A march moth (Alsophila aescularia) was on the trunk of a sycamore tree near the moth trap
adjacent to the first engrailed (Ectropis bistortata) of the year.
A female Tegenaria gigantea was very confiding allowing some photos upto 5x life size.
The detail of a daffodil:
Although it was misty with a light frost there were still 2 new species for the year: one early grey (Xylocampa areola)
and one male dotted border (Agriopis marginaria). This latter is new for the garden.
There were also 11 hebrew characters (Orthosia gothica), 3 common quakers (Orthosia cerasi), a single clouded drab (Orthosia incerta) and a pale brindled beauty (Phigalia pilosaria).
A dry and still night was the best so far with 6 species. New to the garden was a red chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa).
There was also a chestnut (Conistra vaccini),
one pale brindled beauty (Phigalia pilosaria), 14 hebrew characters (Orthosia gothica), 6 common quakers (Orthosia cerasi) and 3 clouded drabs (Orthosia incerta).
A trip with the kids to Dalby Forest allowed me to do some creative shots exploring light and trees. More and larger images are available on the main website in the North Yorkshire Moors gallery. These images are made by panning the camera vertically whilst taking a shot with a relatively slow shutter speed.
Dalby beck had some weed on a branch on the opposite bank. I moved the camera whilst taking this shot.
These catkins were blowing in the breeze and so in order to convey the sense of movement I shook the camera whilst taking the shot. I experimented with different shutter speeds and speeds of movement to get the look I was after.
and found a hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale).
I also took several intimate landscapes of the rocks and pools and will add one or two of the abstracts in the next couple of days to the North Yorkshire Coast gallery.
Sunrise at North Bay, Scarborough. There were only a few clouds on the horizon, rather than the hoped for patchy across the sky. The sunrise was good though and I managed a couple of seascapes, including some minimalist ones.
See them in the North Yorkshire coast gallery.
See the North Yorkshire coast gallery
Unfortunately there was no sunrise, just an amorphous mass of cloud. I set up anyway and hoped that the light would improve. Luckily a few streaks of orange broke through to allow me my anticipated shot.
More photos are on the main website in the East Yorkshire gallery.
So far I have run the moth trap on 6 still nights in 2009 and have captured no moths.