I’ve been suffering from occasional back nurgle which, with my ‘walk over a mile and the hip goes “clunk“‘, has sometimes made walking a bit of a chore. Some days I don’t go at all but they’re few and far between. Minimum usual walk is to town via lake and canal, most often including up to Deep Lock.
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Or you can see this week hereLINK on flickr
This was one of the ‘minimal’ days:
A squirrel in the trees across the canal and a wren singing its heart out.
From small: a small, very blue, spider; to large: a panorama of the pond. Narrowboat Pipedream had just left Morse Lock and was heading east. Clover flowers are underrated, except as nectar providers for bees. Thrushes have the best song of any bird and they’re not shy about sitting in a tree top using it.
Robins are the birds least wary of people and often let you get close enough for a decent portrait. When you see the common wild or ‘dog’ rose, you can see why the rose has been regarded with such adulation for thousands of years. (let me Google that for youLINK)
The black cap was another ‘new to me’ bird (caveat: I might have seen ’em without knowing, of course). This one was among the brambles and elder below Morse Lock.
The moth was, I think, a shaded broad bar – I’ve seen a load since. Often overlooked, buttercups provide nectar for a host of insects – here a tiny beetle.
The grebes are still sitting on their eggs on the pond and there’s always a robin somewhere around the lock. Plenty of campions up and down the canal, this one’s white but I think red is more common. Apparently they interbreed to make pink ones. (dirty buggers!). Mallard famiies are all over, on pond, canal and even on the Ryton. No Idea what the flower is, but it’s pretty, innit?
Bee orchids are almost common on Shireoaks Woodlands, They are pretty but not terribly beelike.
Another of my panoramas, this one from, and of, the Woodlands. Did I tell you why I always use the German – Kaninchen– for rabbit? Common blues aren’t all that common. Pyramid orchids look very like marsh orchids although their shape, when fully in bloom is quite distinct. If you look at the bee as large as you can, you’ll see the blur of the wing above as it hovers in to a landing.
Bird on the wire – (if you don’t know the song, I beg you to listen to itLINK)* – this particular bird is a bluetit. Not sure what the buggy thing staring at the camera is but the other one’s a soldier beetle. Scarlet pimpernels lie almost hidden in the grass. Returning down the towpath a pair of robins were searching through the gravel.
*Try this as well (46 minutes audio)
Walked to town via pond and canal and then bus to Ranby to walk up the canal back home
The moon was snapped about half past nine and had to be rather viciously ‘shopped to get it to show at all. Chiffchaffs are quite common around the west end of the pond although they do hide rather well in the leaves. Our little patch of water lilies at fishing peg #1 is slowly, very slowly, expanding. Families of mallards still abound.
Once started up the canal from Ranby it’s more a matter of what not to snap. The canal, towpath and countryside are alive.
There’s damselflies by the dozen – catching one stationary long enough to photograph is a whole ‘nother matter – this one’s a common blue. The bud is a large dandelion-like flower – I’ve been told its name but …
Beetles are everywhere but 99.99 percent of them are outwith my competence of naming.
Don’t like canada geese – they shit all over and squeeze out native species – but the family groups are cute.
Another beetle and then a pair of swallows – think this is a ‘shopped composite – they’re not easy to catch in flight.
How now Brown Cow? A field of lapwings or peewits.
Scofton church looks really ‘English countryside’ through the trees across the fields.
A Thomson holidays ‘plane, possibly en route to Doncaster Airport.
The plant with bee I identified as nightshade but was told that it is in fact comfrey. Back in the canal there were tadpoles by the dozen.
At Osberton Lock a small flock of grey wagtails was buzzing around. The six on the wire is a ‘shopped composite.
Why the tree? It’s just me playing with a ‘Hugin’ panorama but consisting of three vertical series side by side.
A favourite view of mine is of the two Osberton Hall bridges.
Damsels do sometimes sit still for the camera as do hoverflies.
The only damsels with coloured wings, banded demoiselles are beautiful to watch.
Up at the seven arches rail viaduct there is a new bridge. It carries a new service road to the sewage farm. No idea what the moth is.
There’s a sodden chunk of land between the rail line and river/canal that’s often has various waterfowl on it. This lapwing was sitting in front of a buttercup patch.
Narrowboat Sophia was moored just opposite the donkey paddock.
A rather tatty peacock butterfly on the towpath.
Up at The Canch the roses were blooming while a robin patrolled.
Short walk to town – ponderama, poppy and a grebe shaking off after a dive.
The sparrow had a beakful of food for his nestlings. Vetch is almost a six month food supply for bees.
“Cor look at the antennae on that!”
Finish the day with a speckled wood.
Even shorter walk in drizzling rain. Heron on the pond thrice, a snail on the move and a slug orgy.