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Thursday, 28 August 2014

HOLIDAY SNAPS

I was going. I was not going. Then I was. Now I'm back.

Some of the varying colours shapes of the Brecon Beacon Hills

The chance came up to go back to the Brecon Beacons - this time to the North side of the National Park. And it rained. Again. Of course.

There was an afternoon when the sun shined. I noticed some good views in passing. I would return.

Clouds gather over distant hills.

But it rained.

But there are always things to notice when the sun comes out between showers.

Dead foxglove (I think) and shadow on the top of a dry stone wall





Like shadows. (Of foxglove?)

View of field and trees though open barn door with bits and bobs and gate in foreground





And views through barns.

The area below the roof in the same barn. Dramatic slats made black in the glare of outside light





Where light comes in through slats as well as through open doors.

Dock outside the barn (or sorrel?)




When they get to the rusty stage, I have trouble distinguishing between sorrel and dock in pictures. I was in a rush at the time or I would have paid attention to the leaves.

Silhouette of dead tree, telegraph pole and swifts sitting on a wire


There's drama in the morning; and in the evening.

Swifts are gathering on the wires ready for their autumn migration to Africa. Not that they are short of insects to eat yet. Each evening they swished backwards and forwards human-knee-high snatching at insects above the grass.


And that silhouette of a bird in the tree. It looks like a robin to me. What do you reckon? (You might have to enlarge to see.)

Face view of Buff Ermine moth.

And on the wall in an outside loo - an Buff Ermine Moth. (Spilosoma luteum.) One of its antennae is broken.

Now I'm back I'll soon be replying to comments and getting ready to catch up with 'my' tree ready for the Tree Following box on the 7th.

Hope you have been having good holidays - whether in rain or drought or perfect weather.

(There ought to be a selection of greetings to cover the seasons. Why should Christmas hog it all? Happy summer everyone!)
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P.S. A new recommendation. Take a look at this page about the life cycle of butterflies and moths. A breathtaking set of information and pictures. (Includes the caterpillar of a Buff Ermine moth.)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

BOX FOR STUCK FOOT POSTS

Looking across Portland Harbour to the Purbeck Hills.
This is the view from my Stuck Foot Post for August

What is a 'Stuck Foot Post?
A stuck foot post is where you plant your foot firmly in a roughly random place and see what you can see without moving. Best is when you plant both feet. If you are on a slope or some other kind of difficult ground you may need to move the other foot for the sake of balance - but you mustn't move the 'stuck' foot' You can bend your body this way and that. You can lean forward and twist at the waist - but you mustn't swivel that stuck-foot.

To find out more, there's a page about Stuck Foot Posts.
If you'd like to join in, do. It's very informal.

I'll be putting a link box for Stuck Foot Posts on Loose and Leafy on the following dates.
21st August
21st November
21st March
Each box will open at 7am (UK time) on the 21st of the month
and close at 7pm on the first of the next month.
(So this box will close at 7pm on 1st Sepetember.)




Remember to put a link to your Stuck Foot Post not to the blog as a whole.
The box will close at 7pm UK time on 1st September so there's plenty of time.