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.