Wise Head……on Young Shoulders


I am in a bit of a reflective mood today (well we do come to the end of another year) and I got to wondering just how this little fellow was getting on.  We named him Snowy and he had been injured. Luck was on his side and he was rescued and found himself in safe hands at an Owl Sanctuary for treatment and recuperation. He seemed quite placid and at ease with his surroundings and recovering well.  It would be some time before they would know if he could return to the wild…..I do hope he did.

29th December

© 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