I wrote my last Blog ten days ago, as Madagascar was preparing for Cyclone Batsirai which hit the east coast on Saturday night and swept inland on Sunday 6th February. The coastal areas suffered the worst effects and at least 92 people are known to have been killed, 60,000 are homeless and many schools … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR: UPDATE
As I write this, central Madagascar is being devastated yet again, this time by Cyclone Batsirai with winds of up to 120mph and rainfall of 8"-16". It was just two weeks ago that Storm Ana killed 48 people and left 71,000 people homeless in Madagascar. My friend, Patrick Andrianantenaina, lives with his family in Antsirabe … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR
Our little pond and new stream continue to provide unending interest in this cold weather as the beautiful ice formations and patterns are always changing. Here are a few of the strange shapes around the stream. Yesterday, I noticed that shards of ice were growing very slowly from the edges of the pond so … Continue reading WATCHING SHARDS OF ICE GROWING ON THE POND
Lisa's challenge this week is BIRDS with BLACK FEATHERS. There are so many birds with black feathers, so I am going to limit myself to Corvids and Seabirds. I'm still going to indulge myself (if not all of you!) When going through my photos, I was very tempted to slip in one or two … Continue reading Lisa’s Weekly BIRD CHALLENGE: Birds with BLACK FEATHERS
Our Garden Pond Life - a real blast for my 200th and last "Photo a Day " Blog! We wouldn't be without a pond. Small as it is, it attracts birds and insects for bathing and drinking as well as being home to so many little creatures. Perhaps the most beautiful pondlife are … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 200, Saturday – End of an Era
Here are more insects (and other little creatures) seen in the garden.
Broad splashes of colour in my garden - some gentle and some vibrant. I love photographing flowers close up to capture something of the exquisite detail.
Photos of some of our harvests over the years. It's surprising what you can get out of a small garden! It varies from year to year which fruit trees and bushes do well and which produce less. We no longer have the cherry, quince and damson trees. I'm running out of days, so will … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 199, Friday
Lisa's Challenge this week is OWLS So here are my photos - once again, mainly from other countries as I haven't often seen owls in this country. We have periods when we hear Tawny Owls around our house for a few weeks - and then nothing for months. I have occasionally seen them on … Continue reading Lisa’s Weekly BIRD CHALLENGE: OWLS
Some of the amazing variety of flies (11 species including various Hover Flies), bees and other insects all photographed on one day amongst the patch of wild flowers, especially on the Marjoram, in our garden. Some of the flies were only about 3mm long. (I'm sorry, I haven't yet found time to identify them all!) … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 196, Tuesday