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

Stranger At Our Door


I literally came face to face with a grasshopper this morning, it was on the front door of (it probably wanted to come in out of the rain, it’s late afternoon now and it is still raining.) Tom and I had a mad scramble to get the camera, but it wasn’t in the mood to hop off anywhere so we didn’t need to have rushed.

Grasshopper 3

I’ve often heard them here in Devon, but seldom seen any, and certainly not one as big as this.

Grasshopper 2

Toms hand for scale,

I think it might be a long winged cone head but I’m not sure.

(Tom is considering supplementing his pocket-money by working as a hand model.)


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 “Stranger At Our Door

  1. Nice piece of serendipitous photography.

    I know how often animals scoot before you can get the camera on them so it’s always a pleasure to see one captured, especially up close.

  2. That’s a big one! xx

  3. Wow. That’s one big grasshopper!

    I think Tom would make a good hand model. He posed his hand quite well for the perspective shot. 🙂

  4. See, that’s why it’s important to have support staff for a blog. It’s hard to take pictures one-handed.

    D’you think the insects are planning to make their big move? I’ve been reading up, and there are lots more of them than there are of us. Judging by the size of this fellow, they’re working out at the gym, too.

  5. Wow! He’s beautiful and he knows it, haha! Posing for pics and all 🙂 and that shade of green…envy 😉 ~ER~

  6. They bite, you know. The only grasshopper I’ve ever seen hopped on to my knee of its own accord and then took a chunk out of me.

    • You’ve taught me something I didn’t know – thanks! I’ve never been bitten personally, and am not going to start worrying about it now. I’ve been bitten by far worse.

      I think I admire them a little bit more now! Tough guys!

  7. i love your photos from devon! its like a little holiday over cyberspace!

  8. Did you look up locusts? These guy is huge, we’re talking biblical proportions here. I wouldn’t want a plague of his sort descending on the town.

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