Lens-Artists Challenge #225: Wildlife Close to Home

”Stop. Look. Listen. Doing those three things will help you discover the abundance of wildlife you have nearby.” I will follow Anne’s advice…

This summer we were fortunate enough to have a couple of Hummingbird Hawkmoths in our garden – guess if I was happy! An astonishing little creature that is not often found this high up north.

I love my bees and bumblebees of course, and since I planted even more flowers favourable to pollinators, they are increasing.

This little friend is a guest every summer, and while our plumtree was still alive, the hedgehogs feasted on the fallen fruit.

This Grass snake met a harsh destiny due to climate change. The sun warmed up too early and the snake was lured to wake up and venture out of its winter home. They go stiff when the cold returns, and there is no food either. I couldn’t do anything for him.

It is always a joy when this golden gem, the green rose chafer, visits my garden. Its flight is rather clumsy, but the sight of him is a true joy.

I am no spider enthusiast, but in a net of pearls it is OK with me.

This beautiful red kite was lying under a log in the forest. I don’t know how he got there, but they say this species often fight each other, so I guess that might have been his story. We took him to a gamekeeper, but he could not be saved. His wings were too damaged and he could not fly properly after a week, so he was unable to feed himself.

The nearest lake has its beautiful inhabitants, and of the mute swans there are several pairs. Cold winter mornings make them something extra.

”From squirrels to birds, wildlife is around us. What non-domestic animals live in your neighborhood or nearby?” Let us see your wildlife. Remember to link to Anne’s original post and use the Lens-Artist tag.

And, special thanks to Sophia for her interesting Exposure challenge. I hope you had fun with it – I certainly had! Next week we are pleased to tell you that our guest host is Jude of Cornwall in Colors. Visit her beautiful site for more inspiration.

Looking forward to seeing you – until then, stay kind and cool.

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  2. Gorgeous images, AC. I love the swans and the spider, especially, but they are all memorable. The rescue of the red kite is amazing. It’s wonderful that you tried to help him. Your images are a visual delight and make me smile. 😀😀

    • Thank you so much, Patti! I wondered at first if I would be able to produce ”wild life”…I think I associated it with lions and tigers too much…

  3. You live in a rich part of the world: all the way from flowers and plum trees up the food chain to red kites, even so late in the year. Wonderful photos too. I like that you left in the two which died; nature does include death.

    • Thank you, and yes, many people avoid seeing that life and death are one. The only thing we know for certain in our life, is that we are going to die.

  4. Oh, what beautiful photos! I can’t even pick a favorite 🙂 Thank you for sharing the stories, too, about the snake and red kite. So sad that they did not survive but you honor them with your photography.

  5. That was so not fair. First I gasped at the bee, then comes along a vast amount of hedgehog cuteness, a dripping spider and to finish beautiful swans in the mist. So good ❤

  6. Love the hedgehog, who looks so happy to find an abundance of plums in your years. The exquisite artwork of the spider? A great capture. Hawkmoths for the win for me. I learned of them here in AZ. So fun to watch. I plant native evening primrose JUST for them.

  7. Wow Ann-Christine, some real stunners here. The kite of course is so very sad, but the hedgehog is adorable and the pearly web makes me want to run out after the next rainstorm seeking a similar subject. For me though, a tough decision for favorite is the bee on the flowers. That is imply exquisite. Beautiful work as always

  8. Ann Christine, your critters are so cute. My favorite is the spider. What an awesome picture you took! I’m sorry the snake and red kite didn’t make it. But, that’s nature and there’s no changing it. Love that spider image.

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