Tag Archives: nature

Jay (on campus)

Tuesday 12th June 2018, 9.30am (day 2,483)

Jay, 12/6/18

A random bird shot yes, but point 1) — you really don’t see many jays, generally and point 2) you certainly don’t see many of them within 15 yards of Oxford Road, the A34, in the absolute midst of the UoM campus. Perhaps now and again we do something right.

And point 3). How did jays end up with quite such specific colouring? Who said, evolution-wise — OK, what you guys really need, to successfully reproduce, is that blue-and-white ‘policeman’s helmet’ style band? I’m sure evolution was the agent — really, I’m a Darwinist — but what drove it?

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Two jackdaws

Thursday 7th June 2018, 5.25pm (day 2,478)

Two jackdaws, 7/6/18

The weather doesn’t show any real signs of getting crappier. Expect hosepipe bans by the end of the month, at this rate. These two jackdaws had found a shady spot to shelter and wonder what the strange human was pointing at them from across the road.

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This year’s plum crop

Saturday 2nd June 2018, 3.15pm (day 2,473)

Baby plums, 2/6/18

In both 2013 and 2015 our plum tree fruited in ludicrous profusion. In 2015 we were taking bags of fresh plums down to the pub and giving them away, we had too many to use: the tree produced about 45 pounds of fruit (20kg) that year. Not so much in the last couple of years — but looking at it right now, it’ll be a bumper harvest in 2018. As long as the branches can bear the weight.

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In Carol’s garden

Wednesday 30th May 2018, 9.20am (day 2,470)

Columbines, maybe, 30/5/18

Our exertions of yesterday finished late enough to make crashing at the in-laws’ desirable. Morecambe was still a fine, sunny place this morning however. These flowers may, or may not, be columbines — the identification is hesitant. I like the one in the centre, though, just opening up, stretching its tentacles like a little octopus. Or pentopus maybe.

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Goslings

Saturday 26th May 2018, 2.20pm (day 2,466)

Goslings, 26/5/18

Are the babies of all species innately cute? Is this just something nature does? Well, OK, not flies, maybe, but the rule seems to hold for most birds and mammals at least. These goslings were being closely watched by Mum on the canal at Mytholmroyd this afternoon.

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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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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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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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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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Frog friends

Sunday 25th March 2018, 12.40pm (day 2,404)

Frog friends, 25/3/18

A morning’s spring cleaning on the allotments revealed this colony of frogs living in an old plastic bath on one of our neighbouring plots. These two seem close….

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