ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

A GREAT DISPLAY. (16/08/15)

I am enjoying a bit of dry weather as it hasn’t rained for twenty four hours. Yesterday afternoon I was wandering about and found several things to snap.

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I checked the old straw bale to see if the Common Inkcaps had re-appeared, they hadn’t but this had. It’s a Rose-gilled Grisette. Volvariella gloiocephalus. There are many names for this mushroom both in Latin and English. These are edible and Slimy Volvar is one of the less appetising names.

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There were plenty of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies around and with it being cooler they were posing nicely though not nicely enough for me to get a head on shot.

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A Green or Blue Bottle. I have yet to convince myself there is any difference. I suspect it is how the light hits them.

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The young Buzzards came out for a glide around and this is as good as it got.

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I was very pleased the dogs found this wonderful display of Sulphur Tuft. Hypholoma subericaeum. It is a grand show.

Have a good week.

29 comments:

  1. Brilliant photos as always but (I promise I'm trying to be helpful not picky) you might want to clean the lens you took the first three photos with. I can see two spots and a small curly thing (too small to be a hair I would think) in the same position on each photo. They don't detract from the photos but I'm guessing you won't want them to stay incase you end up take a photo you want to print large or sell.

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    1. Mark they are on the sensor and I have run out of swabs. I usually spot remove in post but forgot. The other camera is worse it has a tiny midge in it. When I get above 1:1 I have to spend five minutes per image and sensor cleaning is both expensive and very hit and miss. Even if I never changed lenses Canon shutters fire drops of lubricant everywhere.

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    2. Ah, I was so hopping they were on the lens as I can imagine cleaning the sensor is a right pain.

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    3. It's rare for anything to show if it's on the front element Mark. Sensor cleaning is easy to do but hard to do successfully.

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  2. The two butterfly shots are incredible.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, they were in a cooperative mood.

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  3. Lovely shots of the Tortoiseshell Adrian, and those Buzzards are getting closer too!
    The fungi file seems to be coming along nicely now, as well?....[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor. Plenty of fungi this week but ten times as many slugs.
      The Buzzards are ridiculously close to the van but I still can't find the nest.

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  4. Alf and Mol have great noses...clearly. Hope you've had a nice weekend.

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    1. R.Mac, they had wandered off and found something revolting. It was just chance that these were close by a dad pigeon.

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  5. HI adrian Keep looking for the Buzzard. The Butterefly shots are brilliant.

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    1. Margaret, I see them several times a day but catching them close enough for the camera is a different matter.

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  6. Love the butterfly and thistle combo... Really nice.

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    1. Thanks Bill, they were behaving today.

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  7. Oh yes, the last one, Sulphur Tuft, are my favourites, love them.

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    1. Bob, they do put on a good show.

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  8. Dry for 24 hours! You are really short of water! I've seen the tight cluster of small fungus here. They don't last very long.

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    1. Red, these last a day or two. They are impressive whilst they last.

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  9. Lovely butterfly photos! And I really like your last photo of all those mushrooms.

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    1. Linda, it is good to see butterflies. There are plenty about but not many days suitable for them.

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  10. Those aren't Buzzards! The split image: the one on the left if it's the size if about the size of a (just a little smaller though) Buzzard looks very much like to me a Goshawk I'm 99.9% certain, the second bird on the right looks more Harrier like but again similar to Goshawk only 50/50 any more images of that bird would be nice to have a look at Adrian. I'm leaning towards Hen Harrier for that one though.

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    1. Actually looking again possible Pallid Harrier, cheers Monday morning headache lol.

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    2. Douglas, Whatever they are nesting somewhere not three hundred metres from the van but the trees are so dense and tall I can't find them. I do see a Goshawk from time to time but it moves so fast through the trees it is difficult to see it. I'll take a chair and sit down for an hour or so and have another go a serious go.
      There are buzzard here as on fine days they soar about up to half a dozen at a time. They soar high though.

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  11. Used to have many Small Tortoiseshell flutters visiting here until the cricket club nature vandals cut down the nettle patch at one end of their field.

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    1. No shortage of nettles here. Butterflies are few and far between though.

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  12. I to have noticed a sad shortage of butterflies this year. Usually there are lots up no the downs, but this year, very few.

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    1. Frances, I don't know what has happened to them all. It is sad.

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  13. Wow, Sulphur Tuft is very spectacular

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    1. Kovacs, it does put on a great show. It is all i'm finding at the moment.

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