Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me
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Friday, 26 August 2016

August draws to a close



A whitearse bee gathering pollen from a Teasel.






Wild flowers/plants have grabbed my attention recently, so here's a few.
If you're bored with plants, skip these ..................




Lesser Water Parsnip







Purple Loosestrife








Common Ragwort





Not the demon people are led to believe. See my other blog for some facts.








Canadian Fleabane








Common Fleabane




Here's a monster ................





Water Dock









Red Bartsia






And a butterfly,






Green-veined White on Common Ragwort




Dragon




Brown Hawker Dragonfly






A bird




 Treecreeper




A field of cows caught my eye one morning.


Usually the calves are taken away from dairy cows at a very early age, (their mothers), which is obviously very distressing for both animals. The reason is so some of us can have the mothers milk in our tea.

We are the only animal species that drink the mothers milk of another animal.

The calves are then slaughtered for meat.
Sad, but true.
These cows, however, were given a slight reprieve, and allowed to bond; if only for a short time.


I watched them as they made a futile attempt at bonding; licking each other, and being close.




 Enjoy your tea.






I'll end with a shot of my boy.







Always my companion.


 Enjoy



Saturday, 13 August 2016

Whatever happened to white dog poo?



August already. Where has the year gone?




Here's a young Wren. I found a family of them while out with Whisky a couple of days ago.






And a young Redstart








I've given the macro lens a bit of an outing recently too.




A bee on a Teasel

Great plants Teasels. Bees and Hoverflies love them as they start to come into flower, and when they've finished, the birds move in for the seed; especially Goldfinches. More people should always find room in their gardens for Teasels.









I found lots of these in a very boggy field. A tiny electric blue leaf hopper called Cicadella viridis, or Green Leaf Hopper.




Staying in the boggy field I came across some of this.




Cranberry.







At the top right of this picture is a berry beginning to form.








And here's a developed berry.





Another 'berry' plant;





Bilberry





A couple of plants that seem to be everywhere at the moment:




Rosebay Willowherb






Common Ragwort





A plant that used to be very common in crop fields once upon a time.




Corncockle


These days you are more likely to come across them in wild flower seed mixes.
Judging by the amount of chemicals farmers spray on their crops these days I can see the Poppy coming to the same fate.
Farmers .......... they have the cheek to call themselves guardians of the countryside. Wankers.




Here's a picture that I couldn't resist taking.




Well, it amused me.




I've been seeing a few of these recently.



Gatekeeper, enjoying a Coreopsis flower in the garden.





And finally, the garden has a new resident at the moment.




A Feral Pigeon.


He doesn't seem to be able to fly, or walk without falling over. He may have crashed into the window and injured himself, so I don't hold out much hope for his well being, or long life, given the number of fucking cats that visit here at night and shit everywhere.





Well, I couldn't end without a picture of Whisky, so.




Whisky and one of his brothers, Obi.






 and his other brother, Thistle.








.....and the white dog poo?

It's partly down to what dogs eat these days. The white is the calcium that's left behind after the water evaporates and the organic stuff is consumed by bugs, slugs and others.
Tighter regulations on dogs crapping on pavements these days means that a lot is bagged and disposed of, so it doesn't hang around like it used to and doesn't get the opportunity to dry out and turn white.


Crap, innit.



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A July post




Приветствуем посетителей из России . Мне интересно знать, как вы приехали сюда .



I've only been dipping in and out of the internet recently, and blogs have been neglected as a result. Real life is far more important anyway, even though things are pretty shit at the moment; here and in the rest of the world.


I haven't been taking quite so many pictures to post either, not really felt the need to post here, although some have been posted elsewhere.



Here's a couple though that I found quite interesting.

Germander Speedwell is a very common wild flower with blue flowers which have a white 'eye' and grows in grassy places.





but I found some that had me a bit confused.






After a bit of research I found out that the buds are often galled by a tiny midge, forming a small, cotton wool like ball. Fascinating.

The 'speedwells' are a large family of plants which can prove tricky to ID at times. Here's one other family member, before I move on.




Thyme-leaved Speedwell.

Another common one, which flowers from May to October.



I haven't seen many butterflies yet this year, but then I've not really been searching them out. Here's 3 that have happened to be where I've been, and had a camera to hand.



 Gatekeeper







Brimstone







Small Heath



A grasshopper of unknown name turned up one day.







As did an unknown bee;









No bird pictures worth showing at the moment, so here's a plant I've never really noticed before.




Water Figwort


Growing at the edge of my local lake.



Finally, one of the boy, relaxing in the sun.




Whisky



Adios. 

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Wild Flowers


It's been pretty wild here in the UK this last week.


A referendum to vote on whether we stay in Europe or leave.


The leave side and the stay side both acted abysmally. Lies, exaggerations and personal attacks. Don't you just a love a democracy?
Some of the losers attacked the old racist buggers for fucking it up for the younger generation and voting to leave Europe.
The prime minister has said he'll resign soon and the opposition are in complete turmoil, urging their leader to resign.


If this was a film, it would win an Oscar for the best fiction film of our time.



A week is a long time in politics they say; here's a few pictures from the last few weeks I've been out.




Ox-eye daisy







Sheep's Bit








Hedge Woundwort









Marsh Woundwort









Wild Carrot









Creeping Cinquefoil









 Fox and Cubs











Wall Speedwell









Wood Avens









Salsify









Scented Mayweed




and the last one is a bit sad. It's on the list of 'near threatened'. I'd been watching its progress at my local lake and today it had disappeared. A casualty to the 'let's make the place look tidy' brigade. The Landscapers, that don't know their arses from their elbows. It had been mown by order of the local Parks Trust. Wankers!


Maybe it will come back next year?






Common Cudweed


Not so common now.


bye


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