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Wildlife photos in October. Week 4.

So October is at an end. And what a beautiful one it has been. Here are my wildlife photos from the last week of a rather glorious month.

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22 October.  On a wall Ivy – Leaved Toadflax which is a common trailing wallflower. It is also known as ‘Mother of Thousands’ and usually flowers from May to September.

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23 October. I make some Foxy Leaf Art from a Sycamore Leaf. 🙂

24 October. On a walk with Hugo I notice this Fungi with it’s orange colouring. Looks like it’s been nibbled on. In an old almost dead tree I spot a Carrion Crow  which makes a spooky silhouette.

25 October. Colourful purple berries and crimson leaves in the park.

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26 October. I notice the changing colours of this Virginia Creeper   on my way to work.

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27 0ctober.  Another flower that lingers in the hedgerows is Bindweed with its papery white trumpet-like blooms.

28 October. An afternoon at Lowther Castle  in Cumbria saw myself and my little helper spotting lots of wildlife. 🙂 More Fungi , if anyone can id them?  Imogen found lots of autumn leaves, berries and nuts, including Sweet Chestnuts . Once cooked , these are the chestnuts that can be roasted on an open fire. I love their fuzzy shells. The bird ( another silhouette I’m afraid) is actually a Buzzard with something in its beak. Apparently it is our most common Bird of Prey here in the UK. I still felt privileged to see it.

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29 October.  Poisonous red climbing berries from the Bryony plant.

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30 October. A male Blackbird singing in a bush. Blackbirds appear in the nursery rhyme ‘Sing A Song Of Sixpence’.

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31 October. Find a late bloomer in my back yard. Think it might be a Dahlia. 🙂

So there goes October. Hopefully the mild weather will continue on into November, and so will the beautiful colours. 🙂

 

 

 

What to look for in Autumn ~ A Ladybird Nature book.

I’m not sure whether I have left it a little late to take my What to look for in Autumn Ladybird book out and about. After all November is not particularly Autumn like, in that the best of the seasons colours are fading away. Today however was fine and sunny so I made the most of the afternoon and had a mooch down the river. Unfortunately I think everyone else in my hometown had the very same idea. Oh, I don’t like to share !

I love the Ladybird What to look for books, which were published in the 1950s. I have managed to collect three of the seasons ( Summer, Autumn & Winter) and they are interesting to look through ~ especially to see how the countryside has changed over the years. They are illustrated beautifully by artist Charles Tunnicliffe, whose work was also used in the novel Tarka the Otter and on Brook Bond Tea cards. 🙂

Here are a few of the photographs of my afternoon and the star of my shoot ( tee hee ), my What To Look For In Autumn Ladybird Book.

My walk started out somewhat Pear shaped.
My walk started out somewhat Pear shaped.
Leafy track.
Leafy track.
Beautiful Barn Owl.
Beautiful Barn Owl.
Hawthorn berries.
Hawthorn berries.
Amongst the beach nuts.
Amongst the beach nuts.
Autumn colours.
Autumn colours.
Yarrow husk.
Yarrow husk.
Snow Berries.
Snow Berries.
By the river.
By the river.
Handsome Pheasants.
Handsome Pheasants.
Crunching.
Crunching.
Munching.
Munching.
Holly.
Holly.
Heading home.
Heading home.

Do you have any Ladybird books?

September ~ changes in the scenery.

Its been a while since I wandered down the fields, along the brook and to the river ribble. I was surprised by the changes that have happened in only a few weeks. Leaves are subtly changing colour, birds are enjoying the ripening wild berries that adorn the hedgerows and some flowers are looking a little fuzzy round the edges. Summer still lingers however. Its a lovely warm day. 🙂

Ivy creeps up a shed.
Ivy creeps up a shed.
Dandelion clock
Dandelion clock
Hawthorn berries.
Hawthorn berries.
Brook.
Brook.
Indian Basalm
Indian Basalm
Wild Mint
Wild Mint
Changing colours
Changing colours
Blackberries.
Blackberries.
There's a birdie in there. honest!
There’s a birdie in there. honest!
Elderberries.
Elderberries.
Bunny
Bunny
Thistledown
Thistledown
Gulls
Gulls
Rose hips
Rose hips
Mr Robin gets his close up!
Mr Robin gets his close up!