Friday, July 24, 2009

Houghton Lodge

Yesterday we decided to go to Houghton Lodge.
An 18th Century Grade ΙΙ* listed Gothic Cottage Orné, idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test. The House is set in extensive grounds, with fine trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the River.It was a sunny afternoon although a little breezy. It was good to see so many butterflies on the flowers and we had an enjoyable outing.
There is a small self servic cafe. You make your own tea and help yourself to the delicious homemade cakes.
Redtailed bumble bee on Globe artichoke
Red Day Lily
Houghton Lodge
Peacock Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell
Red Admiral
Painted lady
PaintedPink Dahlia

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Emer Bog

Emer Bog is a small nature Reserve just outside of southampton. It is not that easy to find . It was rather dull and overcast but it was a pleasant walk and part of it is on a new boardwalk over the bog. We saw quite a few gatekeepers and skippers and we could hear the constant chirping of crickets and grasshoppers. A ruddy darter posed for us on some old silver birch logs. We caught a brief glimpse of a Red Admiral.
Ruddy Darter
Rowan berries
Ruddy darter

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lower Test Nature Reserve

We took a quick trip to the local nature reserve yesterday in between showers.No sign of the Kingfishers but there were plenty of little egretsand sandpipers.
There are still very few butterflies around , a few gatekeepers , speckled woods and we did see a comma Today it has rained and I had a nasty surprise when I took Missy for her morning walk . I had left the sun roof open and the front seats were soaking wet!
This is my first post since getting the new computer up and running. it was certainly much quicker uploading the photos!
Seckled wood butterfly
Grey Wagtail
Little Egret
Green sandpiper
Gatekeeper Butterfly

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Catching Up

Finally managed to catch up. I have been having some computer problems and it has been difficult to blog but the new computer comes next week so hopefully things will start to work again.
Here is a photo of Missy taken at the Lake on oe of these hot summer evenings.
Golden Ringed Dragon fly
Male beautiful Demoiselle
Female beautiful Demoiselle

Emperor in flight
Emperor laying eggs