nanila: YAY (me: abby)
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Bleeding hearts

We planted these in our Worcestershire, UK garden last year, and they've come up beautifully this spring.
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Today was one of those days where spring just grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me, saying ISN'T THIS GLORIOUS?! So I took a bunch of pictures.

Read more... )
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Crossposting some items from my latest blogpost. I had some past posts of the giant fish in our lake. Despite our long stay here we don't see them often. But last week we spotted a fin circling around... Read more... )

Our amaryllis were in bloom recently, all of them popping up around the same time. Read more... )


Feb. 12th, 2017 05:29 pm
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I was looking for some other photos earlier, when I stumbled across these photos that I'd meant to share over here and never got round to it. Ages ago I went on a little daytrip to see the ruins of the Abbey at Beauly, there are some lovely walks round there by the river and I found quite a few natural things to photograph too.

Old Elm
The traditional graveyard Elm Tree was just the start.
down by the river )
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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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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Beach between Minehead and Dunster in West Somerset, UK, on a midsummer day with onshore winds of 30mph+/48kph and temperatures as high as 12C/53F. :-)

03 Beach with flowers, Minehead 06-15

The flowers are red valerian, Centranthus ruber, and yellow horned poppy, Glaucium flavum.
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Watching parental robins at an urban railway station: the local robins at University station in Birmingham know which side their bread is buttered, and have begging from the commuters down to a fine art. I was eating my breakfast, a saffron fruit bun (translation from EnglishEnglish: a very buttery bread-textured roll with raisins, sultanas, currants, candied peel, and saffron spice), when an extremely bold robin approached me closely to ask for a share. I picked off a few small pieces until the robin decided its beak was full and flew away to its nest. It quickly returned and made begging-cheeps for more, so I obliged, and then it returned a third time. It was only on the third round that the adult robin ate any crumbs itself. I’d finished my breakfast when it returned a fourth time so I showed it my empty hands, which it understood immediately and went off to look for food elsewhere. (Note: the high animal fat content of my saffron bun makes it better for robins than most processed human foods.)

Tree blossom and Priory, Malvern, Worcestershire 05-15

Watching young birds having learning experiences: I saw an inexperienced wood pigeon attempt to land on my neighbour’s shiny corrugated plastic shed roof and skid along a groove. It then proceeded to attack some overhanging willow leaves, first pecking them and then wrestling them with mighty vigour, before giving up and wandering out of sight. Although it wasn’t quite as funny as the very surprised young crow who recently attempted to land on the same corrugated plastic roof when it was wet, and aquaplaned the length of the roof, lol.

Bluebells, Worcestershire 05-15

How are the seasonal changes moving where you are?
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Vibrant peacock butterfly on one of our poor snail-munched white hyacinths.

I was surprised to see this, and a small tortoiseshell, flitting around our garden so early in April.

+1 )

July bugs

Jul. 15th, 2014 08:26 pm
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yellow coreopsis with bee-mimic hoverfly
This is a hoverfly, I think. The coreopsis was very busy with a variety of small bees, wasps, and bee-like creatures. I'd hoped to catch a green sweat bee (I've seen them here before), but no luck today.

Lots of interesting bug stuff in my garden today )
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Iris of the golden wings whose riches lie folded in the bosom of Flora…. /mangled quotations

03 Yellow Flag (Iris), Iris pseudacorus, Worcestershire 05-14

Two more images of yellow flag flowers )
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
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- May flowers (but no mayflowers) and the lifecycles of lepidoptera and gall wasps: details in rollovers or click through to flickr.

Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja.

01 Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja,  Worcestershire 05-14

Horse chestnut tree flowers, Aesculus hippocastanum, and horse chestnut leaf-miner moth, Cameraria ohridella. :-(

Flowers, moths, and wasps, 9 more small images. )
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These are September seasonal photos. Click through to flickr for biggerness. Enjoy!

Fungi, Sessile Earthstars, Geastrum fimbriatum: they begin as spheres then their outer layer peels itself back in segments and curls underneath the fruiting body to lift it away from the ground.

Fungi, Sessile Earthstar, Geastrum fimbriatum 2, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire 09-12

Four more small images. )
[personal profile] meretia
I live down about an hour south of Indianapolis, and to the east there's a spot called Brown County that's a really popular tourist destination for southern Indiana. I mostly just go through it on the way to Columbus, this funky little town about forty minutes east. But about halfway through Brown County there's the neatest thing hidden away up on a ridge: the T.C. Steele House historical site. T.C. Steele was apparently an Indiana native artist in the early 20th century, and the state maintains his house and gardens up on the hill.

I've never actually been into his house or studio (the grounds are free, you pay for the tour), but it's a lovely place to go walk around. I've only been twice, in the spring and at the end of August, and it's really quite striking how quickly it grew up over a couple months.

Frogs, butterflies, flowers )
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These are a species of sunflower, and they must range widely because I knew and loved them in Florida, but these were taken yesterday around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. The plants get much taller than I am. I'd guess the tallest stalks were 10 feet or so.

Six more landscapes full of gold under the cut )
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Large White butterflies, Pieris brassicae. The first is female, on burdock, and the second is male, on greater knapweed. Note the female's tongue bending down into the flower in the first image, and the male's unusual perching stance and EYES in the second.

Large White, Pieris brassicae, female, on Burdock, Arctium lappa, Worcestershire 08-13

Another butterfly and a ladybird. )


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