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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lichen Patches

Fencepost of the Week #137

Friday, 28 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Repurposed Tree

Fencepost of the Week #136

This fencepost was actually a live, in-situ oak tree which had fencing wire looped around it. You can see the scarring where the tree continued to grow, enveloping the wires. 

Although the main trunk has been dead for many years now, there is still a sliver of living bark running up the left side, supplying a few twigs with life.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Lichen Stickles

Fencepost of the Week #135

Friday, 14 April 2017

Peppery Bolette

Peppery bolette - Chalciporus piperatus

Peppery bolette - Chalciporus piperatus

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

Tan Ear

This fungus is Otidea alutacea - the tan ear.

Tan ear - Otidea alutacea - 11th July

And here is another photo of fruiting bodies from the same patch, one month later.

Tan ear - Otidea alutacea - 16th August

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Four-spot Orb-weaver

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

I found this four-spot orb-weaver in my bedroom after it stowed-away on my raincoat. 

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

It's now back in the garden, where it belongs.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rainy-day Post

Fencepost of the Week # 133

This rainy-day fencepost has something for everyone. ^_^

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Spring Toads

Common toad - Bufo bufo. A male toad on station at the pond edge, looking out for females approaching the water.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Underwater.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Basking.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Swimming in the sunshine.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Dusty, dry female nearing the end of her journey to the breeding pond.