Checking out the zoom function on this blue tit – not bad, I think!
Parsley the bionic tortoise. Kind of. The once escaped out of his pen, presumably on the scent of a lady, and got badly damaged somehow (car?). Tortoise lungs connect direct to the shell, so he had to be sealed up with resin so allow him to breathe properly!
Poppy looking either very snooty, or more likely, about to yawn
Ah, there we go! Big yawn!
Storm and Hal outside the tortoise run / herb garden.
Hal: “Stop bothering me, human”
This is a smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris), most likely female. She’s an amphibian but clearly not too uncomfortable out of water as she was found at the other end of the garden to the pond.
Mum skilfully pond-dipped this dragonfly nymph. It’s a voracious predator – thankfully there’s plenty for it to eat in that little pond.
For some reason (food?) the tadpoles swarm in the corners of the pond like this. Huge numbers this year, best I’ve seen!
This rusted old Land Rover has been here as long as I can remember. The brambles are actually growing all up the inside. I think Dad parked it there once with a view to fixing it up one day and never quite got round to it…
Bluebell (and other) woodland
Nice hidey-hole created by this fallen tree, plus a bridge created across the stream which runs through the woodland.
Someone’s been having a tasty nutty treat!
If you did Geography at school, you probably learned about Oxbow lake formation. Erosion on one side, deposition on the other. Well here’s a prime example of one in-the-making
Do I art yet?
One of the benefits of having a private wood is being able to visit it dressed only in your Dad’s old Paisley PJs from the 70s and wellies, because why not.
Tree and river
Common carder bumblebee on a bluebell.
I don’t know why but these bluebells really remind me of Goths at a rock concert…
Beautiful spiral fronds of a new fern
Fern featuring a cute little fly.
Silly 342, that’s not how we smile!
Much better! Very pretty
This little guy is part of a twin, but the mum doesn’t have enough milk for both. So he’s been chosen to be be bottle fed from a wine bottle with a teat attached like a classy thing.
Calves always stand up back legs first, which makes for some interesting transition states.
Kisses from mummy
Calf having a go at grazing
Hiding behind Mumma
Gotta love nature. Sometimes it’s not pretty birdies and flowers. Sometimes it’s dungflies mating on dung while watching other dungflies mating on same dung.
I believe the enhanced grass growth in this circle is due to a fairy ring – the fungi live on understand, nourishing the soil.
I genuinely love this photo… little guy looks so lost in thought as he licks his backside…
Pink and Blue
Ant on a pink bluebell
Raindrops on a dungfly on a bluebell
Spring is one of my favourite times to enjoy the countryside, the bluebells are out but the biting insects aren’t, the weather is warm but not stifling, and Easter provides some free time off! So I always endeavour to make a trip back to my parents’ farm on the South Downs. I also happen to have bought a new camera only a week beforehand [a Panasonic TZ40 if you’re interested] so it seemed only right to break it in where I’ve historically taken my best shots. I’m pretty pleased with it so far!
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I always miss leaving the countryside, but Bristol calls me back as ever. Besides, there are some great nature reserves in the Avon area I really should spend some time checking out…
Science to follow anon!