Friday, 20 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Teasels are biennial plants often found in damp places. This means that the life cycle of the plant takes two years. They grow to around 2 metres high and can often be seen in these parts when travelling around even by car as they are so striking. The flower heads apparently have about 2000 tiny flowers which are visited by insects including butterflies for the nectar. In the autumn and winter watch out for flocks of goldfinch which visit the teasel heads for the seeds.
Teasels or Fuller's Teasel as they were also known, were important in the Cotswolds where they were used as a natural comb in the wool trade for raising the nap on the woollen fabric. In the 20th Century they were replaced by metal combs but it is said that the natural teasels are still prefered by some as they produce a much better result.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Most of the woodland plants have died back beneath the canopy of leaves as here all you can see is last year's leaves on the woodland floor. The sunshine is only able to get through the tree canopy in places but if you look carefully you will see that this is made up of circles of sunlight where each gap in the leaves acts like a lens showing an image of the sun.
Sunday, 1 August 2010
You can tell a dragonfly from a damsel fly as the dragonfly rests with its wings open and the damsel fly folds them back. This is not always true as this newly emerged dragonfly shows struggling with a strong breeze to dry out on a cotswold stone cottage wall. A few moments later it had moved to a more sheltered place and was behaving conventionally.