Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Spring Greens ...

Green rain 

Into the scented woods we'll go 
And see the blackthorn swim in snow. 
High above, in the budding leaves, 
A brooding dove awakes and grieves; 
The glades with mingled music stir, 
And wildly laughs the woodpecker. 
When blackthorn petals pearl the breeze, 
There are the twisted hawthorn trees 
Thick-set with buds, as clear and pale 
As golden water or green hail-- 
As if a storm of rain had stood 
Enchanted in the thorny wood, 
And, hearing fairy voices call, 
Hung poised, forgetting how to fall 

Mary Webb, (25 March 1881 – 8 October 1927)

Jumping ...

Sarah jumping on Max at The Talland School of Equitation

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Emperor ...

... moths (Saturnia pavonia), newly emerged. With a wingspan of approximately 80mm, the Emperor moth is one of the largest moths found in the UK. It has four very distinctive eye-markings, one on each wing, Emperor moths are the only UK members of the silk-moth family.

... taken last May when in the Caterpillar stage. The female Emperor moth lays her eggs within a few hours after mating. The eggs take about 10 days to hatch. The Emperor moth caterpillars, seen from May to August, are black and hairy when newly hatched. As they grow they change to green with yellow, pink or orange spots. Each spot is covered with short black hairs.


Lighter Than Air ....

... up, up ...

... and away ...