Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Spring: Season of bursting buds and buzzing bees

April's Charms
by William Henry Davies (1871-1940)

When April scatters charms of primrose gold
Among the copper leaves in thickets old,
And singing skylarks from the meadows rise,
To twinkle like black stars in sunny skies;

When I can hear the small woodpecker ring
Time on a tree for all the birds that sing;
And hear the pleasant cuckoo, loud and long --
The simple bird that thinks two notes a song;

When I can hear the woodland brook, that could
Not drown a babe, with all his threatening mood;
Upon these banks the violets make their home,
And let a few small strawberry blossoms come:

When I go forth on such a pleasant day,
One breath outdoors takes all my cares away;
It goes like heavy smoke, when flames take hold
Of wood that's green and fill a grate with gold.

Red-tailed bumblebee queen (Bombus lapidarius)
Common carder bee queen (Bombus pascuorum)
Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)
Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias)
Early bumblebee queen (Bombus pratorum)
A little hoverfly in an azalea flower
Bee-fly (Bombylius major)
Alpine clematis (Clematis alpina)
Mining bee (Andrena sp.) in a tulip flower
Spotted deadnettle (Lamium maculatum)
A Horse chestnut tree
Buff-tailed bumblebee queen (Bombus terrestris)
Cowslip (Primula veris)
Hairy-footed flower bee female (Anthophora plumipes)
Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
A Japanese maple leaf
Ornamental cherry tree (Prunus sp.) blossom
Ornamental cherry trees in April
Cowslips, daffodils and cherry blossom
A little crab spider hiding in a daffodil flower
Crap apple tree flowers
Drumstick primulas (Primula denticulata)
Snake`s head fritillary (Frittilaria meleagris)
A green-bottle fly in a Lesser celandine flower
Small tortoiseshell sipping nectar from a Grape hyacinth
Daffodils on the University of Reading campus
A Comma butterfly on ornamental cherry flowers
A little mining bee (Andrena sp.)
A honeybee
Young Sycamore leaf
Cowslip in early morning sunshine
Hairy-footed flower bee male
Wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
A little fly sitting on a Snake`s head fritillary flower
An ornamental cherry tree in full flower
Bumblebees like the cherry tree flowers
A little Common toad, perfectly camouflaged


  1. these are exceptionally beautiful. i like the picture discription. thank you for these.

  2. These are amazing photos, just beautiful :o)