Moon moments

By the time I near the end of my blustery walk on the Dorset coast, it is an hour or two into the winter darkness. The skies are semi-veiled with cloud and the air is heavy with damp and cold.  Despite a sudden desire to be home in the warm, I find a suitable place …

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Rooks in the wind

Wild winds accompany me this morning along the ride.  The air is clear and crisp and the horizons are sharp in the bright autumn sunshine. The height of autumn is now upon us and each passing day sees the trees shed another layer of clothing.  As my feet kick up the carpet of leaves, I …

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Lucky encounters

The sun’s arc is sinking lower, and the days are shortening but nature is still delivering its surprises.  It is now mid-autumn and seasonal gales have cast the remaining leaves to the ground.  Whilst out walking alongside a small woodland, I notice some fine crimson leaves and the familiar pink haze of a spindle tree …

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My tree bees

Each morning as I walk towards my garden shed, I am greeted by the energetic buzzing of my tree bees which, for the second year running, have chosen one of my bird boxes as a venue for their colony.  I first became aware of them when I heard what sounded like an engine coming from …

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