Busy Bees

I love this time of the year when the bees are mobbing the rhododendrons and are so absorbed by their nectar gathering that they pay no attention to a lens just a few inches away.

Elephant Hawk Moth

I saw this striking, large pink and brown moth on a wall in our garden one early June evening. It's an Elephant Hawk Moth, a nighttime nectar feeder that is said to hover outside of its chosen flower, feeding like a hummingbird.

Croft Head and back

I've been getting back into running and this route to Croft Head and back from Moffat is one I've been building up to. Probably not the best time to do it with the roasting weather, and my calves are really feeling it now, but worth it for the views. …

bike ride via eskdalemuir

The Moffat and Eskdalemuir loop is one of my favourite cycle rides. It's 102 km with 1800 metres of climbing so pretty hard work on the legs, but the roads are quiet and the scenery you pass by is sublime.

Sunbeams over Moffat

After a wild day of high wind and torrential rain, some spectacular skies.

Treeline, hills and cloudy sky.

The hills are to the south east, rising above the A708 Moffat to Selkirk road. To the left is 'Broken Back', and to the right, Croft Head.

Primrose

After the first meaningful rain in weeks, primroses bloom in the forests above Moffat.

Seeding dandelion

This picture was created from four photos taken at different focus depths so as to try to maintain a crisp focus throughout the seed head.

view from queensberry summit

A view from the summit of Queensberry across part of the Harestanes wind farm.

on the snow

On the now at last :-) From home it was 5 miles ride on tarmac before picking up a forestry/wind farm track for another 5 miles, then when I couldn't get any higher on the bike, it was a change to running shoes for a stiff but pretty short hoof to Queensberry's summit. It was fab to spend 3 hours soaking up the sun, making some useful vitamin D and attempting to put some colour into my pasty legs. The ride on the track was sketchy at times, but once again, my venerable old Dawes touring bike showed its merit.

snow patch on queensberry

The remaining depth on the snow patch is perhaps 1 metre at most, maybe 5 metres in height, and less than 100 metres long. A small chance it'll last until the beginning of May, but it's melting away very fast.

run out of road

Parking the bike for the hoof up to Queensberry.

harestanes wind farm

At Harestanes wind farm.