Plus 2 hen Chaffinches.


A Fairies Tale


Me, I’m a young 72, my doctor might tell you different, happily married for over 40 years, 3 children, one of each. A  great granddad, don’t think I’ll get to great great.  In my younger days I was by virtue of the armed forces, my Dad in the RAF, myself later on in the Army, a bit of a traveller.  Covered most of western Europe from Norway to the Mediterranean, including Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and Libya. I did get close to the Eastern States, in as much as I fell asleep on a trans European express train, which had departed from Monchengladbach, my destination being well within western Germany. Fortunately it was a west Germany border guard that woke me at the east German border, shudder to think what might of happened had I crossed over? Cost me a small fortune to get to where I wanted to be, excess fare for the distance travelled beyond my destination then what it cost to get me back.

Always had an interest in wildlife, and I am an to this day ardent naturalist in all its aspects, photographing all I observe as records, which, if accepted, are added to various record collecting institutions, and of course the inevitable websites, even had a few published in a few books. My main interest in the field is in all forms of Hemiptera, sought out by using various sampling methods, usually sweeping, or tapping, hate the word beating re the latter. I do venture out most days depending on my health and the weather, not forgetting domestic chores that need attention. However as of late I don’t go far, no more than 3 walking miles there and back. I do consider myself, with regards to my location, a very lucky person. Alluding to the latter, I live in Lincoln City, which is as good a place as any from a naturalists point of view, several lakes, woods, nature reserves, a river, countless streams, three custom parks, and in its day a wildflower meadow right at my back door. Then there’s my gardens’ the place where I became only the second person in the UK to record Zyginella pulchra, the first record was made by Dr. Alan Stewart way down in Sussex in 2001, from memory mine was in 2008. I have had a first for the UK, namely Conostethus venustus, find out more by clicking on the link, thank you.


Where I live now, the City of Lincoln, England,  is not from where I hail, no, I am a Taffy, and that’s another story, suffice to say Lincoln is where I live now, since 1969. I left Wales at the age of 4, from then to 1969 is a period I’ll cover at a later date. I’ll leave an image of a sculpture, which I think was inappropriately titled, ‘Empowerment’.  I have used the title, ‘Liberated’ for indeed that is how I felt when I first arrived in Lincoln. Click on the links for a virtual tour of the City, enjoy!


Order: Hemiptera

Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha: Excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

The Auchenorrhyncha (former synonym: Cicadinea) suborder of the Hemiptera contains most of the familiar members of what was called the Homoptera – groups such as cicadas, leafhoppers, treehoppers, Planthoppers, and spittlebugs. The aphids and scale insects are the other well-known “Homoptera“, and they are in the suborder Sternorrhyncha. Lesser-known insects largely regarded as Homoptera are the Coleorrhyncha. However, the taxonomic status of the Hemiptera and Homoptera is currently under investigation and discussion. See Heteroptera and   for more information.

Distributed worldwide, all members of this group are plant-feeders, and many are vectors of viral and fungal diseases of plants.

It is also common for Auchenorrhyncha species to produce either audible sounds or substrate vibrations as a form of communication. Such calls range from vibrations inaudible to humans, to the calls of many species of cicadas that can be heard for hundreds of metres, at least. In season, they produce the most characteristic and ubiquitous noise of the bush.

Suborder: Heteroptera

The Heteroptera are a group of about 40,000 species of insects in the order Hemiptera. Sometimes called “true bugs“, that name more commonly refers to the Hemiptera as a whole, and “typical bugs” might be used as a more unequivocal alternative since among the Hemiptera, the heteropterans are most consistently and universally termed “bugs”. “Heteroptera” is Greek for “different wings”: most species have forewings with both membranous and hardened portions (called hemelytra); members of the primitive Enicocephalomorpha have completely membranous wings.

The name “Heteroptera” is used in two very different ways in modern classifications; in Linnean nomenclature, it commonly appears as a suborder within the order Hemiptera, where it can be paraphyletic or monophyletic depending on its delimitation. In phylogenetic nomenclature, it is used as an unranked clade within the Prosorrhyncha clade which in turn is in the Hemiptera clade. This results from the realization that the Coleorrhyncha are just “living fossil” relatives of the traditional Heteroptera, close enough to them to be united with that group.

The Gerromorpha and Nepomorpha contain most of the aquatic and semiaquatic members of the Heteroptera, while nearly all of the remaining groups that are common and familiar are in the Cimicomorpha and Pentatomomorpha.

