Courtship behaviour of Tortoiseshells is peculiar. A male approaches the female from behind, drums his antennae on her wings; A feint sound audible even to the human ear.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly At Rest
Welsh castles are impressive structures and most were constructed in the 12th, or 13th, centuries. Many, like this one in West Wales, were built to keep out the local inhabitants.
Land Of Castles And Princesses
Watching the sun go down over Worm's Head, on the beautiful Gower Peninsula.
The Tryst
The name Apis mellifera comes from the Latin, Apis, for bee, melli- for honey, and ferre, 'to bear'. Thus the scientific name translates as 'honey-bearing bee'.
Homing In
This small reflector lighthouse, built in 1842, looks out upon Gower and beyond.
Little Lighthouse
In 1973 the Rare Breeds Survival Trust was formed, choosing the White Park cattle breed as its logo. Since then numbers of this breed surviving have risen from 60 to almost 800.
Lady Of The Manor
Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima), growing on the rocks near the pretty little Welsh seaside town of Borth. Also known as Sea Pink, this lovely flower thrives in salty environments.
Borth's Hidden Gems
As busy as it gets down in West Wales, this relatively modern harbour and marina development is home to the bobbing boats of pleasure seekers and fishermen alike.
Welsh Harbour
The beautiful poppy, Meconopsis baileyi, originates in the cold mountains of south eastern Tibet.
Himalayan Blue
Popular with surfers, Whitesands beach in West Wales, boasts waves up to 10 feet high. At this beautiful, unspoilt spot, the impressive crags of Carn Llidi and Penbiri guard the bay.
It's Behind You !
Insects, but also birds such as orioles and humming birds, feed on the flower's nectar.
Elegant Campsis
Buddleja globosa, an attractive golden yellow globed variety, also known as the Orange Ball Tree, is a magnet for butterflies such as the Small Tortoiseshell, pictured here.
Golden Globes
Newton House, an 18th century Gothic mansion in a remote corner of South West Wales. Visit on a Winter's day and dare you wander between it's ancient creaking walls ?
The House - Newton House, Dinefwr
House Sparrows are so adaptable, they have been found living and breeding 2000ft below ground in a coalmine; Others are known to live their whole lives inside warehouses.
Posing For The Camera
In 'mating wheel' formation. Damselflies (here Ischnura elegans), differ from dragonflies in that their wings are closed at rest. The male is the upper damselfly here.
Blue-Tailed Demoiselles
Sea Pink, or Thrift, is the 'county flower' of the Isles of Scilly and thrives in salty, windswept environments. It's perfect for gravel and rock gardens and insects love it !
The Beautiful Forest
In my country, Wales, our woolly friends outnumber humans by a ratio of THREE to ONE ! . . . . No jokes please.
Just Good Friends
A pretty old fashioned perennial, with its pink flowers and silvery leaves, Dianthus 'Pink', is a favourite amongst those wanting to create the quintessential English cottage garden.
Button Hole Beauty
A close-up glimpse of a Welsh woodland habitat. Beauty comes in small packages.
Bluebell And Fern
Insects are cold blooded creatures, and this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly makes the most of the summer sunshine by sunning itself on golden Buddleja globosa blossom. Bliss !
Basking In The Sun
Though similar looking and living within close proximity of Dartmoor ponies, the Exmoor' is a different breed and on the 'endangered' list. Exmoor ponies have no white markings.
Exmoor Mother And Foal
France has five climactic zones. The long hot summers of Dordogne and its  microclimate, on average seven degrees warmer than UK, are ideal for stunning climbers like Campsis.
A Golden Summer
Sometimes, some places, some 'things' are best NOT left to the vivid imagination.
The Path
Male Early Bumblebee feeding on Tayberry blossom. A recent survey shows that solitary bees are twice as likely to pollinate flowers they visit as their more colonial counterparts.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. (The Road Not Taken. Robert Frost, 1874-1963)
Forgotten Ways




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