We were up in the Scottish hills this morning where a number of trees have been cut down (to allow others more space to grow we think). We noticed this strange wooden-like growth (shaped like a toilet seat) growing around the top of the tree stump. Appropriately brown! We’re not quite sure what causes this growth. It is solid and is not some kind of fungus. We noticed the ‘toilet seat’ on several tree stumps. What are these growths? That question has got us stumped too. Anyone know the answer?
They don’t mess around in Scotland (Boris Johnson, take note!)
Where else would bats hang out?
We’ve noticed quite a few trees up here in the Cairngorms that appear to be dying. Disease? Polution? We’re not sure but a pity to see trees dying off…
A strange spotted mushroom found in the Cairgorms today whilst out on a dog walk. No sign of any red squirrels yet…
….it just turned out the way it did…
Image inspired by John in Nevada who does interesting things with his images.
We’ve spotted a number of these ‘nests’ made by the Oak Processionary Moths in nearby oak trees here in the Netherlands. We’ve never seen them ever before. That’s global warming for you Mr Trump!!!
But, before blaming Mr Trump too much, it looks like we British might be responsible for introducing this particular (and toxic) pest into Europe. More information here.
The frogs here in Holland are all fired up with the need to make love…(lucky frogs!).
They are here to get you! Be afraid!
Still having fun with the new Texture Slider in Adobe Camera RAW. It’s a fun tool and it worked well on the flower below. I love taking photographs of flowers with a very narrow depth of field – it makes the flower pop out of the background. The new texture slider gives the image a bit of extra pop!
The veins (?) in the leaf look like a city roadmap.
Sue tells me that, whilst the plant/weed shown in the first image below looks like a stinging nettle, it isn’t and you would not be stung if you touched it. I will not be testing this hypothesis. If it looks like a stinging nettle, then it will sting you. I apply the same logic to snakes. If it is a snake, it is poisonous!
For comparison purposes, the image at the bottom of this post is a stinging nettle.
A big chicken seen lurking in the reeds today…
I am sure somebody will know what kind of plant (weed?) this is. Spotted near Monnickendam (Netherlands) today. Almost like some kind of alien creature!
A slightly more fragrant post than the last one!
The rabbit who lives in the hedge next to our boat…
A walk towards the darkness…..
The Night Walk
Even more fooling around with Reflector. I should really be doing something more useful!
More fun with Reflector.
Another flower I don’t know the name of:
Do you ever get that feeling you’re hanging on by a thread?
When you go down to the woods today…..
I didn’t notice the ants when taking the photography. Not sure what they’re doing!
Not fruit at all but we were surprised when we found out what it was. Clue: found on an oak tree.
Some images from the forest coming up shortly:
Pssst…might be a moth!
More insect pornography!
Promiscuous beetles seen today having open air sex. Even threesome sex! What little tinkers they are!
One I haven’t seen before:
A spot of light and dark for you all.
By gum! There’s two of them!!!
I could be wrong but I think this is a Red Admiral…
Tom very kindly corrected me. This is not a bee, it’s a hover fly!
Now surely this must have come straight out of the the film Alien by Ridley Scott
Sue looking out for the elusive woodpecker.
I apologise deeply for sweeping away centuries of botanic and taxonomic research when I rename these flowers with my own (silly) name. But you do have to admit, they look a little bit like lightbulbs!
Not sure what makes them fluffy…
No idea what it is, but nice.
As usual, no idea what it is but a nice flower
Theresa May might feel like this today…flattened!!!
Probably one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in the woods…