Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Glass Half-full kind of Summer....


.... a glass half-full of rainwater, that is.


I should be sitting in the garden sipping chilled wine now, not watching rain running down the window.























And this rain-spattered drone fly should be hovering in a shaft of sunlight. Still, it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and .....





















..... these house martins have plenty of mud available for nest construction. They were collecting mud around this puddle near Tunstall reservoir in Weardale yesterday. Seems very late to be building nests - I wonder if they were collecting it for nest repair?


Perfect weather for slugs too. I shudder to think what they are doing to my garden, but this one was demolishing a buttercup flower in the road verge.


Good weather for fungal growth too. These brackets were on a dead branch in Backstone Bank wood near Wolsingham.

And good weather for ducks, like this mallard surrounded by rain-bejewelled grasses.


And the raindrops do make an attractive pattern in the shallow water around the edge of Tunstall reservoir.


Accentuate the positive, as the song says....



11 comments:

  1. Hmmm...it is an ill wind indeed.monsoon is already 15 days late for us.Our slugs and snails must be in despair now.

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  2. the drone fly picture is excellent, Phil. There was a paper review on the TV this morning including a picture of a fly covered in water droplets - it was amazing too.

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  3. Cracking shot of the dronefly.
    I find it fascinating watching how house Martins gather mud.

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  4. My garden is infested with hungry molluscs, lotusleaf..

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  5. It's interesting to see how waterproof their body surface is, isn't it Emma?

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  6. They seem so exciting about it too John - there was an awful lot of chattering going on!

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  7. Sweet shots! Even the slug looks lovely ;) Our rain has just managed to stop this weekend.

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  8. It's perking up a bit here now petoskystone - at long last!

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  9. I like the photo of the drone fly Phil and the shot of the raindrops and reflections, lovely

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  10. Hi Linda, I'm getting a lot of pictures that feature rain lately!

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  11. Hi Linda, I'm getting a lot of pictures that feature rain lately!

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