Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Going, Going (But Not Quite) Gone.

The pond has a strong population of herons during the summer months with three species represented. The weather is changing and now the numbers are thinning out fast. This seems to be the last Great Blue Heron.

All the mature Black-crowned Night Herons have moved south but there are still a few juveniles making the most of the masses of Blue Gills living in the pond to feast on and fatten up before they fly to warmer climes.

A heron fishing is the definition of focus.

Do not disturb!

Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunlit Seed-heads

I love how many different forms of seed-heads grasses produce and the late afternoon autumn sunlight shows them off perfectly.

Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Wonderful Wood Duck

Is there anything more opulent than the glorious male Wood Duck in his magnificent breeding plumage? He just looks so handsome.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Siesta Time

The animals in the park certainly seem to be making the most of the beautiful autumn weather we have been having. Happy, sleepy ducks :)

This squirrel had obviously just been wading on the waters edge and was using the warm afternoon sun to dry off and warm up.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn Colours

I have a kind of love/hate relationship with Autumn. I love the season for itself, the colours, the smells and the crunch of dried leaves underfoot but at the same time I can't help but feel that it is a harbinger of doom. It indicates that very soon the temperatures will plummet to minus who-knows-what and we will be layered in ice and snow for months on end. That just takes the edge off all the beauty of Autumn for me unfortunately.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

As Busy As A .......................

Well September may have been lousy but we are being blessed with a few beautiful autumn days now that October has arrived. The honey bees from our hives are certainly making the most of the sunshine and gathering the last of the years pollen to tide them through the long, cold months ahead.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Changing Things Up

I am amazed how many of my friends' blogs I have read recently who have either been considering no longer continuing their blog or just feel like they have nothing to say. What is going on? I have felt as if my blog has been in extended death throes for months now but rather than pull the trigger I have been trying to work out why I wasn't spending time blogging any more.
I have another blog which I thoroughly enjoy and, of course, there is also the dreaded facebook. So what gives? Why is 'the rambling' just not happening?
I think I have come up with a solution - I am always posting about work!!! All work and no play............. so a new leaf has been turned. I am going to try to do shorter posts, some photos of something that catches my eye, something that makes me smile during my day and leave it at that for a while. If this involves something at work then fine but we'll see.
And so with that in mind, today's post - fun with fungus.