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The Green fingered photographer is a blog all about my favourite interests of Photography, Nature and Plants which have grown and complimented each other for a number of years
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Wednesday Wanderings - Wildlife Quartet
2008-05-14 10:30:00
Over this next four week period I will be showcasing more pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. At the end of the four weeks I will display all four pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog.(the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party) The theme for this quartet will be ....Wildlife This picture is called ...BalancingThe Four Spotted Chaser is one of the first dragonflies to appear. I still remember the day when I first became a dragon hunter and came across one of these, I followed it for ages to g...
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Green Space Update....
2008-05-13 11:05:00
A Busy Couple Of WeeksQuite a bit of work has been taking place over the last few weeks keeping us all busy. We have also been able to secure a bit more funding, with both Network Rail and Wellington News kindly donating £100 each to help us purchase more plants for the various areas. Birse Civils, who have an excellent reputation for supporting communities local to the areas where they are carrying out large scale construction, have also offered to help in our project. We also introduced ourselves to Lawley and Overdale Parish Council who have offered to help and support us. Meanwhile back in the various areas work has continued, in the wildflower area we have removed large amounts of grass that was starting to choke out the wild flowers. You can see from the above picture, that the top bit has had the grass removed and the bottom bit hasn't. This has been planned this way, as the grass is just as important, and over a 2 year cycle parts will have the grass removed and other area...
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Green Roof And Vegetable Patch - Green Thumb Sunday
2008-05-11 20:26:00
How To Join Green Thumb Sunday Green Thumb Sunday BlogrollOr checkout Green Thumb Sunday on Technorati The Green Roof on my shed has surpassed all my expectations even before any of the seeds have come into flower. Their is so much colour and every day when I pop up to have a look something different has come into flower or the seeds are that bit further on. It will be interesting from this point on to see how the plants cope with the drier weather, this might be the best that it will do, or if we have a little rain every now and then it will only get better. My neighbours are loving it to and it causes quite a lot of comment from the ones that can see it. The vegetable patch is also doing very nicely and it wont be long before the first veggies sampled. The radishes are growing by the minute and I reckon we will be eating them by next weekend.I do seem to be suffering a little from sudden veggie death syndrome. After a bit of investigation I discovered it was leatherjackets who were...
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Photo Hunters
2008-05-10 09:00:00
This weeks theme....Any Photo How To Join Photo Hunters Click here to see who else is playing Photohunt or checkout photohunt on Technorati. As you can choose any photo this week, I thought I would share with you this beautiful Welsh Poppy that opened up in my garden this morning.
Wednesday Wanderings - Wildlife Quartet
2008-05-07 20:40:00
Over this next four week period I will be showcasing more pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. At the end of the four weeks I will display all four pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog.(the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party) The theme for this quartet will be ....Wildlife This picture is called ...Orange Tip ButterflyOrange tip butterflies are a colourful symbol of spring time and are usually one of the first types of butterfly you will see. Their bright orange tips certainly stand out as...
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Down By The Tracks...
2008-05-06 21:50:00
Wildlife area at the Signal boxIn a little over 6 weeks it has gone mad down in the Wildlife Area at the Signal box. It would seem to be that if you stood still long enough you could actually see some thing grow. (click on the images to see them bigger) These mauve bells have done well this year and look great mixed in with the bluebells. The Red ants seem to like them and were crawling all over them. Bugloss is a member of the Forget-me-not family that does really well on the poor soil and comes up all over the place. I love its flowers and provides a nice splash of colour. The ants were all over this to, I guess they were looking for aphids. I don't know what it has been like by you , but this year the primroses and cowslips have excelled themselves. Their is great big yellow patches all over the wildlife area. With it being a more normal April, they have lasted longer to. It was also good to see my friends the Brown Lipped and the White Lipped banded snails, they even brought th...
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Blossom In The Orchard...Green Thumb Sunday
2008-05-04 01:59:00
How To Join Green Thumb Sunday Green Thumb Sunday BlogrollOr checkout Green Thumb Sunday on Technorati Blossom in the orchard Over the last week with the weather improving several of the fruit trees in the orchard are coming into blossom. The first to show was the Williams Pear. Then the Braeburn Applefollowed by the Kidds Orange AppleThe Morello Cherry And finally the Red Fallstaff Apple. All the rest of the trees are now into leaf and well worth a visit. One of the things on the 'to do' list, is to make an information board so that visitors can tell what type of fruit grows on each tree. Over in the wildlife area we have been working on removing grass that has taken over in the flower areas, as you can see from the picture their was quite a bit of grass and now that it has been removed allows the wild flowers a bit of space. It has also been seeded with a wild flower mix so should look fantastic in a few weeks.Around this time of year you will probably find you have plants that a...
