Category Archives: Flora/Fauna

Stuck inside

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 1.20pm (day 3,148)

New kale, 7/4/20

The media narrative is that however safely we behave, we are not to be allowed outdoors. Like this new sprig of kale we are condemned to watch spring unfold outside, from behind glass. On the other hand this plant is probably more likely than us to get out before May: assuming we are permitted to take it up to the garden and transplant it, anyway.

I’m trying on here not to sound too bitter, but it’s not easy. These are bad times. If anyone in the future feels like looking back on this last month (and the month, at least, which is surely to come) with any kind of nostalgia or wistfulness then they will deserve all the contempt they receive.

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King of his castle

Monday 6th April 2020, 3.35pm (day 3,147)

Jackdaw king, 6/4/20

Happily, the sun has come out. Sadly, the people have not. So here is more birdlife: there is little else to bring variety at this time. This jackdaw was determined to get the best vantage point in his immediate area, and seems to have succeeded.

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Equus

Sunday 5th April 2020, 1.10pm (day 3,146)

Equus, 5/4/20

Amongst the ways we are passing the time at home is to watch a movie each evening, and last night’s happened to be Equus, the worthy and very good 1970s play about a boy who worships horses, and the psychiatrist who starts thinking that maybe he has a point. I too think that horses know more than they let on to us. This one virtually galloped up to me this afternoon as I walked past and demanded that I do its close-ups.

Today’s statutorily permitted ‘one piece of exercise’ got me over into Luddenden, a valley that is next-door, but definitively not ‘Hebden Bridge’. So HB’s run of consecutive shots ends at 14, not quite giving it the blog record which therefore remains Brisbane’s 15 pictures in a row in 2013. But no one’s going anywhere very far in the next month or so, I imagine, so we’ll give it another try, starting tomorrow…

Nuthatch

Wednesday 1st April 2020, 10.45am (day 3,142)

Nuthatch, 1/4/20

It can’t honestly be said that April 2020 promises much variety. Not as things stand. Forgive me then that this shot repeats the theme of two days ago, but local birdlife is at least photogenic and active at the moment. I marvel at the ability of this tiny creature to happily cling to a fully vertical surface using only its feet: something we humans have yet to master.

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The wild garlic motherlode

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 9.55am (day 3,141)

Wild garlic motherlode, 30/3/20

Day 10 of house arrest. Amongst the various ways in which this virus is causing trauma to the human world is the added strain it is putting on our communications infrastructure. WordPress seems to presently allow me to upload photos at around noon each day, but at no other times. And lower-resolution pictures are the only ones getting up there. Right now, it’s the way it is.

But at least there is no need to go out panic buying salad leaves at the moment. I have found the wild garlic motherlode a few hundred yards from home. All edible and delicious.

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Bird on a wire

Monday 30th March 2020, 10.40am (day 3,140)

Robin on wire, 30/3/20

Well, he’s feeling happy, at least. Or maybe belligerent, as robins are quite territorial. He may well have a larger territory than many people, at the moment.

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Duck couple

Friday 20th March 2020, 8.55am (day 3,130)

Duck couple, 20/3/20

“Where have all the humans gone, duck?”

“I have no idea. But isn’t it quiet. And isn’t the air feeling clean?”

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Checking up on spring

Thursday 19th March 2020, 4.20pm (day 3,129)

Buds, 19/3/20

We all risk missing spring this year, don’t we. I, however, intend to do my best to keep an eye on its developments. Without a spring, the year will just suck. Well, y’know, even more than it already does.

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I see little potato people

Tuesday 17th March 2020, 2.30pm (day 3,127)

Little potato people, 17/3/20

So, it’s happened then. Britain is in a state of lockdown. Except maybe it isn’t, maybe it’s all voluntary, because with this government, remember that they don’t really have a clue about anything very much.

Either way I suspect I will be seeing a lot more of Hebden Bridge and home in the next few weeks. Or possibly months. For now I will do my best to keep this blog going, why should it become another victim of this pandemic? But how long I will sustain any creative juices in a world with greatly reduced horizons, I don’t know.

I must already be going slightly crazy, anyway. In these sprouting potatoes (for life, and the garden, must go on) I see little people, sitting in their boxes having a pre-planting natter. Or in the case of the couple to bottom right, a gentle cuddle.

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(Clarice) Starling

Friday 13th March 2020, 2.20pm (day 3,123)

Starling, 13/3/20

This was one of those where I worried about whether the focus would be on the bird or on the foliage. But it worked out alright in the end. As a big fan of The Silence of the Lambs I cannot help but call this starling “Clarice”: love the winter plumage, all the same. Nor would I mess with that beak.

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