October Seventh – to Scofton

Spider web on Morse Lock's gear

Spider web on Morse Lock’s gear

Another one of those ‘accidental’ walks. I wandered into town via pond and canal and found myself in the shiny new bus station. There’s loads of places that I could get a free* ride to, but somehow the idea didn’t appeal. So with nothing particularly in mind I meandered off down towards the Priory Church.

*being a certified antique I’ve got a ‘bus pass’ Continue reading

October – first post

Don’t forget that you can see pictures bigger by clicking on them.

Lørdag Første Oktober 2016

Google translate tells me that that’s Saturday first October in Danish.
As usual for the weekend, a Mollyless walk

The two planes are both Flybe heading for Doncaster. They were almost exactly an hour apart. Note: the later one’s propeller powered – not very common for so large a passenger craft(?).
Convolvulus flowers are pretty beautiful – pity it’s a weed. Continue reading

February 2016

New Toy

Got myself a new toy:

Nikon J5 'mirrorless'

Nikon J5 ‘mirrorless’ & lens adaptor


As with all things Nikon it was not cheap: the adaptor, which allows use of Nikon DSLR lenses, was over £150!

As a camera it’s OK: geared towards the snapshotter methinks. The only things I’ve really benefitted from are the swivel screen and the in-camera panorama shots, the header pic above is one of these. Continue reading

It’s here!

I cannot be bothered with blogging when the weather’s decent – I’d rather be out walking, although I do shove some pics up to Flickr after each day’s meander.
So a quick catch up on the summer(ha)‘s pictures.

Don’t forget you can see ’em bigger by clicking on pictures. Click on the first of a batch to start a followable gallery.

Back end of May

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Friday 5th, Retford to Ranby

I had a right tussle with computers to get this far. I lost a whole load of pics on one machine, found ’em on the 2Tb external drive, lost ’em again and finally(!?) found some of ’em again.

Last Friday (5th July) got bus to Retford & walked to Ranby on the Chesterfield Canal towpath. I’d taken over 1400 pics, the new camera does repeat pics at enormous speed. The pictures I’ve found are the ones I’d extracted bits from.

Mostly dragon/damselflies but there’s a grass snake in the water among them. If I’ve misidentified anything, please let me know.
DSC_4816BlueReflect Common blue damselfly reflected.
 
 

 

S N A K E

Spotted me and fled – disappeared in the reeds on the far side of the canal.
DSC_4822SnakeDSC_4824SnakeDSC_4825Snake
 
 
 

DSC_4889CommonBlueAtItPair of common blue damselflies “at it”.
 
 
 

DSC_4901CommonBluesTwo common blues on the bankside.
 
 
 

DSC_4916PerchNot great on fish but I think these are perch.
 
 
 

A couple of common blues in flight. Not the easiest to snap:DSC_4965BlueDSC_4973Blue
 
 
 

DSC_4991BroadBodiedChaserGot this down as a “broad bodied chaser” dragonfly.
 
 
 

DSC_5009Dragon
DSC_5086DragonflyLaying the next generation.
 
 
 

DSC_5116DragonflyCaught in flight!
 
 
 

DSC_5143DragonDamselDamsel watching a dragon.
 
 
 

DSC_5166TortoiseshellNot seen a lot of these about yet: Tortoiseshell.
 
 
 

DSC_5169SmallWhiteSmall white.
 
 
 

DSC_5181RopemarksRope marks in the arch of Lady Bridge. The bridge is on a bend so the rope, abrasive from being repeatedly wetted and trailed on the path, would slowly grind grooves.
 
 
 

DSC_5248CommonBlueAll four wings of a common blue in flight.
 
 
 

DSC_5259CommonBluesA pair of common blues reflected.
 
 
 

Banded Demoiselle:
DSC_5279BandedDemoiselleDSC_5285BandedDemoiselleThese little beauties were fluttering about all the way, but very reluctant to pose for the camera.
 
 
 

DSC_5310flyNot sure what this dragonfly is.
 
 
 

DSC_5466GoldfinchesA little flock of goldfinches.
 
 
 

DSC_5495ChinookPassing over.

Sunday to Thursday

Not a good week – effin’ crap weather: Friday and Saturday took NO pics!

