After the Rain

After being cooped up for most of the day I had to get into the garden once the rain stopped. Domino had a similar idea. Apparently, according to a website I just read…

Shooting your pet from above will rarely capture them at their best angle. Much like you need to with children, get down to their level (or bring them up to yours if you can!) for greater eye contact, more natural expressions and to avoid the bird’s eye view which will overwhelm smaller animals.

I like to put these things to the test, and I reckon they came out OK. By the way, he had spied a pigeon.

Nothing beats that wind on the face feeling…

Hoverfly on Dahlia

Episyrphus balteatus, sometimes called the marmalade hoverfly on Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’.


The boy. Going mental at Da Bird.


Have been in the garden a lot recently and felt I ought to play around with the 50mm. Shallow dof lushness to start the day.


The boy had a slight incident with the wall on Tuesday, scared the life out of me as he crashed into it at full speed after losing his footing and somersaulting. I didn’t need that at half six in the morning… though I guess he didn’t really enjoy it either. Bashed his little face a bit and left a large lump above his eye. Still gorge though…

Thankfully, two days on, it seems to be on the mend. Sunbathing outside seems to be helping.

Lauxaniidae Fly

Lauxaniidae is a family of acalyptrate flies. It contains around 1800 described species in 126 genera distributed worldwide. These are generally small flies (length 5 mm or less) with large compound eyes, often brightly coloured in life. Many species have different patterned wings. Contrary to popular belief they do not have different patterned bodies.

The majority of species are found in the tropical regions of Asia and the Americas, with the exception of the Afrotropical region where few are found. Their species diversity declines strongly in the more temperate regions. There are slightly fewer than 180 species from Europe. Most species are inhabitants of forests, to be found on low shrubs, trees, and leaves. They are far less commonly found amongst dry or wet grassland habitats.

Folk Stones

19,240 individually numbered stones stand for the exact number of British soldiers killed on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

By Mark Wallinger. The Leas, Folkestone.

Salticus scenicus

It is so nice when a Jumping Spider comes to say hello. Zebra spiders are often noted for their ‘curiosity’ when observed by humans; many seem aware of their audience and seem to respond to observation by raising their heads and studying the observer.


Flies of the Diptera family Sarcophagidae (from the Greek sarco- = flesh, phage = eating; the same roots as the word “sarcophagus”) are commonly known as flesh flies. You can’t beat a flesh fly for all out grossness. This specimen is sucking on something vaguely jelly-like. Beautiful.

Looking Up

The Boy, pre-poo, at 06:30 hours. Looking up.