Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Autumn at Bodenham Arboretum....19/10/2016









                                           October's Party

                                           By: George Cooper

                                           October gave a party;
                                           The leaves by hundreds came—
                                           The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
                                           
And leaves of every name.
                                           The Sunshine spread a carpet,
                                           And everything was grand,
                                           Miss Weather led the dancing,
                                           Professor Wind the band.

                                          The Chestnuts came in yellow,
                                          The Oaks in crimson dressed;
                                          The lovely Misses Maple
                                          In scarlet looked their best;
                                          All balanced to their partners,
                                          And gaily fluttered by;
                                          The sight was like a rainbow
                                           New fallen from the sky.

                                          Then, in the rustic hollow,
                                          At hide-and-seek they played,
                                          The party closed at sundown,
                                          And everybody stayed.
                                          Professor Wind played louder;
                                          They flew along the ground;
                                          And then the party ended
                                          In jolly "hands around."





 






 
 
A colourful Season, enjoy!
 






Monday, 17 October 2016

A few of the remaining September 2016 Algarvian images.

 Images taken at Lagoa dos Salgados

 
                                                        Sea Daffodil
 
The Gulls were after the figs growing on the trees. A tasty meal if you like figs!

 
 
Bottoms up
 
That's better!
 
 
Clouded Yellow butterfly

 
Lang's Short-tailed Blue butterfly
 
 
Long-tailed Blue butterfly
 
 
Common Darter dragonfly

 
Emperor dragonfly
 
Long Skimmer
 

 
Wheatears on typical perches.


 
Stonechat
 
 Quinta do Lago
 
Purple Swamphens and Pond Turtles
 
 
Little Grebe

                                                       Great Crested Grebe
 
Moorish Gecko
 
One of many stunning sunsets seen during the holiday. This one was taken overlooking
   Galé .
 
Finally my Star find of the holiday! An Iberian Grey Shrike. A distant sighting but nonetheless an exciting one!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


                                         
 
 
 


A few of the remaining September 2016 Algarvian images.

 Images taken at Lagoa dos Salgados

 
                                                        Sea Daffodil
 
The Gulls were after the figs growing on the trees. A tasty meal if you like figs!

 
 
Bottoms up
 
That's better!
 
 
Clouded Yellow butterfly

 
Lang's Short-tailed Blue butterfly
 
 
Long-tailed Blue butterfly
 
 
Common Darter dragonfly

 
Emperor dragonfly
 
Long Skimmer
 

 
Wheatears on typical perches.


 
Stonechat
 
 Quinta do Lago
 
Purple Swamphens and Pond Turtles
 
 
Little Grebe

                                                       Great Crested Grebe
 
Moorish Gecko
 
One of many stunning sunsets seen during the holiday. This one was taken overlooking
   Galé .
 
Finally my Star find of the holiday! An Iberian Grey Shrike. A distant sighting but nonetheless an exciting one!