Tag Archives: nature

Outdoor reading companion

Monday 2nd August 2021, 3.40pm (day 3,630)

Reading fly, 2/8/21

You wait ages for a small insect and then two turn up in consecutive days. This fly hung around for a while; clearly it has an interest in Ted Nelson’s Literary Machines this afternoon. As did I.

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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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Know Thy Place

Tuesday 27th July 2021, 1.25pm (day 3,624)

Pigeons on mill, 27/7/21

“There’s not enough room up here. You’ll have to stay down there.”

“Ah, come on you jobsworth. Look, Bob’s up there and he’s not even grey.”

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Summer field

Wednesday 14th July 2021, 3.15pm (day 3,611)

Poppies in field, 14/7/21

A very pleasant summer’s day, the land around feels like it has reached peak fecundity. Nice to look at, although not so good for my nasal membranes, frankly. But that’s the price I pay.

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Campus bee

Wednesday 7th July 2021, 5.10pm (day 3,604)

Campus bee, 7/7/21

The bee is the symbol of the city of Manchester (something to do with ‘industry’), so it seems appropriate that this guy and his colleagues were busying themselves on campus this afternoon — certainly they are showing more industry than the human inhabitants are at the moment.

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Pigeon’s-eye view

Tuesday 6th July 2021, 3.05pm (day 3,603)

The Hebden pigeon population is well trained, and anyone who simply sits on a park bench for a few moments of contemplation (as I did this afternoon around 3pm) will soon find themselves the object of curious, food-related enquiries from the local birdlife. Feeling in need of a new approach, I tried putting my camera down amongst them at ground level and (not wishing to join everyone down there myself) firing off the shutter at random a few times. This was the best of the shots that resulted. But it may also be a sign that I need to get out of Hebden a bit more.

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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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Wild strawberry

Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 3.15pm (day 3,590)

Wild strawberry, 23/6/21

This is not an eventful period of my life. This is nothing to do with the Great Fear, it’s just how the wheel is turning at the moment. But at least the wild strawberries are out, and waiting to be found.

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The white and the black

Tuesday 25th May 2021, 11.05am (day 3,561)

White and black calves, 25/5/21

Went out on a walk, not that the weather is getting any better — atypically, May 2021 has been a cold and grey month in the UK. These calves, particularly the black one, look as grumpy about this as I feel.

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Rule 1: Follow mother

Monday 24th May 2021, 3.20pm (day 3,560)

Duck and ducklings, 24/5/21

Have I yet done 2021’s duckling/gosling pic? No? Well, here you are then. These balls of fluff can get up to a decent speed in the water, you have to give them that.

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