• Spotted on Dinas Head

On our coastal walk yesterday, we came across a flurry of mothy activity: dozens of the day-flying Six-Spot Burnet. They’re very distinctive in their red-on-black colouring.  They were feeding on betony flowers like there was no tomorrow, sometimes four or five to a stem.  Here is a handful of shots taken, as usual, with my little Ixus camera. They’re a bit rough and ready, but you can clearly see the moths’ huge antennae with strangely-shaped tips, their long proboscises and legs and their shiny blue-black bodies.

• A Few Seaside Snaps

On the one dry day of this Bank Holiday weekend, when otherwise it was a case of hunkering down around a log fire indoors while the rain lashed outside (aaah), I took my friends Rolf and Chris to Dinas Head and Trevose Head, west of Padstow.  I love this walk, for its panoramic views west, north and east, for its geological formations, for its range of lichens, and for its changeable weather.  Yesterday, there was a mild breeze blowing in from the west.  On another occasion, I had to crawl on hands and knees at the top of Dinas Head, so strong was the gale. This time, we relaxed in the company of place-names such as Booby’s Bay, Round Hole, Quies, Stinking Cove and Mother Ivey’s Cottage.

A few seascapes, the first two at Booby’s Bay:

This one has the strangely named ‘Quies’ in the distance:

And a few close-ups:

Quies again:

Last, but not least, to my favourite outcrop at Dinas Head – The Bull – this time with fading vapour trails and a dramatic weather front.

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