Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Wings at Work

“Spending time with nature offers us all precious breathing space away from the stresses and strains of modern life, it enables us to experience joy and wonder, to slow down and to appreciate the wildlife that lives side-by-side with us.”-Sir David Attenborough

Butterflies offer a great deal to the our ecosystem which is far beyond what we see as they flutter past. Apart from adding colour and beauty to our surroundings, they support our environment in multitude ways  like:

Pollinate plants:

Butterflies are attracted to bright flowers for nectar. Their bodies collect pollen and transport it to other plants which helps fruits, vegetables and flowers to produce new seeds. Although bees are the best-known pollinators, butterflies so their fair share by pollinating differently. Bees pollinate in smaller areas where as butterflies travel longer distances, ensuring large coverage of flowering plants.

Sensitive indicators of the health of our environment:

Butterflies play a major role in increasing biodiversity by bringing native bees and birds. They are the low-level members of the food chain and a source of food for spiders, lizards, mice and other animals. Caterpillars are also eaten by bats, birds and other animals.

Natural pest control:

Along with nectar, butterflies eat aphids thus acting as a natural pest control.

Provide a clear indication of changes in the ecosystem:

Butterflies are sensitive to habitat and climate change. If their populations diminish, the impact will affect the entire ecosystem.

I enjoyed participating in the Big Butterfly Count this year which aims in protecting these remarkable insects and conserving them for future generations.

This post is part of Blogchatter's CauseAChatter

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Nature's Artistry

"Nature speaks to us through different images, landscapes, colors, patterns, and forms of exquisite beauty. As we admire nature’s extravagance, our emotions and feelings become part of it. This harmonious balance makes our souls happy."∼ Ralph Waldo Emerson

These photos showcase the remarkable beauty of the Lavender field.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Invite a robin for tea!

Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off and they are nearly always doing it.-Frances Hodgson Burnett

Robins and their red chests are an iconic sight in gardens. Capturing the beautiful moment when this songbird joined me for tea.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Beautiful Winter Sunrise

“ร”, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” ― Roman Payne

Getting up early to catch the glorious winter sunrise is definitely worth waking up for. The rutilant rays across the landscape make it perfect for photographs. Presenting the sky’s winter artistry.

Friday, July 9, 2021

A True Summer Marvel

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature - Gรฉrard de Nerval

Hollyhocks are biennials. In the first year they put on roots and foliage growth. In the second year they flower, set seed and then die. The showy bright blossoms along a single stem attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. The flowers come in various shades of red, white, purple, pink and yellow. Here are some interesting facts:
  • Hollyhocks are edible and can be added to salads.
  • The plant is a source of food for butterflies, worms and insects.
  • Their woody stems can be used as firewood.
  • The hollyhock is related to the hibiscus.
  • Hollyhock roots are used in traditional herbal medicine and a lotion made from the flowers can heal sunburn as well as dry skin.
  • Traditionally these flowers have been planted near the front door to welcome prosperity to the home.
  • They are considered as the colourful cottage plants and are a delight to the gardners because they are drought resistant and grow well in full sun. 
Presenting the stunning blooms of Hollyhocks.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Small Wonders

Cultures around the world see ladybugs as a symbol of luck, trust and good fortune. They come in a variety of colours and patterns such as red, orange, brown, yellow and can have spots or stripes. Ladybirds are usually found in grasslands, meadows, urban parks, forests, wetlands and gardens.

Why Are Ladybugs Important?

They form an important link in the insect food chain in our gardens and agriculture by voraciously feeding on aphids which are considered as pests. Ladybugs are an effective exterminator and more natural than pesticides.

How Do Ladybugs Protect Themselves? 

  • Bright coloured bodies and spotted patterns deter predators.
  • Tougher outer shell offers protection to it’s wings and soft inner body.
  • They can play dead when attacked.
  • Release a foul odour when provoked.
  • Upon being eaten, the ladybirds taste unpleasant or even potentially toxic, depending on who the prey is.
These creatures may be tiny, but they're certainly important and have a big impact on our environment.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Nature's Treasure

"It's a natural resource. But it's not unlimited." - Billy Mayes

Presenting the colourful display of beautiful gemstones, rocks and minerals which I came across during my recent museum visit. 

Protecting our natural resources is necessary for both our planet and our economy.

Gem Stones

Blue John

The Ostro Stone(Topaz)

Gem Stones