Now is a good time of year to spot fungi, and there are some interesting specimens to be found.
I can’t name any of these, so you’re on your own I’m afraid. I’m really not very good with fungi, and can probably count all the species I know on one hand.
I liked the whole rotting section of this tree so I photographed it for you!
I also found this twig covered in lichen. I love lichen, it’s so fascinating. Lichen is actually two organisms living together as one; a fungus and an algae. That’s basically like you being part human and part tree! Also, they are so adaptive they can live pretty much anywhere. They are proper hardcore! There are at least three different types of lichen on that twig below. In the photo, you can most obviously see the yellow one and the white one next to my fourth finger. There’s also a smaller blacker one, but he’s not so obvious!
I went for a bracing walk at the weekend (it was freezing!) and spotted quite a few birds. I went to Denton Reservoir, which is always a good place to spot birds. These photos were taken with my Nikon D60. I bought a new camera this week (eeep!), which is a Nikon Coolpix p520 (link to my Flickr photo). I do love Nikon! The new camera is beautiful, and I’ll show you some photos from it soon.
Seagull mid-flight. I love this photo!
Little duck couple having a snooze.
Bit blurry, but this grey wagtail was hopping about near the waterline.
There’s been some debate about this bird on Facebook, but the general consensus among my Facebook friends is that it’s a yellowhammer. Note that with the grey wagtail above that makes two yellow birds in one walk. Exciting, for me at least!
On the way round the reservoir, I also spotted this gold-ringed dragonfly on the grass. It was still alive, but I suspect it was probably dying in the cold.
I’ve got some fungus photos coming up in another post. Have a lovely Thursday!
Some photos for you today. Have a lovely Wednesday.
This weekend I went down to the reservoir for a walk and some blackberry picking. It was an ill-timed expedition, as it was warm and humid and the mosquitoes were out in force! However, we got lots of fruit for a crumble and I took a couple of photographs.
This photo is actually from a walk the week before. It is a monument to a horse called Black Butcher, who died on a hunt in the wood in the 1800s. The monument was installed where the horse fell (and was buried).
The title says it all!
Can you see the cricket? They’re hard to photograph, so apologies for the slightly blurry shot. It’s the best one I took. In Lincolnshire, you can often here crickets singing away when you’re in the countryside. They’re hard to spot though, thanks to evolution! This one was actually right next to the car when we were coming back from a walk, and I just happened to see it out of the corner of my eye. I have no idea how. We have them at the allotment too, and they’re much easier to spot as we don’t have so much flora around. I haven’t seen any this year though.
What I am standing on? I imagine most Europeans will give it a good go, but I guess those from “young” countries probably won’t recognise it.
It’s an old wall that’s been buried by time (I mean really old, you’ll see in a min). You can see the stones that would have been part of the wall when it was in existence. This particular structure is a rampart for a fort, and I am standing on the top of it. It’s an Iron Age Fort rampart, and is thought to date back to 1000BC (that’s 3000 years ago). No-one knows what this fort was actually for, so this wall was either a fortification against foreign invaders, or a show of strength to control and protect the local population from other landowners in the area. I wonder how many soldiers traipsed up and down the walls keeping an eye on the villagers and any horse riders. I suspect none of them were wearing red boots.
It’s a pig! I’m not sure this photo needs a caption. I came across it on a walk recently. I love pigs. One day, I am going to raise my own and then eat it. Pork is great!
A little nod to the Carter family there with today’s blog title. I’m a huge Johnny Cash fan, so I occasionally cross paths with the Carters’ music. Today I have some wildflower photos for you. There’s a lot to spot in your local countryside if you look closely
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Common thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris)
Common bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Scabious (Knautia arvensis)Poppy (don’t know what type)
Yarrow? (Achillea millefoilium)
Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) (the red flowers in the photo)
And you’re on your own with these ones, as I don’t know what they are!
My butterfly spotting has reached new levels of geekiness. I love butterflies, they’re so pretty and interesting to watch. I’ve been collecting photos of them on my walks recently. Here’s a catalogue of all the species I’ve snapped so far! All these photos were taken in the last two weeks. (They’re in alphabetical order because my computer sorted the images, not because I’m that fussy!)
Small skipper butterfly
Small tortoiseshell butterfly
Small white butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly
This isn’t a butterfly, it’s a burnet moth chrysalis.
The name says it all really. I took all these photos in the last week or so. Enjoy!
A white plume moth. Doesn’t it look like a fairy!
Riband wave moth.
Red soldier beetle.
Little Archie, cleaning her paws before a storm came.
Morning, little munchkins. I hope you’re all well! I’ve been doing a photo-a-day project again. I did one in January so I thought it would be fun to do one in June (the middle of the year). However, this week I have been very disappointed with my photos. A bad workman blames his tools, so I’ve been looking at the latest camera models on the market. There are some really good products out there (personally, after reading reviews, I’m a new fan of the Nikon Coolpix p520).
I have a dSLR (a Nikon d60), and I’m desperate to leave auto behind (and some of the lenses I have don’t work well with auto anyway), but I get so frustrated with the quality of my photos sometimes. I just don’t seem to be improving! I know a lot of you are keen photographers (and some of you are amazing), but hopefully you can relate!
I can’t really afford to buy a new camera simply because I suck, so I’ve compromised and ordered a new photography book and a new memory card (did you know that the type of memory card you use in your camera is important? I didn’t, and apparently I’ve been using a slow one that isn’t adequate for my camera’s needs! There’s a handy guide on this website).
Anyway, I photographed some ducklings and their parents this week, so here are a few snaps for you.
I take a lot of photos on my iPhone that never go anywhere, and I was thinking about this when I was tidying up my phone memory this morning. So, I figured I’d share a few photos that aren’t good enough to go into a blog post of their own. These are all from the last week.