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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.



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.




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


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.