A Day in the Garden

It was a quiet day in the garden, cutting the grass and clearing up some of the more overgrown corners. The gulls were flying overhead, and a buzzard passed over the garden being hotly pursued by an angry crow.

In the more sheltered fringes of the garden, spiderlings are appearing in numerous nests. These are the offspring of the garden spider (Araneus diadematus).

Down at ground level, a pair of bees were giving a real life demonstration of the 'birds and the bees'.

But this being our garden, there are foxes… The first shot is from Friday night, the remainder from Saturday late afternoon. They show perfectly the two sides of a young fox: the fierce rough and tumble, and the lazy inquisitiveness of a young mammal.

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Camera note: spiderling shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM; bees with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM; fighting fox cubs with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM; and the rest with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. studio41 July 1, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Absolutely amazing photos!

  2. SittingFox July 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Great shots of the spiderlings. I'm mostly seeing laceweavers at the moment – and those indoors :bug:

  3. gdare July 5, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    So many spiders. And one day they all will be huge :eyes:

  4. Words July 6, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Adele, indoor insects are always a bit of a problem! At least we've managed to avoid indoor spiderlings so far this year (I spotted a female with egg-ball last week and gently transported her outside). :bug:

  5. Words July 6, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Darko, huge, and able to make so many more spiders :yikes: :bug: 😀

  6. Words July 6, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Jill, thanks! The garden has been a great source of images this year.

  7. studio41 July 8, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Originally posted by Words:

    huge, and able to make so many more spiders


  8. Words July 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm #