Don’t worry this isn’t another post about a Dog. Today we have got wildflowers, fruits, butterflies, wild animals and some pretty tame ones but before I can get started…..
My day always begins with a plaintive whine. She hears me moving around in the kitchen and positions herself under my window and cries.
Shut up! I am making my breakfast.
Today we are going to climb over the fence and look for the new Badger sett in the next field along. My camera is currently tied to the other side of this tree looking out on a field full of sheep.
You don’t have to watch all of this video (unless you are looking for a date) . Having a field full of sheep hasn’t given me too many problems so far but it was pretty obvious that I would get some of this.
The next field along is a corn field.
In England when we talk about cornfields we usually picture (quite correctly) fields of wheat. In Scotland they often see oats. Corn is a word derived from the Latin granum and it means grain.
When Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba the natives there presented him with a grain that they called mahiz and Columbus promptly corrupted that to maize but the name corn also stuck.
To most of the world the words corn and maize are interchangeable and mean the same thing but in the UK we still think of corn as meaning grain, any grain.
Either way this is a corn field.
Did you notice the little blue flowers?
They are Common Field-speedwell, Veronica persica.
I started photographing these at the beginning of March, long before the traditional Spring flowers like Wood Anemones and Bluebells and they have flowered everyday since.
They are very good value for money, especially if like me you don’t actually have to pay for them 🙂
This little Comma. At this time of year we can’t afford to pass on any butterflies, they won’t be around for very much longer.
This is a young butterfly and it is fresh and beautiful. The Comma is one of the butterflies that overwinters here as an adult. This delicate little animal will spend the whole winter sleeping outside, through all of the terrible weather and it will survive the frosts. It will take flight again around the second week in March, that for me is the end of winter, when the butterflies return.
On a bramble leaf I see another butterfly. This one is a Speckled Wood. These butterflies are unique amongst British species because they can overwinter either as a caterpillar or a chrysalis. Those that reach the chrysalis stage will be amongst the first butterflies that we see next year and they will be newly emerged and beautiful.
Foggy was a character from the British sitcom “Last of the summer wine” and also something that happened to my Badger and Fox last night.
So that is it. Sleep tight and mind the bugs don’t bite.