Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

So this week’s challenge is ‘Broken‘…..

"I'm very very sorry, I really really am, But I just cannot look at you For I don't feel very glam!" It's true Melinda Meercat Is feeling very low And the reason for this trouble can be found upon her toe!

“I’m very very sorry, I really really am,
But I just cannot look at you
For I don’t feel very glam!”
It’s true Melinda Meercat
Is feeling very low
And the reason for this trouble can be found upon her toe!

"It's just no good, I don't feel ready To face my public today, For without my full set of fingernails I don't know what more I can say!" It happened when she was climbing Up upon this rock She slipped and caught her front left leg, She had a very enormous shock!

“It’s just no good, I don’t feel ready
To face my public today,
For without my full set of fingernails
I don’t know what more I can say!”
It happened when she was climbing
Up upon this rock
She slipped and caught her front left leg,
She had an enormous shock!

And she sits here positively not looking at me Because her fingernail is broken And poor Melinda Meercat knows The nail salon ain't open

And here she sits not looking at me
Because her fingernail is broken
And poor Melinda Meercat knows
The nail salon ain’t open!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

I was hoping for a different title for this week’s challenge -maybe something like “Blue tit hovers strangely above bird table” or “I found a Black Cap in the field but I couldn’t wear it!” As you may guess, I have photos that would work with these themes perfectly!

But when I thought about it I found I did have some photos that I think fit the bill of “Broken“. So here goes!

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That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

In the fields behind my house, where I walk most days, there are many stinging nettles on the path side. On one particular day I noticed that the top of the nettle had something all around it….you could say ‘enveloped‘ by a web looking thing (technical jargon I know, but I think you understand!).

"Oh," I thought, "I remember…small tortoiseshell butterflies lay their eggs on nettles…."

“Oh,” I thought, “I remember…small tortoiseshell butterflies lay their eggs on nettles….”

In a few days this happens…..

In a few days this happens…..

They start to grow….

They start to grow….

and grow.

and grow.

And here’s what the adult small tortoiseshell looks like….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Whilst out walking between showers today I saw this strange thing fly in front of me. It seemed rather awkward and as if it was a little heavy for itself!

Then I realised it was my old mate Emp (Empis Tessellata to give him his full name).

Only he had attached himself to what I believe to be his dinner!

His dinner was more than likely feeling a little ‘enveloped’ and NOT in a good way!

Emp belongs to the family of Dagger flies, in case you were wondering!

Emp belongs to the family of Dagger flies, in case you were wondering!

The view from above! Apparently the name 'dagger flies' refers to long pointed proboscis that they sometimes uses to pierce other insects.

The view from above!
Apparently the name ‘dagger fly’ refers to long pointed proboscis that they sometimes use to pierce other insects.

Yep, definitely a bit of piercing going on here! "For goodness sake!" hissed Emp in an irritated manner, "Can't you see I'm busy?"

Yep, definitely a bit of piercing going on here!
“For goodness sake!” hissed Emp in an irritated manner, “Can’t you see I’m busy? AND he is quite heavy!”

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

This week’s Photo Challenge is Forces of Nature and, in the same vein as my last post on this, I present a very strong force of nature for you!

On my back fence in broad daylight!! Would you believe it

On my back fence in broad daylight!! Would you believe it?!

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Getting knotted?

Getting knotted?

 

And you have to feel sorry for poor Mrs. Delphinium Duck being courted(?) by all those drakes!

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Can you see her?

Can you see her?

Macro Monday

Today, in close up, I present a little chap called……

Empis Tessellata or ‘Emp’ for short!

Poor old Emp has been described on the internet as a large, drab green-brown bristly fly with brown-tinged wings! How rude!

Poor old Emp has been described on the internet as a large, drab green-brown bristly fly with brown-tinged wings! How rude! Drab? I don’t think so!

"Don't mess with me!" said Emp haughtily, "Though I feed on nectar I am also a predator and can catch other insects with my long pointed proboscis which I pierce their bodies with……so don't upset me!"

“Don’t mess with me!” said Emp haughtily, “Though I feed on nectar I am also a predator and can catch other insects with my long pointed proboscis which I pierce their bodies with……so don’t upset me!”

"Also," snarled Emp, "When I feel in the mood (nudge nudge) I present a 'gift' to the object of my desire, in the form of a dead insect, before any shenanigans take place. The ladies are most fussy and will not mate with males who do not present a gift. I've got it sussed though!"

“Also,” snarled Emp, “When I feel in the mood (nudge nudge) I present a ‘gift’ to the object of my desire, in the form of a dead insect, before any shenanigans take place. The ladies are most fussy and will not mate with males who do not present a gift.”

For other Macro Monday photos visit here!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

I wonder if you can guess the Force of Nature I’m talking about!!

In the Soldier Beetle world they hold mass weddings!

In the Soldier Beetle world they hold mass weddings!

Some like a more intimate ceremony!

Some like a more intimate ceremony!

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This honeymooning couple have not a care in the world!

This honeymooning couple have not a care in the world!

But it doesn't take long to begin to produce offspring and decide…..

But it doesn’t take long to begin to produce offspring and they decide…..

…that they need to be a little more discreet in front of the eggs!

…that they need to be a little more discreet in front of the eggs!

For some, the views from the venue are the most important!

For some, the views from the wedding venue are the most important!

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Who knew the ladybird world was multicultural!

Who knew the ladybird world was multicultural!

That’s All!

See Ya xx