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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ice bubbles.

Air bubbles trapped in ice as the water froze over.

I was mostly intrigued by the patterns which were created by the ice in the wheelbarrow. Unfortunately I could not get close enough for detailed photos, and the this picture gives a rough idea from a distance.

Was great to see it growing in thickness. And then the winds changed to westerns again, so the frost was send onto a low burner until the next dip.

And from this

into this:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Macro Monday: Autumn Flower Fliers

Fatsia japonica is an Asian shrub which flowers in autumn. I do not have it for the Insects, and I never really considered it a shrub which the Insects would turn to for a last feed before they go into hibernation somewhere hidden away from sight and the cold.
As it was, there have been lots of Insects feeding on the flowers. The individual florets look like tiny poached eggs.

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I love the big eyes stuck onto the head. Looks more like a wart to me!

This is my Fatsia japonica from my window:

The last thing I expected to photograph this month would have been a creature smothered in pollen! It is mid November after all, temperatures had dropped to minus two during the night.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Macro Monday, A closer look at a bridge.

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Shiny marble like pieces of stony among the Ivy, stone, soil and Moss.
,(there are only small bits of stone visible in fact. Nevertheless, it did deserve a closer look)

We used to live next to this little bridge, for 13 years or so. It lets you pass over the river which surrounded us on two sides. (The old ground floor cottage was where you now see the new house, behind the blue shed)
(spring 2009)
This river was also home to a Kingfisher and we once had an Otter basking on a boulder, to the left of the bridge.
I was hoping to find some kind of Invertebrate among the bits and pieces of the wall of the bridge, but no luck.

Ivy roots.

And other bits of stone:

I love it the kind of shapes you can find on stone.

And then there is the Moss of course.

Dead Henbit Nettle, Lamium amplexicaule
growing just around the corner.

And very difficult to take photos of, because it is only 17-20cm high and so a long way from me.

Hawkbits growing on the bridge.

Plus grasses on the bridge.