Thursday, 20 October 2011

Autumn Leaves

Today I went for a walk in Lanhydrock Woods near Bodmin. There were definite signs of autumn with the leaves changing colour. I came across this Horse Chestnut tree with the light shining through the leaves. The photographs below are the result of some photo techniques that I have been experimenting with. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Here's looking at you!

I was looking through my photographs and came across this picture! It is the face of a Blue-tailed Damselfly, which I photographed using my macro lens. It was resting on a wooden railing which has given the pale background which I think helps to bring out its green eyes and pale blue face.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Lulworth Skippers

At the beginning of July, John and I went in search of Lulworth Skippers which are confined to the south facing chalk hills and cliffs of Dorset. Having visited Lulworth Cove without success we decided to try Durlston Country Park at Swanage. Here we were much more successful and were treated to some very close views.

Male Lulworth Skipper

Female Lulworth Skipper.
The female has a characteristic golden crescent on the forewing.

The female Lulworth Skippers lay their eggs within curled Tor Grass leaves as seen below.


John also took some video of the Lulworth Skippers which can viewed below:-

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Pectoral Sandpiper at Marazion Beach

This juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper has spent the last couple of days on the freshwater outflow on Marazion beach. The sandpiper was very confiding and allowed fantastic views.  

Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand

Making the most of the sunny weather, and a day off, Dad and I went for a coastal walk from Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand. We walked down to Tintagel Castle and then along the coast to Trebarwith. 

The picture below was taken looking south towards Trebarwith Strand. The beach which disappears at high tide is popular with surfers.

Walking further along the coast towards Trebarwith are the remains of slate quarries which have pinnacles of unworked rock. The column you can see in the picture below is about 70 feet high.