August….. and a Fresh Start


Slapton Ley, Start Bay, The South Hams, Devon

A rather idyllic place on a sunny summers day.  Slapton Ley Nature Reserve.  The reserve was formed when water was trapped behind the shingle bank of Start Bay.  It is the largest freshwater lake in south west England…..being located so close to the sea, only a matter of yards, with just a fragile shingle beach as protection, it form a rather unique habitat.  Great place for Bird watchers.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2020




Signs of the Times…….

Folk have always put up signs telling us what to do, or not to do, some helpful other just obstructive, many  are  to establish ownership….THIS IS MINE – KEEP OFF.  Some shops even have signs explaining why they are rude to customers! 

May be it is a habit that has become more prevalent as we post messages on the blog, Facebook, twitter and the rest. So I guess it is no surprise that any self respecting household that wants to be ‘in tune’ with fashion, displays a sign or two about their home.  Every Garden Centre, Gift Shop and Décor Boutique have masses to make your choice from….


It would seem that most of these signs are produced in China then shipped halfway round the world for us to grace the kitchen, bathroom or wherever. China the historical land of proverbs…..I wonder what they make (apart from a load of dosh) of our modern day sayings and proverbs?

31st August

© David Oakes 2013


My offering for this weeks Photo Challenge is one of my favourite shots, of one of my favourite locations.  The location is Northumberland on England’s North East Coast (just below the Scottish border), Bamburgh Castle overlooks the long beach with extended views to the Farne Islands.   Looks relatively calm and on some days it is even tranquil…but on others it can be wild, windswept with raging seas. No matter what the weather it is always a magical place to be…..


31st August

© David Oakes 2013

A Morning of Contrasts…..

A very bright start to the day, but the woodlands were spectacularly and mysteriously dark….


A very marked contrast to the blue skies across the fields.  It started out as gin clear blue sky but the seasonal change left an overnight chill ideal for creating early morning vapour trails….


The damp spring and warm summer have been ideal growing conditions this year for both ferns and bracken, this dead tree stump now playing host to a new ‘fernery’……


But it is the Silver Birch woods that really provide a home for the bracken, still bright green with only the odd frons starting to fade and hint at the autumn colours to come….


Just another lovely late summers day…….

29th August

© David Oakes 2013

Late Summer Favourite……

Rosebay Willow Herb graces our hedgerows through the late summer, most definitely a flower to symbolise August.  Not loved by everyone but loved by bees and certainly one of my very favourite wildflowers.  They are getting past their best but still manage to add grace to the side of fields and against the hedges….


Past its best it may be but the petals glow and the seed bods glisten.  Soon the pods will burst and spread a web of a cotton like cloak…..

Jeans-Cam-Aug--05145_003But of course nature always has a purpose it what it does….these waspish cotton like threads are there to be caught in the wings of birds and swept along in the wind to spread the seeds far and wide.

The morning had indeed started blustery shaking berries of this young Rowan that has been struggling to find space to spread in the thick woodland…..


For those of you who think it is only flora that I feature from my morning walks, I though I ought to let you see a Owl that I managed to capture on camera.  This Tawny Owl has been perched on this stump patiently waiting for me to stalk him….not just for a few hours, or a week not even a month but possible for years…..finally his patience was rewarded and the image captured….


But on closer examination I reckon he is really a she, perhaps the young chicks hiding in her shadow are the clue!

May be one day I will get the real thing.

28th August

© David Oakes 2013