Friday, November 13, 2020

13/11/2020 Friday 13th!!! Part 2 of my walk

  Maximum temperature here today 17⁰C, minimum 10⁰C.  Dry today, but 1 mm of rain measured this morning.   18km/h South-westerly winds with gusts up to 38 km/h. 

I have in fact managed to get out for a walk every day this week, so I have even more photos now!  I can generally just fit in slightly over 4 km within my 1 hour allowed out, and within the 1 km radius that we are allowed to walk (with our timed and dated forms).  Depending of course how many insects or birds I have to chase along the way!

We live at the red dot and the blue track I follow is through farmland.  The full circle is 2.33 km and well inside the 1km radius from home that I am allowed.  I try to do it twice.

The farm track.

Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).

Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum).

Gorse (Ulex europaeus) not sure why it is flowering in November!

Italian Arum Leaves (Arum italicum).

Striped Toad Flax (Linaria_repens).

Not sure about this one, it looked like an edible mushroom but.....

One of the blue butterflies Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous). Thanks Richard for this ID.

Possibly Alydus Calcaratus on Cow grass Clover.

 A slightly battered Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)...

As above.

Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).  Flower possibly is (Tolpis staticifolia).

Hoverfly on rapeseed flowers that are growing at random along the roadside.

Spanish Slug (Arion vulgaris).

Sweet Chestnuts (Castanea sativa), and no I did not pick any up.  They were not very big and my walking time is too precious.

European robin (Erithacus rubecula). I have seen four robins on this route. Their territories are about 0.5 of a hectare so two of them have to be a pair as they are always together, the other two are in different places.

Woodlark (Lullula arborea).

Number 104.

The young bull.

Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra).

I think this is Calamint but I am not sure which one.

Dandelion (Taraxacum).

Pansies in a pot by someone's house when nearly home.

Just down the road.

Back home I saw this Plume Moth possibly (Emmelina monodactyla).


My local list of wildflowers. (90 Species 23/08/2020).

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41 comments:

  1. So glad you're able to walk, Diane. And, you bring us so many different species of flowers. I had to laugh at the young bull; he sure was looking you over. :) Of course, seeing the cows makes me want to back over home. There is just nothing as being there in the country.

    Have a nice weekend; you and Nigel.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Sally, it is so nice to be able to see sheep, horses and cattle while out walking, i love the farm lifa around us. O hope that all is well with you, Take care Diane xox

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  2. Great that you can get out and about a bit at least. You made the most of the walks for sure. Great photos.. I envy those temperatures. We had a few days with temperatures in the mid teens. So nice and unusual for us. Insects were around again.

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    1. Marie it is good that we live where we do that I can walk alone and not see a soul so I get to see so much in animal ans insect life. Rain arriving tomorrow and then it cools down!! Keep safe Diane

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  3. Your lovely photos really make me want to be outdoors.

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    1. I am lucky with all our restrictions that I can get out and not see a single person it is so quiet. Cheers Diane

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  4. Thank you for this delightful post, Diane. It was great to be able to see your walking route. Your expertise in wildflower ID is right up there with your photographic prowess!

    If I had to make a guess at the ID of your blue, I'd say Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous).

    I hope that the weather holds good enough for you to continue your walks. Stay safe - - - Richard

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    1. Richard you always make feel so good with your kind comments, thank you. Having taken another look at that blue I think you are spot on, i did not look hard enough to see that little tail before.

      Rain coming tomorrow and the weather is cooling down but I live in hopes that I can still get out.

      All the very best to you and the family, Diane

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    2. I have updated the post with the ID Thank you.

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  5. My word, Diane, you have to plan your walks with the precision of a military manoeuvre! The important thing is that you are still able to get out and enjoy the air and all the creatures you meet, despite the impositions of the pandemic. Our experiences are going to become part of family folk lore.

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    1. David it is not easy keeping to the time limit on the walks especially when I see robins that keep just moving a little bit away from me, and tempting me to inch closer, and the butterflies do the same. The insects now though are getting a bit scarce. This is certainly going to be a year to be remembered in many ways!!!

      Stay safe, Diane

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  6. It's amazing how much you see on one of your walks. Many lovely photos.

