Eristalis pertinax Hoverfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Time flies like Hoverflies

I’ve become inordinately attracted to Hoverflies. Should I be worried? This one is Eristalis pertinax. Apparently I should know that because of …

Moorhen - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Feathered friends

There’s time to visit Stover Country park and see some wildlife today. I’m taking my dad along so he can experience one …

Azure Damselfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Azure Damselflies

Calling a Damselfly the ‘Azure Damselfly’ makes it sound much more exotic than if you called it the Blue Damselfly. There are, …

Jackdaw - Beachy Head - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Jackdaws and Skittles

There’s a Jackdaw on the cliffs at Beachy Head in East Sussex. It has its beak open and is panting in this …

Goat's Beard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Goat’s Beard

A Goat’s Beard seed-head is like a Dandelion clock on steroids. Tragopogon pratensis has long seeds and beautiful upside-down umbrella parachutes: Each …

Ruby Tailed Wasp - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chrysis, what Chrysis?

There’s a smile on the side of this chalk hill at Beachy Head in East Sussex. The heat is intense and I …

Herring Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The end of echelon parking

It’s the end of echelon parking. It says so on the sign. I’m glad they told me that. Goodbye echelon parking: it …

Pied Wagtail - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Almost unremittingly awful

For Day 19 of #30DaysWild I’m working inside all day and then have a six hour car drive across the country. It’s …

Ink Cap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Perspective

Photography is all about perspective. Any subject can be rendered strange, unusual, unsettling, quirky or simply different by the slightest change in …

Southern Marsh Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Southern Marsh Orchid

I’m in the South, standing in a Marsh and surrounded by Orchids. Could they be Southern Marsh Orchids, I wonder?

The River Dart - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Simple pleasures

Life is a sequence of experiences. The ones I’ve treasured most have been ones that I’ve shared, with people, with family and …

Beautiful Demoiselle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Demoiselled if you do

Beautiful Demoiselles are beautiful by name and vicious killers by nature. I see a male clasping a fern, here on the side …

Field - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Field

An evening looking at the fields. It really is an adventure in red sandstone soil. A week ago there was little trace …

Pleurotus cornucopiae - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Oysters growing on trees

Wandering along the River Dart in Devon I see a dead tree brimming with fungi. They look like Pleurotus cornucopiae to me. …

Fern - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ferns, mosses and liverworts

It’s wet all along the River Dart in Devon. There are pool of stagnant water in channels where the River used to …

Blue Tailed Damselfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A walk around a blade of grass

It’s Day 13 of #30DaysWild, the scheme run by the Wildlife Trusts to get people to have wild experiences in June. I’ve …

Scorpion Fly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

When I see a Scorpion Fly

I’m admiring the Beautiful Demoiselles on the River Dart in Devon and I’ve spotted this strange insect on a fern in front …

Bullfinch - The Hall of Einar - copyright David Bailey (not the)

Bullfinches and Verrucas

The sign says Bullfinch so my hopes are up. But there’s nothing. I’d love to get some decent shots but there are …

Shuteye - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Shuteye

Cycling, photography, sunshine, white wine and pasta. And cats. Welcome to Italy.

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dunnock

The Dunnock is a beautiful bird, with the most subtle of plumage. They are classic skulking birds, rarely seen far from cover. …

Fly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fly

The closer you look, the more there is to see. As a child I had a blue-handled magnifying glass with a pocket …

Pigeon - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pigeon in a fountain

Feral Pigeons often look such dirty and dishevelled birds. Not this one though. I suppose it helps that the Pigeon lives in …

Woodpigeon - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sticking your neck out…

When you decide to stick your neck out and finally say what you think: And then you think better of it and …

Four-Spotted Chaser - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Four-Spotted Chaser

I always found dragonflies difficult to identify. However, a quick check on Wikipedia for the Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonfly tells me that “The …

Tree Studies - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tree studies

By tree studies I don’t mean academic studies of arboriculture or forestry; I mean really looking at a tree; studying it. On …