Night Life (On Woodland Fungi) Consider, on walk through woodland fair; Beneath your feet, another realm’s lair. Mat of twisted tendril, all out of sight. Yet, as fall of sun bringeth night; Up rise forms in sound so mute. Pleated golden bodies to spread its fruit.
The Afon Conwy babbles its way through Gwydir Forest early on an autumn morning. Magic abounds when dawn colours compliment those of autumnal woodland. Truly a golden hour.
A Common Frog (Rana Temporia) amongst the undergrowth on a sunny autumn morning. We spotted this generously sized frog in moss & old timber, close to a hedgerow base .
A male Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) on pond side reeds. Two different views, showing how this damselfly may sometimes appear as a beautiful bronze colour. Also note how this damselfly holds its wings out at 45 degrees when resting, most damselflies fold their wings at rest. The male develops the blue coating (pruinescence) on his […]
Woodland Contrasts – early autumn, a great time to go exploring the beauty of our local woodland.
A Great Tit (Parus major) perches on a piece of Milky Quartz.
A Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) has some ground clearance issues as it scurries across a stony forest track. These beetles exude a foul red liquid as a defence mechanism, hence the name.
Some of the fantastic fruit & berry bounty of the local trees & shrubs – Guelder Rose Berries, Rose Hips, Apples, Blackberries.
Balance King Framed – A male Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) balances on the stem of a rush.
Dragonfly exuvia – the moulted exoskeleton left behind when the aquatic Naiad emerges to fly as a Dragon (fly).
A Wild Rabbit stands tall looking & listening for danger.
Tips – Introduction Here are a few tips for anyone setting out to enjoy spotting wildlife and perhaps hoping to take a few photographs too. It is not intended as an exhaustive guide, just something to set you off on a helpful track. Oh, and there’s an amusing yet illustrative anecdote that I’ve included. The […]