Category Archives: Flora/Fauna

Garden mint

Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 3.40pm (day 2,462)

Garden mint, 22/5/18

I’ve been moving around a lot in the last couple of months — Norway twice, Slovenia, Croatia last week — but apart from a couple of trips to London there will be no more of this until into August. So expect plenty of HB, Manchester and, when the local train service allows, the Lakes. It will give me a chance to show the progress of the summer, anyway. The arrival of the first mint crop in the garden is always a welcome one, as that means it’s also home-made mojito season.

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Pigeons fighting in the rain

Monday 14th May 2018, 11.40am (day 2,454)

Fighting pigeons, 14/5/18

I’m aware this photo could have been taken anywhere, but it happens to be in Zagreb, Croatia: making this the first place to begin with Z that has appeared on the blog in its 2,454 days.

The pigeons of Zagreb, at least, the ones pictured here, may have decided for many reasons to have a fight but amongst those may have been the fact that on this late morning it was absolutely throwing it down with rain, as is visible here (and it’s not always easy to see rain on photographs unless it’s very heavy). I have been here 24 hours now and there’s certainly been copious amounts of moisture pouring out of the sky. I think there are three birds visible on this shot, but I must admit I’m not entirely sure.

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Fallen blossoms

Friday 11th May 2018, 8.30am (day 2,451)

Fallen blossoms, 11/5/18

They’re very pink, but very ephemeral, the cherry blossoms. Maybe that’s why the Japanese like them so much, it matches their general aesthetic.

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Baby fern creatures

Thursday 3rd May 2018, 4.40pm (day 2,443)

Baby ferns, 3/5/18

Didn’t a creature looking like this once erupt out of John Hurt’s stomach? The end may be nigh.

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Spiral on stone

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 8.15am (day 2,441)

Snail on wall, 1/5/18

Just hanging out. I sometimes feel it would be nice to spend a pleasant morning, as it was today, just chilling out in a sunny spot.

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Blossom on May Day (nearly)

Monday 30th April 2018, 5.30pm (day 2,440)

White Lion blossom, 30/4/18

OK, maybe I didn’t take the picture on May Day. But that’s when I’m posting it, so it still seems appropriate. Let’s hope spring is here to stay now.

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Insisting it’s spring

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 12.20pm (day 2,420)

Blossom and Contact Theatre, 10/4/18

Back to cold, rainy weather. But if I keep posting pictures of spring perhaps when I look back I will remember this as a warm April morning. The blossom is out in ‘my’ courtyard at work, at least, but back in 2014 (for example) it looked like this in February. A sign of the lateness of the weather patterns this year.

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Enjoying the sunshine

Monday 9th April 2018, 11.50am (day 2,419)

Jackdaw on chimney, 9/4/18

Hey, the sun was shining! And it was warm! Until the evening, anyway…

Excuse to break the run of what had been 18 days since the last time there was a morning shot, on 19th March. Even if today’s was only just in the morning.

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Lambing season

Friday 6th April 2018, 12.40pm (day 2,416)

Lambs and Skiddaw, 6/4/18

There was a time when I thought I would not get out on a Lake District walk in this Easter break but the weather seems to be relenting after the icebox that was March 2018. Today was dry and bright, but bloody windy. Still, the lambs are enjoying it, anyway. The mountain in the background is Skiddaw, at 3,053 feet the fourth-highest peak in England. If you would like to see more pictures from the day check out my other blog.

I also note that this is the 100th Lake District shot to appear on the blog.

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Mathilda wants back in

Wednesday 28th March 2018, 12 noon (day 2,407)

Matilda, 28/3/18

Mathilda demands to be only the third animal to definitively make the blog three times (though Humph the heron has a case to have beaten her to it, if the various pictures do indeed depict the same bird). She looks annoyed at the neglect, and that at some point since her last appearance, her collar has gone. And she’s got a bit greyer, but then again haven’t we all.

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