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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Monsteca Corral - Archive Playthrough

I've been making video playthroughs as a way of archiving my old games. This one is Monsteca Corral - Nintendo Wii, 2010.

This video should be linked to a playlist of seven videos, showing every level in the game.

Jaunty Shrooms

Fencepost of the Week #150

Some small fungi getting the rot started on this post. <3 p="">

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Green Top

Fencepost of the Week #149

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Rove Beetle's Adventure

Fencepost of the Week #148

A small rove beetle out for an epic adventure on the moss.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Wavy, Firebreak Post

Fencepost of the Week #146

Slow Worm Close Up

Slow worm - Anguis fragilis

Close to, slow worms look like they are made of polished granite. :-)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Elaphrus cupreus

Alas, Elaphrus cupreus is just a little too small to have its marvellous blue ocelli admired by humans on a regular basis. Look for it moving fast round the edges of ponds and streams.

Elaphrus cupreus

Elaphrus cupreus

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunset Usnea Pompoms

Fencepost of the Week #145

Beach Glow Worms

Glow Worm - Lampyris noctiluca

Checked one of the local sites where glow worms have been recorded in previous years and found twenty of them down on the shoreline - most were in the short grass just above the beach, but several were out on the shingle - making them much easier to photograph than usual.

Glow Worm - Lampyris noctiluca

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Wire-bound Knob

Fencepost of the Week #144

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Marmot Poses

Timelapse of a marmot hanging out on Passo Sole, Blenio, Switzerland.

Aestivating Snails Post

Fencepost of the Week #143

Around the mediterranean, snails find the summer much too hot and dry - these ones have climbed a fencepost and sealed themselves up, awaiting cooler, damper conditions. By climbing they can keep out of the way and find cooler air than at ground level.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Mediterranean Tree Frog

Two mediterranean tree frogs - Hyla meridionalis - from The Camargue, France.

Hyla meridionalis - Mediterranean Tree Frog

Hyla meridionalis - Mediterranean Tree Frog. (Juvenile)

Monday, 5 June 2017


Pinguicula vulagaris
Pinguicula vulgaris

Representing insectivorous plants on the west coast of Scotland - we have sundews and these: butterworts - Pinguicula vulgaris.

Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Rhagium bifasciatum

All of a sudden, these longhorn beetles are everywhere!

Rhagium bifasciatum

Rhagium bifasciatum

Rhagium bifasciatum

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tiger Beetles

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle
After taking some nice photos of Japanese tiger beetles in Kyoto last year, I've been keen to get some better images of the common British species - Cicindela campestris this summer:

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle
The photos above and below here show how the same two individuals change colour depending on lighting conditions: with the sun behind them, they appear blue-green (above), while they are much more yellowish-green when viewed from the sunny side.

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle
After copulation, a violent and protracted struggle ensued - the female trying to free itself from the male's grip, but I didn't witness the beginning or the end of this encounter.

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Rough Gatepost

Fencepost of the Week #141

Friday, 26 May 2017

Badgers Playing

Some young badgers messing about at the entrance to their sett.

Macrolepiota clelandii

Macrolepiota clelandii

A very tall, thin parasol mushroom, native to Australia and New Zealand.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Fresh Ferns

Fencepost of the Week #140

Friday, 19 May 2017

Marasmius wynnei

Marasmius wynnei

Fairly common, trooping in dense tufts under beech trees.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Lace-webbed Spider

Lace-webbed spider - Amaurobius similis(?)
A fuzzy little house-spider - this species is fond of setting up webs around windows, but this one is just hanging from my bathroom wall.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunset Gilded Posts

Fencepost of the Week #139

Adder Breath

An adder (Vipera berus) sun-bathing on a cloudy day.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Repurposed Holly Tree

Fencepost of the Week #138

Here is another fencepost made by wrapping wire round a live tree - this time it's a holly tree.

It certainly seems like the fence wire has killed off the main trunk, but the rest of the tree is flourishing outside of the loops.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Orange Grisette

Amanita crocea - orange grisette

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lichen Patches

Fencepost of the Week #137

Friday, 28 April 2017