Raven Lunatic's photos


  • Shield Bug & Lady Bug

    Or ladybird as we call them over here in England. On the warmer days that we've had over here this month have brought out a lot more ladybirds and shield bugs. I think the shields had been breeding on our buddleia, and the ladybirds tend to hibernate on…

  • Damaged Trees

    Sadly a second tree on the hill has taken some punishment from the strong winds we had a couple of weeks ago. And the larger one on the right lost a few branches earlier this year during a brief but wild blizzard

  • Red Admiral

    Seen in our garden on Saturday, and probably the last butterfly I'll see this year. I didn't expect to see this one so late in the year, but we've had some nice warm days.


  • Lumley Castle

    One of my favourite scenes during our stay was peering through a doorway in the main castle, towards the 'stable' accomodations. Lovely little country style buildings, decorated with lots of flowers in tubs and hanging baskets.

  • Rowan Berries

    I love to see rowan berries and autumn leaves against a deep blue sky. These were out as early as July this year, probably confused by summer weather in our parts starting as soon as April. These were seen just outside our local town. I deliberately go…

  • Lumley Castle

    We recently returned from a trip to this lovely and large castle, situated in County Durham, England. My husband loves to stay in castles which are supposedly haunted, and I'm happy to go along for the ride ;o) It's a very popular place to stay and on th…


  • Shielded Ladybird

    Yesterday a couple of ladybirds emerged from their favourite bush to soak up the sun. They've been moving in, ready for overwintering. The large shield bug was one of several that I saw settled on leaves and old seed heads.

  • Better late Than Never . . .

    These large yellow flowers that we planted a few years ago have emerged and spread in a very short time. Regrettably we had to do some hardcore weeding, as our floral beds were in quite a state earlier this year and I fear we may have unintentionally pul…

  • Wood Pigeon Egg

    I saw what I thought was a ping pong ball in one of our plant pots, last week, but closer inspection showed it was a wood pigeon egg. A small hole had appeared in the egg, but it's contents never made it out alive. It had clearly been deserted. Never kn…


  • Small Copper Butterfly

    This is the other tiny butterfly that I saw, along with the one in the previous picture. I have seen another of this type since, which was yesterday and it came and went from our garden most of the day. I was delighted as I can go several years without…

  • Rain

    Taken on the best side of the window - inside! Towards the end of last week, we had absolutely torrential rain for hours on end, and by evening the wind was blowing waves of it down the road. It looked like the sea, and I was half expecting to have to bu…

  • Miniature Butterfly!

    I couldn't believe my luck in the garden last month. I spotted a small copper butterfly at the very same time I also saw this other tiny one, which I think may be a female common blue, but I'm not sure. I'll always bow to higher knowledge. I never expec…


  • Hydrangea

    Our hydrangea flowered this year, but it's still never been as full as most that I see. Nevertheless, I appreciate these flowers close up, so it only has to yield a few to keep me happy.

  • Jackdaw

    After a very long heatwave and no rain for many weeks, I imagine the birds and other wildlife were as relieved to finally see some rain as much as we were. When the rain first arrived (a few weeks ago now) the birds flocked to the ground, desperately loo…

  • Happy Fairy

    We've now got tickets to Trentham Gardens, which allow us a year of unlimited visits for a one off sum. We're not close enough to go very often, but hope to manage at least a couple of visits each season, especially during the flowering seasons, of cours…


  • Rowan Berries

    Heck! Yet again, the weeks have flown by and I've not updated here for a while . . . . . Well, I'm relieved as heck to see autumn on it's way. I couldn't stand that heatwave we were having. I like a warm sunny day as much as the next person, but not o…

  • Baby Shield Bug

    Hi all, sorry I've been AWOL again. Been using the warm weather to catch up with outdoor jobs and there's always enough indoors ones as well. It's pretty much the way things roll here, but I'll always be back and will catch up with everyone :o) Here is…

  • Well, Hello There!

    Zooming in to a horse in the field, who had come face to face with a low flying jackdaw!


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