I was changing the PIR lamp on my summer house and what should I spy right up under the overhanging roof? A chrysalis in a well sheltered spot waiting for the return of longer daylight hours and warmer weather next Spring:
I had just taken delivery of a couple of tiny (38mm, 1.5in) LED flash / flood lights I spotted advertised at a reduced price on AliExpress. It has taken a month for them to arrive from China. I used one as a hand held flood light for this photo instead of the harsh built in Nikon camera flash. At £3.95 each, postage free, they were worth the wait:
They plug in the speaker socket of a smart phone and are said to work as flash lights with iOS and Android phones but I haven't downloaded the software to try that yet. Alternatively they can be used separately and switched on at three different levels of brightness manually. Ideal pocket lights for close work. Each has a built in battery which is rechargeable through USB ports.
Also waiting for Spring:
I turfed out some dying Summer bedding plants and this old planter now contains about 100 spring bulbs, a mixture of dwarf narcissus, crocus and dwarf iris bulbs. It should make a colourful show which I will be able to admire from the kitchen window.
One tea time I noticed something flickering through the corner of the kitchen window. Part of a spider's web was catching the rays of the setting Autumn Sun and each sticky spot on the web was refracting the Sunlight:
The effect was difficult to capture with still shots as the web moved in a gentle breeze.
Here is a bit of video slowed down to half speed.
Take care if you are sensitive to flickering images
With the exception of last Winter I have usually seen a few Tree Sparrows join the House Sparrows at the feeders. I had begun to worry as to what had happened to them. Therefore I was delighted recently to see one join the other sparrows at the seed feeder.
The Tree Sparrow is easily recognised by its brown head and the white cheeks with a large black spot:
Here the Tree Sparrows are usually seen down a lane with tall uncut hedges and trees but as the weather gets colder and natural food scarcer they often move to join the House Sparrows at bird feeders:
So far I think there is just one but I hope a few more may join the group for the Winter.
Autumn is not only the season of mists, and we have had lots of those recently, but also the season of mellow fruitfulness. One of the plants which has done well this year is the overgrown Elder in next door's garden. That was full of elderberries ..... until the Starlings came visiting:
After a couple of days all that was left were bare stalks.
Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.
A mainly pictorial record of the wildlife and events in my part of Lincolnshire. My garden has two bird nest boxes and a Hedgehog house fitted with video cameras. There are several bird feeders and a large pond attracting a variety of wildlife to the garden.
Most of the pictures in the main part of my Jottings can be clicked on for larger views.
Many of my video clips are stored on my YouTube account.
Thank you for visiting and remember you are always welcome to leave any comments. John.
. For many years I always had my trusty Ricoh XRX SLR with me wherever I went. One day the mirror jammed and repair costs were beyond my reach at that time so that was the end of that.
Now I am retired and have invested in Canon equipment I am able to enjoy a photographic hobby again. These days I concentrate mainly on wildlife and occasional events near to home.
My interest and use of computers extends back to the days of the ZX81 and BBC computer. For many years I used an Atari ST. I wonder if anyone remembers my Atari programs - JCLabel, JCView, etc..