We’re firmly back in Scotland!
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?
Old, bent and twisted – a bit like the photographer who took this photograph!
The Stump – Richard Broom Photography
Now a nice home for insects and, unfortunately for the insects, a feeding station for woodpeckers…
The Ex-Tree – Richard Broom Photography
Rotten to the core and completely stumped…
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…
Image inspired by John in Nevada who does interesting things with his images.
Broken beyond repair…(abandon all hope!!!)
The veins (?) in the leaf look like a city roadmap.
A big chicken seen lurking in the reeds today…
Moral: never take a dog with you when you are recording soundscapes!
Please click on the Soundcloud link below, close your eyes and join me for a walk in the woods at Hemmeland – a wooded area close to Monnickendam, Noord Holland, Netherlands.
Hemmeland is a great place to see nature, picnics, sunbathing and for dog walks. At Hemmeland you’ll find a mixture of wildlife, flowers, plants, trees, beaches and much more. There was a northeasterly wind today blowing at between 10-15 Knots. You’ll hear quite a lot of noise generated as the wind blew through the treetops. You’ll also hear the dog sniffing around.
There’s not too much about Hemmeland on the Internet but you can look at my photographs of Hemmeland by clicking on this link to visit my Adobe Spark Hemmeland page (scroll down when you get there)
See all other soundscapes here.
A walk towards the darkness…..
The Night Walk
Must try to turn over a new one!
Do you ever get that feeling you’re hanging on by a thread?
When you go down to the woods today…..
Pssst…might be a moth!
A spot of light and dark for you all.
On a warm summer’s day, the Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Gardens) Amsterdam is such an oasis of peace and tranquility. Somewhere to catch your breath…
We hardly ever notice leaves but they are wonderfully engineered structures.
Whilst taking the dog for a walk this morning I took a photograph of some tree bark. Great for backgrounds and overlays (see next post). And then I started to wonder. Why is bark so wrinkly?
I’m trying to work out why this tree root took off on its own journey…..
My fascination with these strange mushrooms (?) continues. They seem to be surviving the winter against all the odds. The strange life of fungi!
Cute toadstools growing on a rotting log. A more inquisitive man would find out what they are called…
For some reason this high-rise fungi was growing up the side of just one tree in the entire forest. I took the photograph yesterday, by this morning the fungi had all died back. Strange is the life of fungi.
I’ve been out and about today taking photographs of fungi at Hemmeland (not far from Amsterdam and a delightfully secret bit of the Netherlands)
Toadstools (or maybe mushrooms?) hiding under the leaves in Hemmeland, Netherlands
More fungi. No idea what type but pretty…
Autumn is just around the corner….
A wall in Amsterdam…
This is not exactly what I was expecting when I opened my Dubai hotel bedroom curtains this morning. Nothing if not different!
Walking around Monnickendam today with the big lens
Some of our images from Belgium…
A walk in the woods at Hemmeland (Netherlands) with our pooch: