Pushing Forward – The Dog Violet (Viola riviniana) pushes her beautiful little flowers to the fore, hoping to attract an early insect pollinator. Particularly valuable for Fritillary butterflies.
Blackthorn Beauty – The early spring blossom of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), a valuable starter for bees that have survived the winter.
A Female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) on route between her soil nest & the spring blossoms above.
Ysgo Falls – At the western tip of the Lleyn, a waterfall crashes on to the beach.
Mobile Homes – Barnacles on Whelk. A small colony of Barnacles had evidently hitched a ride on this Whelk (for whom the burden has become too great).
A Blue Tit perches amongst Blackthorn shoots on a cold winter morning.
Feeling Crabby, probably not as bad as this poor fellow once the seabirds had done with him. Remnants of a medium sized crab (possibly Spider Crab) at Harlech Nature Reserve beach. Share List
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. Share List
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. Share List
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 . Share List
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. Share List