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On the buddleia

Tuesday 13th September 2022, 3.40pm (day 4,037)

Butterfly and buddleia, 13/9/22

I’m not convinced about all the technicalities of this shot but it was done with an extremely long zoom (x80 at least) and in that respect it’s pleasing enough. We don’t really pick up any of the details on the wings of the Cabbage White but let’s not get too ambitious, eh — at least, not with my kit.

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Pollinator at work

Tuesday 14th June 2022, 5.45pm (day 3,946)

Bee on loganberries, 14/6/22

Respect the pollinators. This bee was giving our incipient loganberries some care and attention. It had put in a longer working day than me, anyway.

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Audrey III has landed

Tuesday 10th May 2022, 3.20pm (day 3,911)

Foxglove, 10/5/22

I’ve been suspicious before that certain flora depicted on here are in fact versions of ‘Audrey II’, the man-eating alien plant from Little Shop of Horrors. Here’s another one. Of course, the connection is made because the plant in the movie is so well-designed, and takes characteristics of real plants as the basis. But it still works. (It’s a foxglove by the way.)

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Not Mathilda

Thursday 28th April 2022, 12.50pm (day 3,899)

Not Mathilda, 28/4/22

Mathilda the cat has appeared on this blog more often than any other animal but definitely moved away, her last appearance (of six) being on 3/3/20. This puss is a tortoiseshell as she was, and appeared today in the same location — but it is not her. I got a fairly friendly reaction however, so perhaps s/he is putting in a bid for repeated appearances, just as Mathilda did.

This is a photowhack — the only picture I took today.

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Making a break for it

Wednesday 27th April 2022, 4.30pm (day 3,898)

It’s always scary being the first one to make the break. But someone had to do it.

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Keeping busy (unlike me)

Thursday 14th April 2022, 1.35pm (day 3,885)

Today was the first day of my Easter holiday, and I definitely did very little. This insect was far busier. I know that even without deeply entering into its lifestyle, or anything.

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Crocus explosion

Friday 25th February 2022, 3.30pm (day 3,837)

Crocus explosion, 25/2/22

As reliable an early signifier of spring as anything else — and the crocuses are early this year. Nor has their February arrival diminished them in number, certainly not on this lawn in front of Lancaster Castle, anyway.

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The first blossom

Friday 11th February 2022, 10.40am (day 3,823)

New blossom, 11/2/22

Somewhat continuing a theme from yesterday, but hey. Definitively, the first blossom I’ve seen of the year turns up in the courtyard of the Ellen Wilkinson Building, as it has done before (it’s a finely sheltered spot).

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Moth

Sunday 1st August 2021, 12.35pm (day 3,629)

Moth, 1/8/21

This moth was tiny, barely the size of my thumbnail. Do you know the basic difference between butterflies and moths? I didn’t, until looking it up today — but apparently, all butterflies have little balls at the end of their antennae. As this creature doesn’t have those, it’s a moth. Now you know.

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Pollen

Friday 2nd July 2021, 3.45pm (day 3,599)

Pollen, 2/7/21

If you’ve been sneezing a lot lately, you’re assuredly not the only one. The noses know we are at peak pollen season.

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