Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Getting Warmer


It’s been a warm and muggy day today, with a few heavy showers, in fact it got so warm  outside that we considered opening some windows to let some heat in. With small windows and thick stone walls the house is tardy to warm with the heat  of the sun and whilst the outside world has been trotting around in T-shirts, indoors, sat at the PC, I’ve donned a fleece.

Some photos from the pond, the blue damsel flies are prolific, I’ve never seen so many and at the rate at which they were mating  it would suggest even more for next year.

Damsels en mass 

And a couple of odd shots; the ‘oil on water’ colours come from the reflections on the water of the purple and yellow Iris and the blurry look from the frantic wing flapping.

Odd shot 2



Odd shot


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “Getting Warmer

  1. Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many damselflies in one spot before. Great shots.

    We have a noticeable lack of blue damselflies this year. They’re all yellow. Perhaps all of our blue ones flew across the big pond and are residing with you and that explains the increase in numbers.

  2. we’ve tried opening the windows to let in the warmth … doesn’t work. There’s something about thick stone walled buildings that means they never quite lose their chill. Which would be nice if we lived somewhere hot.

  3. Those damselfly photos are magical.

  4. Great shots. I love the reflections and the blurred ones in the background, creating interesting abstractions.

  5. you lucky thing – down here in the south, I live in a back to back house (not through draught) and the temperature is close to 30 degrees C..


  6. Oh my, look at the faeries dancing . . . I think your damselflies rank with Monet’s waterlilies for sheer magic. (I wonder, do you suppose we’d see the pond the same way if our eyes hadn’t been “conditioned” by Impressionism?)

    Very warm and muggy here, too, even down on the bayshore and in the shady Writing Studio & Bait Shop. It feels like the sky has settled on my head. The only critters happy about developments are the mosquitoes, and they are out in force.

  7. Wow, most impressive!

    We’ve an unusually high number of Azure Damselflies this year too though I’ve not seen such a glorious mass ovipositing session. Nice capture.

    • I legged it up to the pond when I got home yesterday afternoon, hoping for another shot at them……… but just one pair remained. I must just have been in the right place at the right time. I’ve seen 15-20 pairs at once, but nothing like that before. I nearly didn’t post those photos, glad I had a change of heart

  8. I like the shots – I love damsel flies, especially with the disappearance of butterflies and dragon flies, they are the few insects that bring colour to the garden.

  9. Great photos, the blue damsel flies are such a fabulous colour, it’s good to see so many of them.

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