Found my first Spindle tree today. Strange tiny green flowers which turn into pink fruits with orange seeds later on in the year.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
I found this Cockchafer chappie struggling around outside. They're surprisingly large. I have to resist the urge to squeal when the hooks on the end of their legs catch hold of the skin on my fingers - it just feels like they're not going to let go, ever. Despite that I do like them, they are very handsome.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
I enjoy looking in detail at growing things, especially at this time of year when so much is happening. By June leaves have been gnawed at by caterpillars. By July plants are already going to seed or shrivelling in the heat of summer (OK, possibly) and by August it is all over, the trees and plants have taken on an old green colour. But now everything is new,
vibrant and perfect.
Get Out! Take a closer look.
New needles on an evergreen tree.
A cuckoo flower.
Close up of stamens on ornamental cherry blossom.
Friday, 17 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
We had an excellent morning taking photographs at the Wildlife Centre. I've been three times now and every time you go there is something different to see. The beautiful red squirrels were expecting breakfast so they were active. They are smaller than hefty grey squirrels and twice as fast. Very hard to get a good photograph.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Friday, 3 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I found some magpies building what looked like an extremely uncomfortable nest in a hawthorn tree.
One of the birds was intent on ripping twigs of surrounding hawthorn trees rather than picking up sticks from the ground. He found it a bit of a struggle and had to try quite a few branches before he found one he could snap off.