Five Wild Days
Firstly, let me just say hello and welcome to the very first post on Westcountry Wildling! I’m Zinzi, but if you’re here then there’s a high chance you already know that. If not feel free to pop on over to the about page to read a little bit more about me and my reasons for starting this blog.
As a child I was infatuated with the great outdoors, but in recent years I’ve been feeling a little disconnected from nature, as I think many of us are, and wanting to do something about it. That’s where this blog comes in!
Inspired and motivated by The Wildlife’s Trust 30 Days Wild June challenge I’ve decided its about time I strengthen my connection with the natural world, make use of some of the photos I take that have previously sat unseen on my hard drive, and start blogging (for the first time in a very long time, I may be a little rusty) about my journey along the way.
30 Days Wild – Days 1 to 5
Day 1 » Not the Best Start!
Although I had intended to do far more for the first day a pounding migraine meant my body had other ideas. I managed to drag myself into the garden and spent some time sat quietly admiring the birds. I love this time of year in particular as I’m lucky to get quite a few fledglings, still trying to get to grips with life, in the garden. I challenge anyone to not find their clumsiness super endearing, watching them explore the world just makes my heart melt.
Day 2 » Exploring the Clay Trails
To make up for the lack of activity on day 1 my mum and I decided to grab Bruce, our trusty staffie sidekick, go for a trek around part of the clay trails. The day started out pretty hazy and we hadn’t anticipated just how hot it was going to get so we were left wishing we’d picked somewhere a little more sheltered. I returned home a few hours later aching like mad, exhausted and crispier than I’d have liked and had to call on Miss Vera (first name Aloe) to help. Oops! I also took my first ever photograph of a common blue damselfly, albeit not a very good one… They’re fast!
Day 3 » Garden Downtime
Still aching from the previous day – a sure sign that I need to be more active – I decided to stay closer to home and work on some things in the garden. I shot a ton of video which I’m hoping to turn into something to celebrate my 30 wild days and use as a way to practice working with video. A lot of the day was spent watching a really cute young blackbird that’s still figuring out how to navigate the world without falling over, daddy blackbird always close by. His clumsiness has led us to nickname him Baby Bumble. You’ll notice that all the critters I encounter (along with practically everything else in my world) tend to get given silly names.
Day 4 » Tiny Terrors
Armed with a macro lens and a brave face (haha) I decided to go hunting for miniature beasts. The world of insects both fascinates me and makes me shudder, simultaneously drawing me in and making me want to run a mile. It’s easy to see where so much of science fiction gets it’s inspiration.
Day 4 is also the day that Westcountry Wildling was born, with the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all going live!
Due to the heat of the day (I’m learning after day 2!) I decided to wait until late afternoon before venturing out to a small bit of woodland nearby where Bruce likes to paddle in the stream. Came across the largest patch of elderflower I’ve seen in years so I’m looking forward to going back to collect some and making cordial for the first time.
Had a laugh when I caught two dock beetles in the act. The female (I assume) was far more interested in munching her way through the leaf – a bid to escape, perhaps? – than she was in anything happening behind her. Pretty sure that if she’d had a phone to distract herself with that’s exactly what would have been going on; she certainly appeared to be regretting the choices she’d made leading up to this moment… I feel ya girl!
As the sun began to set I took some time to sit among the flowers and watch the fluffiest little orange bee I’ve ever seen – I’m told it was likely a common carder bee – and an adorable little blackbird hopping through the buttercups and daisies searching for worms, resulting in what is the most summery photograph I think I’ve ever shot. View it along with some of my other favourite photos from days 1-5 in the gallery below!
In case you happen to be wondering why I’m posting the first 5 days on day 10, I’d initially intended on splitting 30 Wild Days into 3 posts of 10 days, but after realising just how long this blog post was becoming I’ve decided to split it into 6 posts. Come back on Sunday for days 5-10!