Bitten By The Auricula Bug
2008-05-02 22:34:00
I've been bitten all over againSeveral years ago I was bitten by the Auricula bug. We would travel all over the place ,visiting nurseries and shows, as I couldn't get enough of these plants.Well a sad thing occurred, my interest in gardening wained and so did my love of auriculas and due to lack of care they slowly disappeared.Well I can now say that I have been bitten again and my auricula obsession has started off all over again. At this point if you listen carefully you might hear a loud groan. Don't worry , it's nothing wrong with your computer, it's the sound of my wife knowing what's coming.The reason for it starting again was because we visited a nursery that is not far from where we live to purchase some plants with the £100 that Network Rail had kindly donated to me so that I could purchase plants for the wildlife area. The nursery that we visited is Hill view Hardy Plants and like the name suggests , they specialise in hardy plants. They also have a large collection...
Wednesday Wanderings - Wildlife Quartet
2008-04-30 19:31:00
Over this next four week period I will be showcasing more pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. At the end of the four weeks I will display all four pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog.(the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party)The theme for this quartet will be ....Wildlife This picture is called ...Bee And Lavender Nothing says Summer more to me, than the sound of bees feeding on lavenderYou can view all the 'Wednesday Wandering' pictures at my web site Dragons and Damsels Wildlife Photog...
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And The Winner Is....For The Sixth Wednesday Wanderings
2008-04-28 23:11:00
Congratulations Go To....Cheryl who chose...Morning Sun The mounted picture will be on its way in the next few days . Wednesday Wanderings starts all over again this Wednesday, so watch out for the next quartet of pictures .If you would like to see all of the previous pictures you can visit my web site and look in the Wednesday Wanderings gallery.
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20,000 And Counting.....
2008-04-27 17:10:00
An Apiary in ShropshireI had the chance a few days ago to visit one of Shropshire's Bee Keepers, Stuart had very kindly agreed to show me around his Apiary. He has 6 hives in total in an orchard in his back garden. Their is plenty of blossom for the bees to feed on in his garden, but if the bees fancy going a bit further he backs onto a wood. Stuart has been keeping bees for around 6 years and has amassed quite a lot of information in that time. 5 of his hives are of the most common type, known as National Hives and he has one traditional type of hive , known as a WBC Hive . The national hive may not be the quintessential type of hive , but it is the most piratical type as it is easy to move around. Here you can see the bees entering and leaving the hive. It was interesting to watch his as the bees had different coloured pollen sacks on their legs depending which flowers or blossom they had collected the pollen from. Stuart offered to show me what was inside one of the hives, and a...
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First Community Newsletter
2008-04-25 18:30:00
Today saw the delivery of the first issue of the combined Lawley Green Space Group andNeighbourhood Watch newsletter.(click on letter to enlarge) (click on letter to enlarge) If you would like to find out any more information about Lawley Green Space Group you can E-mail me and if you would like to receive our Neighbourhood Watch E-mail alerts you can contact Steve with your details and he will add you to the list.Our next meeting is on Sunday May 11th at 11.30am at the metal arch. This is a community project so if you find that you have spare plants why not pop down and plant them whenever you feel like it.
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Wednesday Wanderings - Your Chance To Win
2008-04-23 18:45:00
Over the past couple weeks I have been showcasing pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. This is the fourth week .I will display the fourth picture together with all the three previous pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog. (the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party) The theme for this quartet has been ... Daisies This picture is called ...Field Of Joy Here are the three other pictures for you to vote forThis picture is called...Morning Sun This picture Is Called...Tangled Daisies This Picture ...
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Goats On The Roof...
2008-04-21 21:15:00
Would you like to know more about Green Roof s, then listen to me talking about my green roof on Podcast Number 128 .Richard from Wiggly Wigglers, came down here a few weeks ago to open the Orchard and have a look around the rest of the Green Space created by the Lawley Green Space Group.While he was here he recorded a snippet for the Wiggly podcast about the Green Roof on my shed. During the conversation you can hear us talking about where I got the information from on how to create the roof. Here is the link that will take you to the Living Roofs web site, where you can find everything you need to know on how to create a Green Roof .There is plenty more to listen to on the podcast so stay tuned...
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At Bursting Point...Green Thumb Sunday
2008-04-20 16:08:00
How To Join Green Thumb Sunday Green Thumb Sunday BlogrollOr checkout Green Thumb Sunday on Technorati After just over a month of being planted the fruit trees in the orchard are at bursting point All 16 trees have taken and are at various points of growth. With the weather expected to warm up next week I bet there will be much more to see soon.
