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ShareMondays2019 – Jewel In The Grasses

Male Banded Demoiselle

ShareMondays2019 – Jewel In The Grasses

I’m taking part in the Wildlife Trust’s challenge 30DaysWild this June. The challenge is to do something wild every day! There are lots of ideas for exploring wildlife and nature on the website and app. I like to get outdoors as much as possible but, sometimes my fatigue stops me from doing much.

Having a lot of local nature reserves is a big help! If I can manage to spend just an hour or so at Wisley or Heather Farm on Horsell Common, I feel so much better, physically and mentally. It gives me the opportunity to survey the areas for the wildlife that I love and just to breathe fresh air and relax to the peacefulness and sound of birdsong.

This male banded demoiselle was my first challenge image that I shared straight to Twitter. Everyone has really loved it so I’m sharing it again today, with a wider audience and for the ShareMondays, Wex Mondays and Fotospeed challenges.

The females are quite stunning little jewels too!

Female Banded Demoiselle

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Blue Monday: Circle Of Life

Mating Damselflies

Blue Monday: Circle Of Life

It’s been a truly amazing week! Simon and I have been hard at work completing our PADI Open Water Diver courses. Wednesday saw us at Wraysbury Diving Lake, dropping to depths of around eleven metres, to perform particular skills underwater and enjoy a bit of exploration around some of the sunken objects that can be found at this popular dive centre. As a trainee, I couldn’t take my camera down with me but there was plenty to see around the lakeside too! These mating damselflies were perfectly poised to capture the moment that the female (below) accepts the sperm from the male (above), by looping the end of her abdomen upwards, while he grasps her behind the thorax with the terminal appendages of his abdomen. Together they form a heart shape with their slender bodies. This image of love is my entry for this week’s Wex Mondays challenge.

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It’s A Jungle Out There!

It's A Jungle Out There!

Daily Prompt: Keep Out
Photographers, artists, poets: show us OUTSIDE.

All of these images were taken today, outside, at Lake Boldermere in Ockham.

Amongst the insects are damselflies, dragonflies, the ringlet butterfly, the large white, the golden skipper, a moth, a wasp beetle and a fantastic spider (I’ve not identified it yet).

The male mute swan came over to look us over but the female kept at a safe distance from us with her cygnets. There are so many moorhen, coots and terns all calling Boldermere their home!

We had to watch our step, as we circled the lake, for hundreds of tiny frogs among the ground-covering plants at the water’s edge.

I urge everyone to get OUTSIDE and see what you can find!

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Life In The Undergrowth

Life In The Undergrowth

Daily Prompt: Four Stars
Photographers, artists, poets: show us LIFE.

As Spring turns to Summer life explodes all around us. The birds are busy feeding their young, butterflies dance amongst the flowers and damselflies gather around the waters edge, entwined in the very creation of yet more life.