beautiful creamy pink, but, surprisingly, can turn green in cold weather.
Clematis Montana 'Marjorie'
At the end of a cool but sunny Autumnal day, dusk settles peacefully over the estuary of the River Tywi. Only the mournful cry of a curlew can be heard permeating the stillness.
The Marshes At Dusk
The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae), is common in Britain and often seen feeding on Buddleja. Its larger counterpart, though officially extinct in the UK, does occur.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly
From the Greek word for rainbow, irises are amongst the most elegant of flowers.
Blue Iris
The Broad Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea), also known as the Scarlet Darter, is a common species in S.Europe and N.Africa It is very rarely found on the British Isles.
Red Dragon
A zig-zagging wooden walkway leads the eye across rich lily ponds teeming with life.
Under A Silver Sky
The Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), or Early Nesting Bumblebee. This female is feeding on Cotoneaster. They also love to forage on daisies, white clover and lavender.
The Early Bumblebee
As a region famous for its cockling traditions, spanning back to Roman times, cockles are harvested from the sandy flats and are eaten locally and exported as a delicacy worldwide.
On The Trail Of The Cocklers
Apis mellifera, the honeybee, pollinating a perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana), or Bachelor's Button. The flower, though not native to Britain, can be found in the wild.
Honeybee Pollinating Cornflower
As recently as 1905 a passenger ferry would set sail from here, and cross the tidal Tywi to the picturesque village of Llansteffan. As of 2013 discussions are afoot to reinstate it.
The View From The Jetty
Part of a stunning nature reserve, Stackpole Quay was built in the 18th century to ship in goods to the big country house of Stackpole Court, and to ship out quarried limestone.
At Stackpole Quay
Far and high above a tranquil landscape, a vapour trail reminder of the modern age.
Crimson Seascape
The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is in decline in parts of Britain. A parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, lays its eggs on its favourite food plants and they are then eaten by this beauty.
The Beautiful Butterfly
Horsetail (Equisetum sp.), is related to large plants that grew 270 million years ago.
Land Of The Giants
White Park Cattle, a very old and rare breed of cattle, have been kept in Britain for more than 2,000 years. They are closely related to prized wild White Cattle of Medieval times.
The Bull
The beautiful blossom of Campsis, or Trumpet Creeper, a woody perennial climber that can climb to 40 feet. Here, it is seen flowering in the sunshine of Southern France.
Campsis In Bloom
The House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, is the most widely distributed bird worldwide. UK numbers have lately declined drastically. Here, a male shares 'lunch' with his mate.
As Though Kissing
Normally seen from the end of March, but even December UK sightings do occur.
Sitting Pretty
Daniel Craig (aka Mr Bond), eat your heart out ! A brave early morning 'dipper' emerges from the icy surf of Whitesands Bay one grey and chilly January day. Rather him than me !
Splash !
In the UK, the green starboard buoys tell mariners that they must 'keep to the left'.
A patiently attendant English Springer Spaniel stands by in this surreal scene in rural West Wales. Who will emerge? A wet and soapy superhero? Or, perhaps even, a Time Lord?
Emergency Shower 999
Sadly, when at their most abundant a century ago, there were a number of sparrow 'clubs' in the UK whose members competed to kill the most birds in a year. How could they ?
On The Lookout
Clematis are considered by many as difficult to cultivate. But given plenty of sunlight, a sheltered location, good support and moist, shaded rooting, they reward handsomly.
Montana Marjorie In Bloom




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