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Growing in my back yard in Wisconsin

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Toledo sits right on the southwestern-most corner of Lake Erie, about an hour south of Detroit. As such, it's a quite unique mix of lakeshore and woodland/scrubby grassland environments (or at least it seems that way from three hours south of Toledo). They have a forest with sand dunes in! Part of that odd environment is the Great Black Swamp, which covered most of northeastern Ohio before serious European settlement. For some reason or another, I started playing around with the "Things to do in Toledo" pages of TripAdvisor over the fall and found the Irwin Prairie State Nature Reserve, which preserves just about the biggest piece of the swamp left. I don't know a whole lot about it; mostly just what I read in the map/brochure from the trailhead and what's on the state DNR webpage. Just... here is a nature reserve, stay on the boardwalk. I suppose that it's pretty normal to people up there, but it seemed so amazing coming from just a few hours away.

I drove up there in... May or June, I want to say, back before it got so soul-killingly hot out even on the lake. It was absolutely worth the trip.
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Speckled wood butterfly (side)
Speckled woods are allegedly quite common in the UK, but they're also rather shy so I've never had the opportunity to be this close to one before. I think this one is female. It was enjoying a repast of raspberries up at the more tangly end of our garden.

+1, clear view of wing pattern )
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by the grey rock

I spotted a mouse underneath a young maple. It hid at first, but when I held still, it came out, sat up, and washed its ears.
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Small tortoiseshell butterfly
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We hadn't seen many butterflies this year until the past week, when it suddenly got warm. I was starting to worry because the oregano was in full bloom and our usual swarm of small tortoiseshells hadn't turned up yet. They have now (and there was much rejoicing). Prior to that I'd only seen the occasional cabbage white, a single peacock and a solitary painted lady, which was never around when I had my camera out.

I spent a pleasant half hour trying to get the perfect shot of one of the tortoiseshells. This is SOOC (straight off of camera, uncropped and unedited), and I'm pretty happy to have captured it.
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Five spot burnet moth
Five spot burnet moth in our Worcestershire, UK garden.
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Iridescent green flying insect

My little son found this in the garden today when he was inspecting the strawberry plants. I've no idea what it is Now identified by [personal profile] spiralsheep as a flower beetle, it prompted me to run inside and swap to the macro lens really quickly!

Horses

Jun. 13th, 2016 02:09 pm
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Galloping horses
The horses in the field over the canal from us spend most of their time placidly grazing or lying down. Every now and then, though, an intrepid rambler arouses their curiosity, and they gallop over to have a look.

Big Sage

Jun. 10th, 2016 08:37 am
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The most interesting-looking Big Sage near my workplace. Artemisia tridentata.

Junco

May. 27th, 2016 04:22 pm
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Junco in the bird bath
This junco had a bath every morning when I was visiting my parents in the Pacific Northwest.

+1, Junco drying off in the sun )
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Towhee in the wisteria
This towhee spends all day hopping possessively about the wisteria vine outside my parents' house in the Pacific Northwest.
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22-spot ladybird
Found this pretty little mildew-eater whilst giving the garden a spring clean.

Blue tit

Mar. 13th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Excuse me, don't stare, I'm eating

Today I got a chance to camp out for a few minutes near the toroid fat ball feeder and wait for a photo opportunity. This blue tit was kind enough to oblige me, although I'm not sure it appreciated having quite so attentive an audience for its afternoon snack.
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Bee in crocus
[Pollen-covered bee in white crocus flower]

Today I could believe that spring was on its way to the northern hemisphere!
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The harlequin ladybirds, Harmonia axyridis, are awakening from their hibernation in my window frames. Yesterday one of them walked across the carpet to my tiny plastic Dalek and bit it repeatedly all over, so I got my camera out. I'm not sure it counts as common nature exactly....

Tiny Dalek suffering an unprovoked attack by an even tinier harlequin ladybird saboteur
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Lapwings at Upton Warren
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We went to Upton Warren this weekend to try and catch a glimpse of the avocets. We didn't see the avocets, but we did see a lot of lapwings and black-headed gulls on the flashes. Every time I visit the hides Upton Warren I wish for a slightly longer reach for my telephoto (max 200 mm)...
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We were on a weekend break on the Welsh border, during which we visited Powis Castle. We didn't spot the earl, but surely this peacock would give any nobleperson a run for their money.

Peacock at Powis 2

Closeup of tail feathers )

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