Some spring bees in Dublin

The weather this spring has been incredibly wet and cool, so I haven’t seen too many bees, but I did catch these photos in between bouts of rain. I love the hellebores, but it is so tough to photograph bees visiting these flowers…first, you have to photograph them basically upside down, and then the light […]

Links to share

I liked this article with tidy little observations about primroses and their interactions with bumblebees…some bumblebees have long tongues and can drink primrose nectar while others cannot reach the base of the corolla with their shorter tongues. I have yet to see a bee visit a primrose flower, but bees are not very abundant here […]

The Fallow Deer of Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in Europe, and it has a lot of really beautiful elements. One of its most popular attractions is its herd of semi-domesticated fallow deer. You’re not supposed to feed these deer, but (as you’ll see) tourists and locals alike LOVE to feed them. Intermingling crowds of tourists and […]

Photos from the River Field

This is the conservation area near Kilkenny where I collect my research plants. It is genuinely one of my favourite places in Ireland…there are barn owls and badgers and a little patch of heavenly woodland in an otherwise heavily agricultural region. The owner of the River Field had a blog where you could read about […]

Some photos from Kilkenny, Ireland

I was down in Kilkenny last weekend because I collect the plants I use for my field experiment from a conservation area down there. Last year, I went straight to the conservation area, but this year I had a little time to spend in the city itself, and I did some good old SOIMF* wandering. […]