Saturday, 8 November 2014

Moon rise

THERE was a fantastic night sky yesterday - the moon was huge on the horizon.  It was full and bright, and there were only a few wispy clouds.  I popped up to our local park, which sits on a hill, to capture some piccies with my 400mm lens.



I liked the purity of this shot:


The brightness was astonishing




Monday, 3 November 2014

Autumn in Lower Woods

A mixed weather Sunday where we dodged the sharp showers and bathed in bright sunshine.  We enjoyed this sliding in the mud of Lower Woods in South Gloucestershire.


I was hoping to find fungi to photograph, but we ended up doing a quick circuit with little time to look.  Many of the tracks were quite hard going, especially where the ground was on a slope, and the stream to high to ford, but just it meant that we found a different path to take.


As its a native woodland there are no exotic red Japanese maples of the local magnet Westonbirt Arboretum, but the hazels (below) and the oaks were nevertheless beautiful, and we saw only 6 or 7 people all day in the woods themselves!


An ancient coppiced alder hanging over the stream was of particular interest as it played host to a field maple, ash, bramble, ivy, mosses and ferns - all protected from the ravishes of browsing deer.


I found one or two rather attractive toadstools:

(Amanita ceciliae?)
(Psilocybe fascicularis?)
 

We sheltered from the rain under an obliging holly, just having finished our lunch.

  
Waiting for the rain to stop I noticed quite a few puff balls (Lycoperdon excipuliforme)



This oak apple gall was an interesting find:


Back in Bath the rain passed over and the sun came out:


Finally off home for cake and a cup of tea.

Monday, 27 October 2014

New Forest uber blog

MY New Forest blogs seem to have been quite poplar, so I thought that I'd bring them all together on one uber blog:

My favorite are the ones from 2010 when the pigs and fungi were plentiful -not sure waht happened in 2011!: