Monday, October 12, 2020

12/10/2020 Out for a drive.

  Maximum temperature here today 14⁰C, minimum 5⁰C.  2 mm rain measured this morning but more forecast..   10km/h South-westerly winds with gusts up to 23 km/h.   

I thought I had caught up with September photos, but I realised yesterday, that I had not edited the photos from a drive that we went on in the middle of the month......

A country road and lots of trees.

Our first stop where I took a walk to take some photos was at Exideuil-sur-Vienne.  This is a photo of part of the Vienne river...

As above  The oldest parish in the town registers dates back to 1606.... 

The old bridge in Exideuil-sur-Vienne which I can find no information on!!

It has a blue line down the middle, but traffic can only travel one way at a time. First come first serve, it is only wide enough for one vehicle.

This looks like a mini covered market which we saw from the car just as we were leaving the town. Apparently, it is a meeting point.

A map of the Charente Lakes which is where we stopped next.

This is the lake on the left of the map, Lac de Mas Chaban.  The water level was extremely low when we were there.  After all the rain in the past few weeks, I would hope this has risen considerably.

The same lake framed through the trees but the sun was in front of me!

We then travelled on to the second lake, Lac de Lavaud.

A very similar outlook to the first lake, again with a very low water level.

Autumn starting to show in the tree colours as we finally drove back home.

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

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The final photos from September

  Maximum temperature here today 19⁰C, minimum 13⁰C.  Dry at the moment.  Since the end of September we have though measured just over 100 mm of rain!! 12km/h South-westerly winds with gusts up to 28 km/h.  

A number of people who normally comment seem to have missed my last post.  Maybe because the last two started off with sunsets it caused confusion and it was thought to be the same post!


Autumn daffodils (Sternbergia lutea).

Sedum.

Topinambour flowers (Jerusalem Artichoke) (Helianthus tuberosus).

Pampas grass and cosmos.

Not too sure what this little fellow is other than a caterpillar of some sort.

Common Blue butterfly - female (Polyommatus icarus).

Speckled Wood butterfly  (Pararge aegeria).

As above

Puffball fungi.

Not sure what this fungi is maybe Conocybe???

As above...

As above with a fly.

Bumble bee on the last of the lavender...

As above...

As above.

Rosemary beetle (Chrysolina Americana),...

As above on the Rosemary.  Very pretty but sadly a pest.

I am often asked what lens I use for my photos.  I do not have a macro lens and all above photos are taken using a TAMRON Megazoom - 18-400 mm on my Nikon D3500 camera.  I have a Nikon Fitting but they also make the same lens with a Canon fitting.  


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

See also my


Joining up with My Corner of the World.


Photo competition running until 31 December - colourful photos.

t

Let us all join in, great fun.


 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

A few more insects before they all disappear with winter approaching.

  Maximum temperature here today 17⁰C, minimum 12⁰C.  10 mm of rain measured this morning from overnight.   20km/h South-westerly winds with gusts up to 49 km/h.  

I walked a couple of kms down the road to get this sunset.  The sky looked promising and I decided to try and get it from a different position to where I normally stand.  The walk was well worth it.  Nigel said, "now if only you had a silhouette of a giraffe it could easily be Africa".

Weaver's Fritillary (Boloria dia)...

As above...

As above

Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina).

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

Web Spinning Triangulate Combfoot (Steatoda triangulosa).

Green shield bug - Adult  (Palomena prasina).  See the nymph of this bug in the last blog.

Too many moths, (to me), look similar to this so I am not going to try with an ID.

Giant House Spider (Eratigena atrica).

Western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus-occidentalis)

As above.

Autumn daffodil/crocus (Sternbergia lutea).

Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa violacea or  Xylocopa valga) on a cosmos flower...

As above.

Social wasp (Vespula germanica).

Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album).

Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria).

Common Wall Lizard - adult (Podarcis Muralis)...

This little fellow was only about 7cm (3 inches) long.

N.B.
I am often asked what lens I use for my photos.  I do not have a macro lens and all above photos are taken using a TAMRON Megazoom - 18-400 mm on my Nikon D3500 camera. I have a Nikon fitting, but they also make a Canon fitting as well.


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

See also my


Joining up with My Corner of the World.


Photo competition running until 31 December - colourful photos.

t

Let us all join in great fun.

Monday, September 21, 2020

A few more insects.....

 Maximum temperature here today 22⁰C, minimum 16⁰C.  Raining as I type.   5km/h South Easterly winds with gusts up to 18 km/h.  

Still far behind but I am slowly catching up!

I was a bit late to catch the best of this sunset a couple of nights ago!

Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) female.  

As above.

Great potter wasp (Delta unguiculata).

Common potter wasp (Eumenes coarctatus).

Yellow Autumn Crocus or Autumn Daffodil (Sternbergia lutea).

Green stink bug nymph, (Chinavia halaris)...

As above.

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)...

As above...

A better specimen of the Small Copper taken the following day.

Bee on the Sedum...

As above.

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis).  I thought it might be smelling the flowers, but I think it is far more likely that it is waiting for an unsuspecting meal.

Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)...

Oops, I left a light on and the following was the result....
Yellow Shell moth (Camptogramma bilineata).

Mother of Pearl moth, (Patania ruralis).

Small Dusty Wave moth (Idaea seriata).

This moth I am not sure of!!

One of the Plume moths.


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

See also my


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