Outside My Office

My life, like many other people’s, is currently very much ‘indoors’. And a lot of that life is spent in a virtual ‘outdoors’ via Truck and Hunting simulations. However, there is always the window on the world outside and nature is gearing up for the birth of new life. Birds and animals are pairing up and some already have young. There’s a lot of activity to watch and sometimes photograph. Let me share a few photos from last week.

The Tits have been very active with Blue’s and Great’s coming to my window sill. Here is one of the Blue Tit’s that happily flitted back and forth despite me sitting right next to the window…

The Robin is a little more circumspect, watching with care before making a lightning fast smash & grab…

The Squirrels come every day at various times and, if the food has been hoovered up by the Feral and Wood Pigeons, sometimes tap on the window and look through the glass at me. I’m not sure how much they can actually see – they certainly see nowhere near as well as the Pigeons who observe my every move no matter how far back from the window I am! Here’s one of my regular Squirrel visitors approaching to get some nuts I’ve just put out…

Early Bees

The May is out and so are the Bees. A visit to Long Lane Pasture allowed me to photograph a Grey-haired Mining Bee…… and Andrena nitida……Both feeding on Hawthorn.

Meanwhile a Common Carder Bee was feeding on Common Vetch……with apologies for the slight blur – she was a busy-bee 😉

Finally, I found a Honey Bee swarm in a low area of Brambles……Disturbing a swarm is not a good idea. Fortunately I always have a close eye on where I’m putting my feet for fear of hurting some creature when I’m out photographing nature and I move slowly. In the circumstances I retraced my steps equally slowly 😉

A Photo a Week Challenge: Colorful

For Nancy’s Challenge this week we have Orchids at Kew Gardens. An annual event providing a burst of color to close out Winter and welcome Spring. The event is always very popular with visitors. This year the Orchids on display were Colombian…