Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Even more Bluebells!

It must now be fairly obvious that I love bluebells.

English Bluebells

Monday, 27 April 2009

Over the Rainbow

Beautiful Rainbow

Beautiful rainbow this evening and the trees looked as if in 3D bathed in the late evening light.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

More Bluebells

English BluebellsThey just keep getting better and better!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Bluebells in full swing

English BluebellsWhat a wonderful show of bluebells. They will be reaching their peak in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

The Terrible Twins?

Roe deer - Capreolus capreolusSitting at my computer this morning, two heads suddenly appeared at the window!

I slid down below the desk whilst trying to find my camera. I managed a few shots before they disappeared.

Roe deer - Capreolus capreolusThese roe deer are in the process of shedding their winter coats. Their fur seems very patchy with the ginger summer coat just showing through.

I have a feeling that these are the twins that were born last year. It is unusual to see a male and female together at this time of year.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The Morel Season

Semifree morelEarly in April each year a patch of Morels spring up in the garden. Sadly, these are not the sort-after delicacies which mushroom hunters prize. Those in our garden are the Semifree morel - Morchella semilibra, which I believe can cause stomach upsets if eaten.

They can be identified by the lower part of the cap being free from the stem.

The animals enjoy eating them, however, and they quickly are nibbled away. There must have been a couple of dozen of them this year.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Start of the bluebell season :)

English Bluebells The bluebells are just starting to flower. These are true English Bluebells not the Spanish or hybrid variety. This is another species that will eventually disappear to the foreign invaders.

For the next few weeks the woods will become more and more blue as the bluebells emerge. It is a magical sight when they are in full bloom.