All things lavender

lavanda del lago

The Lavanda Del Lago shop in the Via Cavour, Arezzo, Tuscany sells things that are, well, lavender-related. Cute.

Canon G3X ISO320 1/60 at f/11

Chirpy chappy

chiffchaff or willow warbler

This is either a chiffchaff or a willow warbler – advice needed! Whichever, he was enjoying the early morning sun in the garden at Kirklington, Notts. UK

Canon G3X ISO500 1/320 at f/8

Cone circle

pine cones

The secret of a successful garden is to train the trees and plants to do exactly what you want them to do. This pine ticks all the boxes on where to drop its cones.

Canon G3X ISO640 1/60 at f/9

Honey

honey

Honey is a young horse that lives in the field behind my daughter and family’s house in Notts.

Canon G3X ISO200 1/640 at f/9

Goldfinch

goldfinch

This happy little chappy was chirping away on a fine spring morning in the heart of Nottinghamshire.

Canon G3X ISO200 1/640 at f/9 220mm (600mm equiv) and cropped.

Menorah-like wildflower

wildflowers

This is a new one this year in the our field where the wildflowers grow. From sideways on it strongly resembles a menorah candle holder.

Canon G3X ISO800 1/1250 at f/5

Wild grass seed

wildflowers-2

Wild grass from the field by our olive trees.

Canon G3X ISO800 1/1600 at f/11

Rapeseed fields

rape fields

The English countryside in May is dominated by dazzlingly yellow fields of rape everywhere you go, giving a surreal effect to views that are normally far greener.

Canon G3X at ISO320 1/1000 f/11

Bird hair day

blackbird 1

This blackbird looks as if he dived into a stream to get his prized grub. He certainly wasn’t going to let it go.

Canon G3X ISO500 1/2000 at f/8

Beetle and seedhead

beetle 3

This beautifully patterned beetle was gathering as much of the threadlike pollen from this seed head by simply wading around in it before flying off.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/800 at f/8