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Wildlife pics every day in October. Week two.

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8th October.  Blackberries in the park. A late Summer and Autumn fruit that can be made into allsorts of lovely puddings, pies, jellies, junkets and jams. Here is a recipe for Apple & Blackberry Crumble .

 

9th October. Today (Sunday) turned out to be a good nature spotting day as it was sunny and still warm enough not to wear a coat. Although in the morning we had spied lots of squirrels at  Gawthorpe Hall , it was our afternoon walk around Standen on the outskirts of Clitheroe that proved more fruitful. I hope I have identified these right! The fungi looks like Ink Cap Mushrooms which are apparently edible.If they are them however, they are poisonous when combined with alcohol ~ leading  to their other moniker ‘Tippler’s Bane’. :b. The Dragonfly is a Common  Darter which is one of the few dragonflies that are around well into Autumn. The beautiful butterfly is a Comma , so named because the species have a white marking on their underside similar to a comma.:)

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10th October.  View of the rather straggly honeysuckle in my backyard. It never has many flowers and those that bloom don’t have the lovely scent that wild honeysuckle has. 😦

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11th October. A-haaah my friend the Grey Heron!  There’s a particular spot on the river protected by a canopy of trees, that heron’s like to fish. I was passing with Hugo ( my dog) at just the right time to capture this photo. 🙂

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12th October.  A sunny morning though a bit nippy. These Elderberries grow by a wall which is a bit of  a sun trap. The shrub’s clusters of fragrant creamy white blossom that bloom in the summer lend their flowers to cordials and champagne. The berries of Autumn can be made into wine and preserves.

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13th October. I love the candy striped flowers of the Herb Robert. They look so delicate but can flower well into Autumn.

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14th October. One of my favourite Autumn flowers is the orange Chinese Lantern. A house nearby has an abundance of them adorning its garden.

Thanks for joining me in my second week of posting a wildlife photo every day in October…

 What have you spotted whilst out and about? 

 

 

Winter walk round Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Brockholes floating visitor centre.
Brockholes floating visitor centre.

I recently realized Its very nearly the end of December and I hadn’t posted a #take12trips entry for this month. Yikes! Clare from Need Another Holiday started the idea off in the bloggersphere ~ encouraging other bloggers to get up off their behinds and visit one new place each month and write a little about it. Well as I absolutely need to get off mine ( totally over indulged this Christmas! ) I persuaded Wil that a good walk in the countryside was in order. We drove to Brockholes nature reserve just off junction 31 of the M6 near Preston. I have been here before as the amazing floating visitor centre has hosted the odd farmers market and craft fair. But today was all about the fresh air and wildlife. We picked up a free map from the interactive welcome centre and set off to walk the route round the various lakes, ponds and marshes that have become home to all sorts of wild fowl.

Swan in the reeds.
Swan in the reeds.
Canada Goose.
Canada Goose.
If you go down in the woods today.
If you go down in the woods today.
I spy a church.
I spy a church.
Translucent red berries.
Translucent red berries.
Water birds.
Water birds.
a spot of lunch in the restaurant.
a spot of lunch in the restaurant.
Geese.
Geese.
Bull rushes.
Bull rushes.
Heron.
Heron.
Coot.
Coot.
Another view of the floating visitor centre.
Another view of the floating visitor centre.
Lapwing  :)
Lapwing 🙂

There are various hides along the route if you want to spend more time watching the birds. And if you enjoy cycling the Preston Wheel Cycle Way also takes in the scenery here. The beautiful floating visitor centre has a waterside restaurant with a toasty wood burning stove and there are two gift shops on site. So if you want to experience the Lancashire great outdoors just off the motorway , this might be the place to come. 🙂

Birds,Butterflies and Blossoms.

Well it’s been a bit of a scorcher today folks.One of those rare bank holidays where the sun shines and all you want to do is visit the seaside ( I am well over due a seaside fix!). Before It got to warm this morning I took our aged labrador round the park and met up with lots of other doggies and their owners.Then I took myself off to the river side.Not quite the seaside but a lovely walk nonetheless. Here is some of the wildlife I found out and about early this morning.

Pretty blossom.
Pretty blossom.

Grey squirrel tucking into his breakfast.
Grey squirrel tucking into his breakfast.

Vivid blue Forget Me Nots.
Vivid blue Forget Me Nots.

Quackers.
Quackers.

Mayflowers.
Mayflowers.
Heron.:)
Heron.:)

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wood anenomes.
wood anenomes.

A kingfisher surveys his kingdom.
A kingfisher surveys his kingdom.

Cowslip
Cowslip

Peacock Butterfly.
Peacock Butterfly.

The Riverside.
The Riverside.
A face in a tree.Boo!
A face in a tree.Boo!

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The area I walked was The Brungerly Sculpture Trail and the Cross Hill Quarry Nature Reserve By the river Ribble in my hometown of Clitheroe. Hope you enjoyed the sunshine today. 🙂

This post is post six in the Blog Every Day in May challenge over on ROSALILIUM