Posts Tagged ‘rain’

Raindrops on bramble

October 6, 2016 Leave a comment
Autumn colours in bramble leaves

Autumn colours in bramble leaves

A thunderstorm last night broke our run of fine days.

Even though the rain had been stopped some time, droplets persisted everywhere.

The thornless bramble is more decorative than anything. It has plenty of blackberries but they’re really hard to pick unless they’re at the peak of ripeness, and the birds have their eye on them as well.

Less scarce

July 15, 2016 Leave a comment
Scarce swallowtail butterfly - it has lost its swallowtails

Scarce swallowtail butterfly with swallowtails missing

It’s rained all day today – this photo is from a couple of days ago.

The so-called Scarce Swallowtail Butterfly is actually more common here than the Swallowtail Butterfly.

They’re both really beautiful but when you’ve known one as a caterpillar and a chrysalis it makes you a bit biased.

Rain-battered roses

June 3, 2016 Leave a comment
After the rain

After the rain

These single red roses have been battered by wind and rain.

The hoverflies still find them attractive, though.

Too much water, too little water

May 20, 2016 Leave a comment
So full it's almost an infinity pool

Almost an infinity pool

It’s rained almost non-stop now for two days.

The ground squelches underfoot.

Yesterday a thin line of water oozed under the seal of the kitchen window.

The water level in the swimming pool, high to start with in order to prime the pump, rose so high I had to empty some out.

The top of the GPL tank, which is situated so that it acts like a sump, needed bailing out – I filled nine buckets.

So in all this super-abundance of water, the taps run dry – twice: last night and again this morning.

According to the Water Company technician, an actuator needs replacing.


Moonlight and roses

May 19, 2016 Leave a comment
Roses at a happier moment

Roses at a happier moment

Rain and roses, or thunder and roses more like: a storm is passing overhead this very moment and will doubtless break the stem of some of these blooms.

But there was moonlight last night, as well as a deafening shrill of crickets.

Pearls and diamonds

May 15, 2016 Leave a comment
After the rain

After the rain

This frond of Spiraea has grown right up into an olive tree.

It would make the perfect virginal bride’s hair accessory were it not for the fact that the diamonds would fall off.

Flax through the microscope

May 14, 2016 Leave a comment
A flax flower photographed through the microscope

A flax flower photographed through the microscope

A tall, slender type of flax with very small blue flowers is popping up everywhere.

I’ve been too tender on it; really it shouldn’t be among the raspberries but I hate pulling it up.

The flowers close in the rain but there was just enough of a break between showers today for me to find this flower open.