Thursday, 31 March 2016

Peregrines at Sennen Cove

What a privilege - spotted a peregrine with a wood pigeon; it flew off to a more sheltered site and was joined by its mate - where they proceeded to rip it to pieces with great ferocity - fantastic!

Just love the feathers floating up! 

Sennen cove - Cape Cornwall - St Just - Sennen cove.

What a cracking day! Fantastic spring weather, an abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery!

Palmate newt, common toad, slow worm and choughs ....and a beetle! 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Felt balls.

After months of waiting, creating these from memories of Cornwall, and bringing them down from Cumbria, the sun shone and we got the photos (even if the spring squill wasn't out)!

Lizard point - Cadgwith - Kynance - Lizard point ....the wildlife.

Speckled wood and holly blue 

The National Trust are experimenting with 'invisible fences'. The electric fence is underground and
the ponies wear collars ...a great idea. Jackdaw and bloody-nosed beetle. 

Lizard point - Cadgwith - Kynance - Lizard point ...the walk.

A superb walk - sunny and fresh. Spring has arrived. Lots of chiff chaffs, spring flowers and a holly blue and specked wood. Missed seeing adders, which were apparently out and about.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Mousehole to Lamorna

A cold, wet and very, very, muddy walk along this favourite stretch of coastline.
Mousehole, where the entrance of the harbour was blocked up - presumably because of storm Kate; Lamorna where the evidence of the 2014 storms is still rather evident ....and two views - looking back to St Michael's mount and the headland just before Lamorna. 

Well I bought the spring squill felt balls down all the way with me - to photograph them in situ; in the
 sun next to the real flowers. If I'd have let go of them they's have definitely been last see heading out
to sea. Now there's an excuse for a return visit!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Cligga Head - mines and minerals.

Walking along the coast from Perranporth to St Agnes there is plenty of good 'scratting' opportunity on the many spoil heaps and the cliff colours and forms are magnificent. Apparently there has been more than 2000 years of mining activity on the site. 
The greisen sheet vein stockworks. Greisen is the anglo saxon word for granitic rock with tin ore and virtually no feldspar. The mines are best described by Dines (1969) in a massive memoir...but with a limited geological and mineralogical knowledge I'd need to do far more research to discuss this further! 
Mines on the cliff top and in the cliff face at Cligga.
Spectacular copper staining....
...and spectacular minerals. 

From Perranporth to St Agnes via Cligga Head.

A stunning walk along the heavily mined coast...the pictures of minerals will form another post - too many pics. The light was extremely bright and the squalls vicious!

Spectacular views and a treat to see thrift and fulmars...

Colourful rocks and minerals.....time for research! 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Constantine light...and foam.

A lovely late afternoon walk along the beach at Constantine. The sea was like a perfect meringue!

Constantine fishing net...

I love the colours and textures in these washed up nets.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Oystercatcher lino cut.

Loving my new Somerset satin paper and fresh lino.
Lino cut based on the photo of oystercatchers at high tide at Mawbray 

The source photo.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Pot marker poles.

In an attempt to remove some clutter from the garage we now have new garden sculptures....US crab pot markers and fishing buoys.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Spring flowers and seed heads....

A beautiful afternoon/evening ,,,so gardening and a dog walk. Even tatty old seed heads look lovely in the sunshine!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

First moth trap of 2016

With some calmer nights - time for the moth trap!
LH column, top to bottom: early grey; red chestnut; dotted umber
RH column, top to bottom: pale brindled beauty; hebrew character; March moth.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Camera trapping for Buzzards

On Tuesday Tom picked up a road casualty in the form of a hare that had been knocked on the side of the road. He then put it in a field that we've had many buzzards near to the house. He has named the individual with the two white feathers on his head Zeus and the other individual is Hades.
Buzzards and carrion crows early in the morning - fog and infa-red.
A dual photo compilation of the buzzards 
 A buzzard compilation