August back end

Thought I’d better do some bloggin’ or folk’ll think I’ve snuffed it. Starting from t’ end of August.
Here goes (click the pics to see ’em bigger)(All pics are on Flickrlink, where they’re bigger than here)

Wednesday 31st August ’16

Wednesday: Wodnesdæg: Woden’s day
“When gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion.” As I was told some short time ago.
It’s the start of spider season. At least the fat bodied ones that create webs in the brambles. Speaking of which, there’s more and more blackberries; “mellow fruitfulness”† indeed.

I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned Molly before – she’s a wee dog I walk for a guy whose job means he has to leave her alone all day. I thought at first she was a Scotty but have decided she’s a Jack Russel type of beast.
There’s a horse (pony?) in the field alongside the green lane; Molly showed no fear and neither did the horse when they were introduced.
There’s always helicopters passing above and Netherthorpe Airfield has a Tiger Moth.
Dragonflies are more visible lately.
The eel was not the angler’s favourite catch of the day.
Terrapins are living quite happily in the canal; there’s at least two. (lots of terrapin pics to come – sorry)
To Autumnlink by John Keats which was part of my ‘O’ level English Lit course 50+ years ago.


Tuesday 30th August

Another helicopter; terrapin basking in the water and a bee on clover.


Sunday 28th August

Dragonfly warming up in the sun.
Narrowboat Lady Lee leaving Morse Lock and then passing the ‘bridge’ that used to cross over the Lady Lee arm.
The larva is of a harlequin ladybird.
Narrowboats New Horizons and Florence moored at the Lock Keeper.
Another helicopter passing and a heron hunting in the unmown end of the rugby field.


Friday 26th August

A really titchy froglet, a grasshopper hiding in plain view, a speckled wood butterfly and a common hawker dragonfly.

Far above an Emirates ‘plane catches the sun.
The stripy fly is a Helophilus Pendulus or Sun Fly (thanks twitter).
Two green veined whites on nettles and a dragonfly on a blackberry.

Some graffiti I like; these examples are under the A57 bridge over the River Ryton.
Another speckled wood, they’re the commonest butterfly around at the moment.
Horse looking bored.
A wren in the bushes between Stret Lock and Sandy Lane.
The few clouds in the sky form a pretty backdrop to the pond.
Another hawker dragonfly.


Thursday 25th August

The pond looking rather miserable.
Reeds flatten down to provide kipping places for mallards and stands for moorhens.
Nb Florence approaching Morse Lock and Nbs Larkspur and Blackbriar moored at Worksop.


Wednesday 24th August

It’s almost impossible to catch a dragonfly in flight so most pictures are of the rare occasions when the beast is sitting on something. They appear to ignore things as big as humans.
Grasshoppers on the other hand evade by remaining dead still and imitating a stalk of grass.
The main butterfly of the moment, indeed of the year, is the speckled wood. We’ve had very few of the bright ones (peacocks, red admirals etc) since May when the overwinterers appeared only to be stymied by the cool June.
It is definitely spider season.

Fish have spawned, there’s zillions of small beasties in the cut. Interesting (or not) factoid: the main food of young pike is young pike.
Terrapin’s there, basking.
The tiny moths are omnipresent, this one’s on a tiny convolvulus flower which enhances its visibility.
The (damaged) sluice mechanism is on the Ryton feeder of the Chesterfield Canal. I told C&RT about it, dunno if owt’s been done.
Wasps do like ragwort.

Walking back up the canal the Terrapin’s still there.
Seed heads make beautiful natural spheres.
Three species in the ivy; blackbird, sparrow and starling.
The Chinook passed directly overhead after I’d got home.

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