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A Suprise In the Blackthorn
2008-04-19 13:10:00
Back in February I did a post about the Blackthorn Tree. Well I was down looking at the Blackthorn blossom that is by the Orchard area watching this blue bottle gathering pollen from the blossom and having a good clean .(click on images if you want to see them larger)I really liked the colour combination of the Bluebottle and the blackthorn blossom. I was quite impressed how this picture captured so much detail of the fly as I wasn't using a macro lens.While I was watching the fly I happened to notice this nest in the Blackthorn. I have never seen one quite like it before. It looked like it was made out of moss and the outside was covered in lichen and the petals off the blackthorn. I decided to wait around and see what bird came back to the nest. After around 1/2 an hour the owner of the nest returned. It was a Long-tailed Tit . I have seen a pair of these feeding from the peanut feeder in front of my house and had wondered had they set up shop close by. Well they obviously have a...
Wednesday Wanderings - The Daisy Quartet
2008-04-16 11:53:00
Over this next four week period I will be showcasing more pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. At the end of the four weeks I will display all four pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog.(the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party)The theme for this quartet will be ....DaisiesThis picture is called ...Morning Sun I think the title says everything about this daisy...You can view all the 'Wednesday Wandering' pictures at my web site Dragons and Damsels Wildlife Photography in the Wednesday Wand...
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More Planting...Lawley Green Space Group
2008-04-14 11:11:00
Saturday saw more planting being done by the Lawley Green Space Group . We concentrated on the new wildflower area, that is down towards the bridge that crosses over the brook. Virtually all of the 300 wildflower plugs have now been planted , shared between the Orchard and this area. The post that have been supporting the existing trees in the area have been removed, as they are now large enough to support themselves, and cut up to make the edging for the bed.3 more trees have also been added, 2 crab apples and a flowering cherry. the bed has also been split into three areas by paths that lead you down to the brook. One of the trees has been planted into the beds with a view of giving all year round interest. The path takes you to the fence in front of the brook, where you can watch and listen to the stream running into the brook. We got permission from English Partnership to clear out the brook so we could make it into a nice wildlife feature as you walk over the bridge. We have rem...
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AYear On And A Few Changes - Green Thumb Sunday
2008-04-13 12:34:00
How To Join Green Thumb Sunday Green Thumb Sunday BlogrollOr checkout Green Thumb Sunday on Technorati Well today The Green Fingered Photographer is a year old, I have found it to be a fascinating year, meeting loads of interesting and like minded people from all over the world, learning plenty of new things and generally enjoying myself.The idea of the blog was initially to show you our trials and tribulations of growing vegetables in our back garden, from that it has evolved to cover all sorts of topics that are of interest to me. I hope you have enjoyed the blog so far and I'm looking forward to another year of blogging with you all. My First post was about choosing which flower bed to turn into the vegetable patch. Once chosen it was cleared and planted with vegetables. 2007 turned out to be a very wet year and our efforts of vegetable growing was very poor. This is how the bed looks now as it was decided that a raised bed would be the best option to deal with the wetness, I bui...
Photo Hunters
2008-04-12 01:10:00
This weeks theme....Twist(ed)How To Join Photo Hunters Click here to see who else is playing Photohunt or checkout photohunt on Technorati. This flamenco dancer in Mijas, Spain was certainly twisting and swirling during her very energetic dance.
Up Close And Personal...
2008-04-11 11:00:00
The Common Wasp(click image to see it bigger...) I came across this wasp in by back garden this morning. It was very lethargic sitting on this violet leaf waiting to be warmed up by the sun. I used my 60mm macro lens to get this shot and I was surprised to see how hairy it was. This is because usually I'm trying to avoid them, particularly in late summer.Wasps do carry out a vital role of pollinating our plants, but this is over looked as people think they just go around stinging you. I'm going to try and take more notice of them this year, if I can...
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Wednesday Wanderings - The Daisy Quartet
2008-04-09 11:00:00
Over this next four week period I will be showcasing more pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. At the end of the four weeks I will display all four pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog.(the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party)The theme for this quartet will be ....DaisiesThis picture is called ...Tangled DaisiesI came across these Daisies in a meadow I was wondering through, It was early in the morning just after some rain. The sun was just coming out and it lit up this tangle very nicely....
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Spring Winteriness...
2008-04-08 16:38:00
Like the rest of the U.K. we had some snow on Sunday and Monday. it covered many of the flowers that were in blossom. Although the plants probably didn't appreciate it , I did as it allowed me to get some shots that I wouldn't normally get. It's all gone now and has been replaced with lots of rain, hoorahh .
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The Future Is Bright...The Future Is Green
2008-04-06 07:03:00
How To Join Green Thumb SundayGreen Thumb Sunday BlogrollOr checkout Green Thumb Sunday on Technorati Well it is in a small part of Lawley Richard from Wiggly Wigglers came up to our part of the world to plant the final tree in the new orchard and unveil a plaque to show when the orchard was planted. Children from Puddle ducks pre-school group, their mums, members of Lawley Green Space Group and members of Telford and Wrekin council came down to join us to celebrate the opening of the orchard. We even had a shiny royal spade to plant the Shropshire damson tree with. After Richard had planted the tree he enlisted all the children to 'firm the tree in'. The children made short work of firming it in and were then ready to each plant one of the 300 wildflowers we have. Not before a quick photo opportunity with the children, Richard and myself was had. We all got stuck in making holes for the plants, with the big-uns assisting where required.Once the plants were tipped out of the pots,...
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Photo Hunters
2008-04-05 07:05:00
This weeks theme....GlassHow To Join Photo Hunters Click here to see who else is playing Photohunt or checkout photohunt on Technorati. (to enlarge click picture) This female beautiful demoiselle appears to have a glass body, as she submerges herself under water to lay her eggs on the twig. It is the effect of all her tiny body hairs trapping air, it is something I have never seen before in my 6 years of being a dragon and damselfly hunter.
What is it called???
2008-04-04 17:00:00
I came across this in the existing wildflower area in front of my house. Now the question is ...is it a Prim Slip, a Prim Cow, Rose Slip or a Rose Cow???It is a mystery, I find it quite interesting that it has just come into flower now as the primroses are going over, but before the cowslips are in flower. I reckon its a very confused flower, what do you think?
Wednesday Wanderings - The Daisy Quartet
2008-04-02 21:15:00
Over this next four week period I will be showcasing more pictures on a related theme from my photographic wanderings. At the end of the four weeks I will display all four pictures for you to vote for your favourite. You can vote by leaving a comment on my blog . One lucky voter will win a A4 mounted print (400mm x 500mm mount) of their favourite picture (completely free of charge including P&P), which would normally be £35.00. I will choose the winner by putting the comments in a virtual hat and then notifying the winner via their blog.(the only time I will require an address is to be able to post the winning picture, once this has been done the address will be destroyed and will not be passed on to any 3rd party)The theme for this quartet will be ....DaisiesThis picture is called ...Summer Daisies This bunch of flowers was taken at the wildlife garden next to my signal box, a lovely sight to look out on when you are at work.You can view all the 'Wednesday Wandering' picture...
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The Square Object Is Revealed....
2008-04-01 12:24:00
Square Object Is Revealed Following on from the last post I mentioned that we had a square object at the back of the new orchard area, and that I would reveal what it is. If you haven't already guessed it is a Habitat tower The tower itself is made from 6 pallets placed on top of each other. The gaps that are then created I have filled with various items. These range from bricks, roof tiles, drainage pipes, rolls of turf, logs, branches, teasel stems and leaves. All these items were then placed into the spaces creating all sorts of habitats for any creature that wishes to use it. I have also placed straw into various nooks and crannies with a view that this could be used for bedding by mammals or as nest material for birds.I am hoping over time the wood will begin to rot down creating habitats that would be suitable for insects. The teasel tubes would be a good home for solitary bees, who would in turn pollinate the fruit trees in the orchard. I have also rolled up corrugated card...
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The Winner For The Fifth Wednesday Wanderings Is...
2008-03-31 23:07:00
Congratulations Go To....Top Veg who chose...What Time Is It????The mounted picture will be on its way in the next few days . Wednesday Wanderings starts all over again this Wednesday, so watch out for the next quartet of pictures .If you would like to see all of the previous pictures you can visit my web site and look in the Wednesday Wanderings gallery.
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Lawley Green Space Group - Green Thumb Sunday
2008-03-30 15:43:00
How To Join Green Thumb Sunday Green Thumb Sunday BlogrollOr checkout Green Thumb Sunday on TechnoratiLawley Green Space Group This is the most exciting project that I have ever been involved in. The reason why, is that it involves the community and the green space where I live.For the past 6 years I have been looking after a wildlife area in front of my house. I have been able to look after and maintain that area due to it's size. However I had other plans and thought this would be a great opportunity to involve the rest of the community.(to enlarge click on the images) As you can see large development work is taking place all around us . This development is called Ironstone and will involve some 3000 new houses, a school and local amenities. I along with everyone else am quite concerned how this will work out in the long run. But in the meantime we have to protect and use the green space, (that can't be built on), that we have. These top two views are taken from my house, I have l...
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