Saturday 27 February 2010

Eurasian Coot, Fulica Atra

Common Coot, Fulica atra

The common Eurasian Coot is a plump waterbird similar to a moorhen. I spotted this one foraging by the pond in Saint James's Park, London.

Tuesday 23 February 2010

European Robin, Erithacus Rubecul

European Robin, Erithacus Rubecula, bird

Normally I'm too slow when trying to take close-ups of birds. By the time I'm ready they're long gone! Luckily this robin in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace didn't mind waiting for me.

Sunday 21 February 2010

The Apennine Mountains

half moon, 6pm 21/02/2010

half moon, 10pm 21/02/2010

No matter how many times I photograph the moon, every photo seems to reveal surface features I hadn't previously noticed. Tonight the shadows fell just right for the Apennine Mountains to show to the west of the Sea of Serenity. The range includes Mons Huygens, the highest mountain on the moon at 5000m.

Friday 19 February 2010

Squirrels in Central London

squirrel in St James Park

grey squirrel in Green Park

This morning I wandered around central London and was amazed how tame the squirrels are. They seemed quite happy to pose patiently for photos and were confident enough to climb all over me!

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Offering from the Druids

The Nine Ladies Stone Circle is a Bronze Age circle of 10 stones in the Peak District National Park. The tenth stone was discovered in 1976. According to legend the Nine Ladies were turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday.

The circle appears to have been used by modern Druids as a holy place to worship nature. Their offering was left at the centre of the circle.

Thursday 11 February 2010

Cave Formations in Gough's Cave

There are some amazing formations in Gough's Cave, but I can never see what they're supposed to be. What do they look like to you?

Sunday 7 February 2010

Reflections of the Swiss Village

Reflection of the Swiss Village formation in Gough's Cave, Cheddar

The Swiss Village is a formation in Gough's Cave, Cheddar. The picture and clip both show the village's reflection in a shallow pool below the formation.

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Frost Crystals

frost crystals, hoar frost

frost crystals, radiation frost

Yesterday's frost formed needle-like crystals up to 3mm. Hopefully it won't be the last hoarfrost of the winter because I'm hoping to get a better shot.

Have you got any tips on taking close ups of frost, ice or snow?
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