Garden & Wildlife 花園和野生動植物
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In Nature, if we look carefully, we'll see beauty in many little plants hidden here and there 在大自然見到的野花野草，小心觀之，各有其美:
Apologies that some of these photos are a bit blurry, I was sinking in mud at the time!
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More birds to come...
When the term wildlife is mentioned one will immediately have the impression of safari and David Attenborough, which require lots of resources and physical effort! However, people who have limited resources or poor physical health can still appreciate wildlife within their limitations. Below have captured what I saw when I go for slow walks nearby and when wildlife visits my garden in short video clips and photos. The two short videos below are of bumble bees and birds at Wat Tyler Country Park:
Birds: I find it very difficult to capture birds using my iPhone – they are too fast!
Here are some in slow motion. 很難影鳥，因爲飛得太快了，這是用慢速的。
Grey squirrels are looked upon as an invasive species while the red squirrels are much loved. I have not seen a red one but have seen loads of greys. Though they can be aggressive, this one in my garden appears quite cute!
Whenever I have no energy to do any gardening, which is often, seeds carried by the wind grow happily giving my garden a wild look inviting many wild creatures. I particularly like wild poppies, some red and some yellow. Whenever I tried to plant them at a spot of my choice, they died. Yet somehow, some wide poppy seeds fell into a flower pot and thrive, looking as if I planted them.
I do let wild flowers thrive in my garden such as these Ox-eye daisies happily attracting insects and moving gracefully in the breeze.
A Green Woodpecker 綠色啄木鳥
During the coronavirus lockdown and self-isolation, I was delighted to have captured my favourite bird with my iPhone. For years I have watched this beautiful green woodpecker that visits my garden. Its appearance always cheers me up.
A bumble bee is like a fluffy ball of energy, too busy busy minding its own business to be aware of the human watching it. 熊蜂就像一個蓬鬆的能量圆球，自顧自的忙忙碌碌，懒得去理會正在觀察它的人。
A Tiny Little Butterfly 細小的蝴蝶 :
Neglecting my garden for a while the lawn became quite wild. While mowing, apart from hearing next door's dog not liking the sound of the mower, I saw a little tiny butterfly that one could miss without looking carefully. It looked so fragile it might be blown away by the wind. 忽略的花園轉眼便野草叢生，剪草時，剪草機的嘈聲引起隔壁的狗吠，還看到一隻十分細小的蝴蝶，若不細看，便會錯過，它那樣柔弱，似不禁風吹。
Bird flying away from a drinking trough
鳥從飲水槽飛走 ― 這種給鳥獸牲畜用的水槽見於英國郊野。
My garden is of clay, and roses appear to like it. On L is a rose from my garden. The vase was given to me by the conductor Andrea Quinn. She visited me with flowers and a vase when I was in hospital for cancer treatment.
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My Garden in Autumn 秋天的後園
Trees and shrubs change colours. Evergreens seem greener amongst fallen leaves. 頗多樹葉變色，常綠植物被落葉襯托，看起來更綠了。
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Squirrel and Apple 松鼠和蘋果
Working in front of the window, I saw a squirrel pop out from the bamboo tree, with an apple in its mouth. It climbed down, ran towards the shed, then climbed onto the roof to eat the apple. Before finishing the apple, it climbed down again and ran towards the apple tree.