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Bee in red hot poker bees

Day 213 – Being Bees

"When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited." ~ Ramakrishna I spent ages trying to get a shot of the bees on this flower. Timing is everything when it comes to taking a photograph but that is never more true than when you are dealing with wildlife, especially the small, fast moving, wildlife. Patience got me there in the end though and possible a little bit of luck.  
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Macro shot of Lady ladybird ladybug

Day 210 – Spotted Lady

"How brave a ladybug must be! Each drop of rain is big as she. Can you imagine what you'd do, If raindrops fell as big as you?" ~ Aileen Fisher This little lady landed on the arm of my chair out in the garden and then sat and waited patiently while I went and got my camera. She posed perfectly while I took her picture. The moment the shutter clicked, she set off into the sky. I hope to go and find some of the many tiny bugs that plague my roses but which will fill her belly.    
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Dew drop reflection sky in green grass beneath your feet

Day 197 – Beneath your feet

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” ~ Henry David Thoreau And if you look very carefully you can find what is over your head also captured in the world beneath your feet. You just have to get down and dirty sometimes to see it.  
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Snail with green shell snails

Day 173 – Garden Snails

“A snail hides in his shell.” ~ George R.R. Martin We have a lot of snails in the garden and slugs too. As a general rule I just leave them to it. I am a big believer in letting the wildlife share my garden. I don't keep it perfect, far from it. I tend to let things do their own thing, only stepping in when it gets completely out of control. As a result the garden is full of life, birds, snails, slugs, ladybirds, bees, ants, and other fabulous bugs. I am fairly sure my neighbour, whose garden looks like…
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crisp cold Cobra beer in glass half full

Day 168 – Crisp and cold

"He was a wise man who invented beer." ~ Plato Beer is one of the worlds oldest prepared drinks. The earliest chemical evidence of beer dates back to circa 3500–3100 BC but there is also evidence that existed as far back as 9500 BC. Today it remains one of the most popular beverages throughout the world. For me I like a good Pale Ale or a crisp cold Lager especially on a hot summers day and of course a cold beer and curry is a marriage made in culinary heaven.    
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Water spilling over rock in stream rewards

Day 160 – Simple Rewards

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs Life can be very hectic. Work, family and everything that those two things entail can sometimes consume us. I know that many days go by where I feel like I am constantly chasing my tail, dashing from one thing to another,…
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Macro shot with bokeh through the greener grass

Day 159 – Greener

"But the grass is always greener on the other side" ~ Side by TravisThe thing I love about this time of year is the lush green colours of everything, the leaves, the plants and the grass all have that new vibrant green about them that is just so full of life. The weather is here has been really rather chilly, I am back in my winter coat and have even had to turn the heating on but outside my window the green continues to fill my view and I hope that soon we shall have some actual summer weather to…
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Yellow dandelion flower weed in the garden

Day 136 – Delightful Weed

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson The Dandelion remains a weed and yet are we really oblivious to this plants beauty. It has bright yellow flowers with an abundance of tiny petals that fan out making it look like a golden star growing on the earth and then that flower turns into a seed head that has delighted each and everyone of us as children and a fair few of us as adults. Can you really resist the temptation to blow its seeds and watch them scatter. Maybe the dandelion…
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macro shot of delightful daisy in black and white

Day 135 – Delightful Daisy

"So let's enjoy the unfolding shape, the elemental, organic delight and agony of it all.” ~ Natalie Goldberg This a Daisy. My front garden lawn is awash with them. Even though we mow they spring back up. They are indestructible and I adore the delightful little things. I can't understand people who weed them out of their lawn. For me they are part of having a lawn and there is nothing quite like sitting in the sun and making a daisy chain from them.
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Macro shot of bluebells

Day 133 – May Blue

"'Tis like the birthday of the world, When earth was born in bloom; The light is made of many dyes, The air is all perfume: There's crimson buds, and white and blue, The very rainbow showers Have turned to blossoms where they fell, And sown the earth with flowers." ~ Thomas Hood These beautiful Bluebells are growing in my garden right outside the door which I can see from my desk. As I work I can see them nodding in the May breeze and beyond them the rest of the garden is springing into action and every feels alive.  …
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Macro shot of orchid flower

Day 115 – Orchid Fever

“Many collectors died in process of searching for new species, and despite persistent reports that the men died from drowning, gunshot and knife wounds, snakebite, trampling by cattle, or blows in the head with blunt instruments, it is generally accepted that in each case the primary cause of death was orchid fever.” ~ Eric Hansen  
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Grass hopper insects on leaf in black and white

Day 114 – Without insects

"Without insects, there'd be no flowering plants. Without flowering plants, there would be no clever, fruit-eating primates giving TED Talks." Michael Dickinson
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