A Fairies Tale

Strolling through my local wood, fading light, nearly dusk. I stopped to look around for I thought I heard a whispering voice. There was no one there that I could see, yet the whispering, it was really close. A little worried I became for the voice, it called my name. I looked up, I looked down, then I spied a toadstool, no two. Then as I bent down to closer look I felt a little breath of air, as what ere it was flew past my listening ear. Momentarily distracted from looking toward the ground, I looked up to see Fairies flying all around. I must confess I was taken quite aback. Then one, it flew toward me, hovered as it said, “We have watched for years, and like to thank you for all that you have done”. They could see that I looked confused, but before I had a chance to speak, and ask them what was going on, they all fluttered by, and thanked me, one by one. I thought as they were leaving, that no one’s  going to believe it,  but then, as if they had read my mind, the one who had thanked me initially, came back and said, “We all understand that your wife,  and friends you’ll tell,  and so that they will believe, we’ve left you a little rose so you can prove that it’s all true”.  Well the wife I gave the rose, not sure that she believes, but just in case you out there think I’m one that might try to deceive,  I took a photo of that rose so all can see how tiny it is. Now what you make of it is rally up to you, all I can say is “I have enjoyed conveying my “Fairies Tale”, to you .

A fairies tale
A Fairy Tale Come True

Fairy Tales and Recipes for the Adventurous – FRIENDLY FAIRY TALES

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers

cffcOne of my Passion Flower photographs is my entry for the Blue or  Purple flower challenge. Here’s a little about the vine.

Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the namesakes of the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous. For information about the fruit of the passiflora plant, see passionfruit. The monotypic genus Hollrungia seems to be inseparable from Passiflora, but further study is needed.

Excerpt from Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. Text under a  CC-BY-SA license

Passion Flower

Passion Flower – Family: Passifloraceae Genus: Passiflora

CFFC Purple and Blue Flower

Aug 2016 Daily Prompts

Reach I try, but the sky so high.

Obsessed, I am, I don’t deny.
Surface rough, or surface flat,
Maybe nether, cant be exact.
Joke I can, you need not laugh
Luxury wow I now have a bath
Paint its my life its what I do
Stubborn sometimes aren’t you
Praise is earned not just given
Craving peace I’ve always striven
Muse on a life better for us all
Profound sure but aren’t we all

48 thoughts on “About”

  1. You have beautiful site here and are quite accomplished both personally and professionally. I am impressed you are a great grand dad at only 72. I married later in life and had my two sons close to 40 so will be lucky if I see grandmother 🙂 You also seem to be a very happy and positive person! I look forward to reading more of your work.

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    1. Rightly or wrongly I like to perpetuate myths, why folk feel the need to explain them away, is beyond me. As a youngster I was heartbroken when the Fairy myth was exposed. Hasten to add, and I must, for I do understand that they are all partly fiction, but also in some cases based on reality. All a tiny bit tongue in cheek.

      On a more serious note, I, like you, have an accord with nature too, often going out of my way to encourage people to understand it, and not just take it for granted.

      Wishing you a super, great weekend,


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  2. Nominated for Versatile Blogger Award

    I’m very thankful for receiving this NOMINATION for Versatile Blogger Award. The nomination came from lucarna

    These are the rules:
    1. Show the award on your blog.
    2. Thank the person/people who nominated you.
    3. Share 7 things about yourself.
    4. Nominate 15 blogs.

    ⦁ I am Welsh
    ⦁ I am an amature entomologist
    ⦁ I like wildlife macro photography
    ⦁ I love all music especialy trance.
    ⦁ My favorite TV viewing is wildlife documentaries.
    ⦁ My favorite book is On the Origin of Species Author Charles Darwin
    ⦁ Long before the internet was available to everybody, I loved talking to people from around the world via C.B, radio.

    15 blogs I have nominated.
    Thanks to all for the inspirations.

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  3. For some reason I hadn’t read your About page before. Small world! My father was also in the RAF: a chief-tech. He was also stationed in Germany at one time and one of my brother’s was born there. Dad also spent time in Malta and Aden.
    For three years we lived at West Camp in St. Athan near Llantwit Major in South Wales ( sure you know it!). He also worked at Cosford and finished his time at Sealand near Chester, where he and mum have lived since 1969.

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  4. Thank you for following my blog. You sound like a very sound and interesting person…and i envy you a bit on being granddad and more. My son and daughter study and work all the time, and there is no grandchild in sight…I do share your passion for nature – I will follow you back. Have a great week.

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  5. Enjoyed your site and the pictures. At 75, soon to be 76, I recently became a great granddad for the second time. My wife and I just celebrated 53 years together this past May. Looking forward to following your adventures.

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  6. Hi, you found the blog where I write about photography. If you take the time to browse beyond my latest post you’ll find that photography is the only subject I discuss and my topics always change.
    Nice to be in contact, I plan on spending time wandering your site.

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      1. I’d like to interview your experience, being on a non US military just different questions like that and a few more but easier over e-mail? I don’t mean to be an annoucance


  7. Thanks for following my blog, lovely to discover you. It was so good to read young at 72 🙂 It is so good to see you managing so well in the blog world, I am so impressed and motivated with you and Yes you have wonderful eye for pictures.

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