As I mentioned in the last post, yesterday I gave the vac sampler a quick blast (or suck) - albeit just down the lane on a rough verge with grasses, docks, nettles a few thistles and other low-growing vegetation. Given the location I wasn't expecting too much, but I ended up filling pots pretty quickly. Here's a snap of the first sample dumped into a shallow white tray ....
Friday, 16 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Somehow I've ended up with a few different things to blog about through one day's activity. But it's late so for now I'll just go with some simple shots of various white flowers - all but one from today.
I'll start with a couple from the garden ....
This one is also from the square, but not yet in flower so I took a shot of the relevant bit ....
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Fear is the mind killer.
If you don't recognise the quote, it's likely you've never bothered to watch the epic and weird 1984 film Dune, directed by the equally weird and epic David Lynch. Based on the novel by Frank Herbert, it tells the story of a dystopian future where universal power and control is afforded to whoever controls the planet Arrakis (also known as Dune) and the mining for the drug Melange (also known as spice) that is necessary for space travel and is therefore the most valuable commodity in the universe.
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Today has been gloriously sunny, and I managed to make time to get out this afternoon for a while. I headed over to Croft Pastures, a site that I haven't visited too often but have been meaning to get to in early spring for a few years and haven't for one reason or another. It was on the list for last year before the lockdown scuppered those plans, and the year before I was recovering from my first surgery. Otherwise I've either been too early or too late for my target - today I was perhaps a few days too early but not far off.
Monday, 12 April 2021
Whilst supping a coffee this morning and casually glancing at the garden feeders, I mused to myself that as two were empty and one was about a third full that I probably should re-fill them one more time (I usually stop feeding during spring). Seconds later I almost spluttered the coffee all over the place as a small finch landed on the feeders. I dashed upstairs to grab the camera, and thankfully it was still there when I got back to the kitchen and grabbed a couple of shots ....
Seeing as the sun was out and I had the camera, a few other birds hit the sensor.
Sunday, 11 April 2021
Yesterday I followed up on a tip-off from Graham Finch and headed out to look for some larval life that would provide a lepidopteran tick. What I didn't realise until checking afterwards was that I was getting a vascular plant tick in the process. I headed out to Kinchley Lane that runs along the side of Swithland Reservoir, the site that I usually go and look for Psychidae early in the year.