Botanic Gardens of Wales revisited

Our first visit to the Botanic Gardens of Wales was at the end of last summer, when the gardens were bursting with vivid colour and buzzing with life. Revisiting the gardens again earlier this month provided a great opportunity to observe how these gardens change throughout the seasons. In contrast to our previous visit the…

A fond farewell

It’s been a little over two months now since myself and my husband moved into our very own home! Since then life has been a whirlwind of unpacking and organising and only now have I had the chance to sit down write this blog, a fond farewell to the place we called home for over…

Sighting: Red Mason Bee

One of the earliest bees to emerge into a British spring, the red mason bee is arguably one of the most striking of the solitary bees with a large jaws and a hairy gingery/red body. Mason bees are named for their habit of nesting in cavities in walls and masonry, perhaps will we see a…

The show must go on

I knew tonight would be my last opportunity to see the starlings this year due to work commitments tying up most of my evenings, and the season drawing to a rapid close. As the days grow longer and with Spring just around the corner, numbers have already begun to drop off as the winter migrants…

A ray of sunshine

I almost didn’t make it in time to watch the starlings come in to roost this evening but after enduring what feels like endless rain and dull grey skies for weeks now, a break in the weather was just too tempting to resist. After a quick dash home to grab my camera I arrived at…

Ambush

Another cloudless and stunning evening in Aberystwyth drew me once again to the promenade for my regular ‘starling watch’. Conditions could not have been more perfect with crystal clear skies and the setting sun creating a beautiful backdrop of pastel orange and blue on which to capture the starlings throwing some shapes. After a slow…

2021 Highlights

2021 has been a rather eventful year, and I’m not just talking about the pandemic which continues to dominate our lives with it’s ever changing rollercoaster of restrictions and emotions! The beginning of the year started much like the previous, in yet another lockdown…The one silver lining of this enforced time off was that it…

Shaping up

Another evening, and yet another visit to the starling murmurations at Aberystwyth promenade. No two experiences are ever the same, and this is one of the reasons I am drawn back to watch the starlings time and time again. Conditions today were quite the contrast from just my previous visit with overcast skies and a…

Capturing the moment

Having been feeling rather under the weather for the past week or so, a tempting sunset and the promise of starlings felt like the perfect antidote to cheer me up. I opted to use my wide angle lens in anticipation of some impressive skies and Aberystwyth once again delivered one of it’s spectacular sunsets. The…

Early birds

Starling numbers in Aberystwyth have been building for a few weeks now, the locals joined by their European cousins, migrants eager to escape the bitter cold of a scandinavian winter. As the population grows so begins the annual winter spectacle of our starling murmurations and certainly the highlight of my photographic year! During my first…

Let sleeping ducks lie

Several weeks passed before I was able to check on the progress of our three mallard ducklings again, and in this time the trio had transformed almost beyond recognition into fully fledged young ducks. At around two months old they were now able to fly and were nearing their independence. Although still lacking their distinctive…

Milestones

Ducklings, like all baby birds, grow up remarkably quickly and with each passing week the five young mallards were transforming before my very eyes. As time passed the mallard ducklings grew more and more accustomed to my regular visits to the waterway, and they and their mother would greet me with enthusiastic peeping calls before…