Like a green waterfall – the different shades of green are really pleasing to the eye. They just emanate vitality, health and energy. And how gently they sway in the breeze!
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A beautiful hot afternoon created quite a commotion in our little garden. The buzz and flutter that went on in the trees, bushes and around plants was amazing. I spent hours trying to catch some close-ups of the beautiful visitors.
These butterflies are maybe the most common around here. In Finnish we call them “stinging nettle butterflies” but I found out that in English they are called “small tortoiseshells” (I wonder why?). The Finnish name is quite logical since the larvae feed on stinging nettles. These colourful creatures seem to love our mint flowers. This photo revealed to me how transluscent their wings are, and how their antennae almost look wiry close up! I was also totally unaware how hairy they are in the middle!
I started wondering how much primary school teachers or biology teachers make use of all modern technology to get students into hands-on nature observation.
Blackcurrants in my brother’s garden are ready to be picked. The branches are really heavy with the clusters of berries.
This is a superfood, rich in vitamin C. I must say, on their own they taste quite bitter, but we usually make juice out of them. In my childhood, the common cold medicine used to be hot blackcurrant juice. It eased a sore throat in an instant! I can also remember how much more I used to enjoy picking these berries, sitting comfortably on a stool in the garden, as opposed to squatting in a mosquito infested forest for blueberries, for example!
It seems to be the season for many flying insects. A few days ago, the flying ants left their nests in their millions, and the air was absolutely black with them. Now it’s the dragonflies that land in different places in our garden. In the hope of catching a better close-up of their magnificently shiny wings, this was the best I could manage today.
Why not just spend the hot day in the garden, reading an entertaining novel, and lazying round? It’s holiday time, after all! Why are we so conditioned to constantly be productive and busy? It’s good to kick the bad conscience at times, and just relax. And even to kick off the flimsiest flip-flops, too, and just walk barefoot!