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    1. Hi Yvonne, if their is a glimmer of sun around I have a good chance of seeing quite a lot. Thanks for the comment. Have a good week Diane

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  7. Hi Diane - you're great that you give us the ids on most things - thank you ... it's a treat to read ... and to see your sun and beautiful countryside. The limits are a pain, I'm sure, but at least you're somewhere there's some freedom by being in the country. Yup - the rain has arrived ... we've had it in bucket loads in the last 24 hours ... stay safe - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, i try to get ID's where I can but not always possible. The weather has been kind the past week though Sunday we had 16mm of rain the only day I did not get out. Have a great week and keep well. Diane

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  8. That's a really decent walk Diane, perfect on a nice day. You certainly see some interesting sights along the way 😊 your little robin is a delight to see 💛

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    1. Grace it is the loop within the 1km, all other tracks go away too far so I am lucky that this one is through the country. Only one day out have I not seen the robin, it has been a pleasure to spot them. Have a great week and take care. Diane

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  9. Glad you are able to get out to enjoy your walk and nature. Love what you see on your walks. That is a strange looking moth in the last photo.

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    1. Hi Nancy we see quite a few of those Plume moths, but I agree they are very odd looking. Keep safe, Diane

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  10. I love the shot of the farm tract. We are going back to a strict lockdown starting Wednesday here in Oregon. Glad you are staying safe & healthy!

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    1. It is a pity that the rest of America does not lockdown properly, you have far too many cases and deaths over there. We are doing our best to stay safe! Keep well Diane

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  11. Your photos brighten my day, thank you Diane :) Wishing you good health and a great week!

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    1. Thanks you Denise, you comment are always welcome. Take care, and please keep safe, Diane.

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  12. Beautiful photos Diane. I love the light captured on the flowers. Since you are out in the country there are all kinds of natural things to photograph and your certainly spot them all. Well done.

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    1. Hi Penny, trying to walk a decent mileage and take photos within an hour is not easy, but I try to keep my eyes wide open for any movement close by. Keep safe Diane

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  13. Beautiful photo's parade is here !. It really impressed my eyes as if I was taken on a tour around the countryside and saw the diversity of flora and fauna.
    Greetings from Indonesia

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    1. Greetings from France and thank you for your comment, it is appreciated. I hope all is well there, Diane

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  14. I am impressed with how much you see, and photograph, in only an hour. I'd never get that far at my slow place. Plus so lovely to still see flowers and insects.

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    1. I try to walk fast to get a bit of mileage in when I only have an hour, but I try also to keep my eyes focused on any movement at the same time. Not always easy, but I do usually find some interesting insects at the moment. Soon they will all disappear though as it gets colder. keep safe Diane

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  15. So glad you could get out and walk. So many fascinating sights to behold!

    Happy Wednesday, Rhodesia!

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    1. Thanks Veronica, it is good to get out even if only for the one hour allowed. The comment is appreciated. Have a good week Diane.

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  16. I'm amazed how much you see and do in an hour with those rather strict limitations. Your spirit must be well nourished. And your photos are delightful.

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    1. Hi Pauline and thanks for the comment. It is not always easy to find photos while out for a short walk at this time of the year, but if the sun shines a few insects and creatures do generally appear. Winter is round the corner than it will be very difficult!
      Keep well Diane

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  17. Awesome pics. You still have so many blooms going on over there. That moth...never seen one of those. Cool.

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    1. Thanks Pam, that moth is I agree very odd, I have never seen one before we came here, but then I did not look for things to photograph before France!!

      Keep safe and stay well Diane

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  18. How wonderful that you got out so much this week and took so many photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    I'm so happy to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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    1. Thanks Betty, it was good to get out. Thanks for hosting. Keep well Diane

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  19. Great with your walks, Diane and all the beautiful photos! Just finished doing fall clean-up here, leaves all down and rakes, very little green grass and no flowers here so it's great to see how it is your way.
    We are in for a strict lock-down through the holidays here in the Chicago area, and people are hoarding toilet paper, and paper towels again along with dinner napkins and other paper products. Don't get that at all and wonder who started it. Take care and be safe.

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    1. Hi Pam, most of the trees in our garden have now dropped their leaves only the oak to go and we have already done the acorn clean up. I have seen no hording at all on this recent lockdown but it certainly happened with the first one.
      Take care and stay safe, Diane

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  20. I'm glad that finally you can take a walk to get some fresh air.
    Your shots of beautiful flowers and cute birds and other fauna make our scene even more fresh.
    Great shot.
    Interesting post.
    Have a nice weekend
    Regards

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. Our walks are very restricted but it is good that we can get out at all.
      Take care and stay safe, Diane

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