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Jun 2017

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

Hot weather

Hot weather changes everything’s behaviour. Butterflies are flying, plants are flowering, bees are buzzing and young people on the beach at Eastbourne …

Lesser Yellow Underwing - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Doormoth

There’s a moth on my doormat. I’m not sure whether it’s been wiping all six of its feet or not. Looking closely …

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

Success – at last!

I’ve spent 40 years as a photographer and had to face the constant indignity of people expressing their views on my photographs. …

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

Knees Up Meadow Brown

I’m in a large meadow in East Sussex in the heat watching butterflies. They are a nightmare to photograph in this heat …

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

Seagulls attack from behind

Seagulls are masters of surprise. I’m in Teignmouth this morning and there are warning signs everywhere about the gulls. Herring Gulls are …

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.