Nature's wonders

I mentioned the hummingbird hawkmoth the other day and it has returned regularly to our patio azalea during sunny times.  The photo above is the best out of about twenty attempts with the camera to record its presence.  Researching the speed of wingbeats I have discovered that actual hummingbirds can hover at about 50 wingbeats per second, that bats can also hover, but their wingbeats are significantly less fast, but the hummingbird hawkmoth holds its position by hovering at about 85 wingbeats per second.  The blur in my photo is representative of that speed of wingbeat.

There is always something to be seen in the garden, no matter what time of the year, or so it seems.  Evidence of foxes, snails, pigeons and mice is all in terms of damage, but the growth resulting from rain and sunshine is extraordinarily lush at the moment, as it is in the countryside.  I was looking at the newly sown wild-flower meadow at Studland yesterday afternoon.  It is at the stage of greening up will, but out will be a while before the new seedlings reach flowering size.  In the meantime the docks are doing well - then again the weeds are rampant across the rectory garden too!

John Mann