Sunday 23rd June

Crow

Always reminded of Tweeedles when I see a monstrous crow!

Ducklings

Could fill the internet with cute duckling pics.

Black headed gull about to pounce on  piece of bread.

Black headed gull about to pounce on a piece of bread.


 
 
 

Monday 24th

Chaffinch three times.

Chaffinch three times.

At least I think it’s a chaffinch. Always prepared to be wrong!
 
 
 

Stages of a dog rose.

Stages of a dog rose.

There is, of course, the “hip” yet to come.
 
 
 

As I walked past an oak sapling, dozens of these little things dropped. Look at those antennae!

As I walked past an oak sapling, dozens of these little things dropped. Look at those antennae!


 
 
 

Kit rabbit cowering at the side of the footpath.

Kit rabbit cowering at the side of the footpath.

Sadly I was told that it was dead a short time after. 😦
 
 
 

Rather gorgeously coloured fly on a flower

Rather gorgeously coloured fly on a flower

A chaffinch doin' the buggerin' off

A chaffinch doin’ the buggerin’ off

Another (or the same?) black headed gull. This time posing for the picture.

Another (or the same?) black headed gull. This time posing for the picture.

Tuesday 25th

Two of the grebe chicks practising the mating dance.

Two of the grebe chicks practising the mating dance.

You can just see the youngsters’ erect crests! 
 
 

... and here's mum or dad with a fish for one of the kids.

… and here’s mum or dad with a fish for one of the kids.


 
 
 
Passing swan

Passing swan


 
 
 
Blue tailed damselfly.

Blue tailed damselfly.

Insects have been noticeably scarce, presumably because of the weather.
 
 
 
Not magic - look closely - you'll see the line. Perch

Not magic – look closely – you’ll see the line. Perch

There were a couple of anglers on the canal.
 
 
 
Ringlet butterfly

Ringlet butterfly on buttercup


 
 
 
Walked up to Shireoaks pit as was – now “Woodland”.
 
 
 
Always feel sorry for these beasties. Last year's peacock butterfly on its last legs.

Always feel sorry for these beasties. Last year’s peacock butterfly on its last legs.


Grass: caught my eye is all.

Grass: caught my eye is all.


Bird

Bird

What bird is this perched high on an alder tree?
 
 
 
Scarlet pimpernel

That demned elusive pimpernel!

I’d no idea that was what this was until I looked it up. Tiny flower about 8-10mm across.
 
 
 
(Northern?) Marsh orchid.

(Northern?) Marsh orchid.

Guy told me there were these on the old pit tip. Loads of ’em it turned out.
 
 
 
Birds foot trefoil being interfered with by a moth

Birds foot trefoil being interfered with by a moth

Mallard bathing

This lady was having a bath for about ten minutes.

Wednesday 26th

Noticeable because of their brilliant red colour. Cinnabar moth.

Noticeable because of their brilliant red colour. Cinnabar moth.


The underside of a speckled wood butterfly

The underside of a speckled wood butterfly

...and the topside of a Speckled wood.

…and the topside.

Speckled wood are the commonest noticeable butterfly around so there’s quite a few pics of ’em – sorry.
 
 
 
Passed these and thought of Mandelbrot. (!)

Passed these and thought of Mandelbrot. (!)

Thrush - outnumbered by blackbirds.

Thrush – outnumbered by blackbirds.

Heron on the pond.

Heron on the pond.

Not seen very often yet this year, but the duckling season’s here!
 
 
 
Struck me as amusing. Walking the dog!

Struck me as amusing. Walking the dog!

Unidentified damselfly.

Unidentified damselfly.

This one's a blue tailed damselfly

This one’s a blue tailed damselfly

Couple of coupling blue tails

Couple of coupling blue tails

Thursday 27th

Tiny midge and aphid on a leaf.

Tiny midge and aphid on a leaf.

Really got to get a macro lens if I’m gonna do stuff like this.
 
 
 
Marked the tip of its antenna

Marked the tip of its antenna

Playing about!

Playing about!

Really small motherfly .

Really small motherfly .

Pied wagtail on Dock road.

Pied wagtail on Dock road.

... and last but not least a sparrow!

… and last but not least a sparrow!