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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Common Frog

Wildlife Wednesdays #12

Common Frog - Rana temporaria

A heavily pregnant common frog, caught out in the open on its way to the spawning pools.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Monday, 28 March 2011

Jellybaby Fungus

Monday Mushroom #12

Jellybaby Fungus - Leotia lubrica
This species has distinctively translucent, yellow flesh, with a texture rather like jellybabies. It is - alas - inedible.

Cloud Banks at Dawn

Scenic Sundays #10

Near Whistlefield, Loch Eck.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Fencepost of the Week #11

If you like extreme weathering on fenceposts, then the Shetland Islands will hold many a delight for you.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Seal Stretches

Wildlife Wednesdays #11

A harbour seal amusing itself on the shore.





anyone looking?

o hai


double toe-curl

flipper curl

yawn upside down

snooze upside down

and some shaky, blurry video of the same:

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

Bedraggled Ink Caps

Monday Mushroom #11

Ink Cap - Coprinus atramentarius
Inkiness temporarily washed away by the rain.

A Week of Dark Reflections - Part VII

The under-bank.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011

A Week of Dark Reflections - Part IV

& Fencepost of the Week #10

...and the same again with blue sky at high-water.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A Week of Dark Reflections - Part I

& Tree-fetish Tuesday #10

Sycamore on the Echaig in the humid dark of late summer.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Small Brown Mushrooms

Monday Mushroom #10

Rather like the small brown birds - SBB's - beloved of ornithologists, there thousands of species of small brown mushrooms - un-preposessing and really difficult to identify. Here are a couple of my recent failures: I cannot identify either of them.

 Still pretty, though. ^_^

This photo was taken in a beech wood at about 600m up in the eastern Pyrenees, in April.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Glen Massan Sunrise

Scenic Sundays #9

Looking up Glen Massan on a frosty October Morning.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Old, Grey, Weathered

Fencepost of the Week #9

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Green-veined White

Wildlife Wednesdays #9

Green-veined White - Artogeia napi

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Mossy Rowan Tree

Tree-fetish Tuesday #9

Wham! Rowan tree!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Back-lit Porcelain

Monday Mushroom #9

Porcelain Fungus - Oudemansiella mucida
Taken into the sun, one-handed, while hanging from a branch 3m up a beech tree. Porcelain fungi are beautifully translucent, glistening, pure white mushrooms. Something that this photo fails to show.  

Below is a less dramatically lit shot of the same species:

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Friday, 4 March 2011


Fencepost of the Week #8

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Scorpion Fly

Wildlife Wednesdays #8

Common Scorpion Fly - Panorpa communis
The spiky red scorpion tail is not a stinger, but a set of claspers used for mating - only males have them.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011