Thursday, 31 May 2007
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Sunday, 20 May 2007
the first (from the left) is pink spotty and spiky
the second is paler, and less spotty
the third is very pale, much blunter spike and only a few spots. None of them have the characteristic wavy lower lip of heath spotted orchid, but all have only a very small middle lobe. I like to imagine (but doubt it) that these flowers are a new variety evolving before my very eyes in this very odd but special field.
three very different looking orchids, within 2 feet of each other; in fact they are probably all variants or crosses of heath spotted orchids, common spotted orchids and southern marsh orchids. See the next page for a closer look at each orchid.
Friday, 18 May 2007
Sunday, 13 May 2007
this young and slightly bedraggled greenfinch is sitting in the mock orange waiting for a turn on the peanuts. I like mock orange and the scent is lovely but for some reason whenever it comes into flower it starts raining and then rains for weeks on end.
Monday, 7 May 2007
Stoke Sports club held a May day fete on the village green. Unfortunately, the weather turned wet late yesterday which was very bad luck and probably put some people off but the sun was out later in the afternoon.
Saturday, 5 May 2007
this bird, sat on the top of a gorse bush, singing its heart out would do for either a stone or whinchat, but I guess it must be a whinchat. If you wonder why it is hard to get better pictures, spot the same bird in the picture below. It is a demonstration of how good the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens is.
Thursday, 3 May 2007
this could be an example of the false black widow spider (steatoda grossa, and very gross indeed) that has been in the news recently but probably isn't. The ghoulish sight to the bottom left is either last year's skin, or a recent meal. The dogs left it well alone.
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
a cockchafer (or May bug) paid a flying visit last night. They are very slow and noisy fliers and the dogs can easily catch them in mid air, this seems rather a waste of the long haul they have from larvae to adult. The antennae on the males (as here) have a very elaborate and odd looking .design