I like to find the names of things. I’m not usually satisfied to title a photo ‘blue flower’ or ‘some kind of insect’. I like names. Sometimes it takes me ages to figure out what something is called, scouring various websites trying to match my plant or creature to one described.
Here are some of the things I’ve had to find names for over the last year. Most of them are things that were new to me this year, or if I’d seem them before I hadn’t found out what they were called. It’s always surprising that even though I generally stick to visiting the same areas again and again, I can still find something new!
By the way if you think any of my IDs are incorrect, please let me know – I’m always learning 🙂
If you find yourself trying to identify a plant or creature, here are some really useful websites to help you. These are only relevant if you’re in the UK. I’m sure there are equivalent websites elsewhere though.
The frost was not so pretty today and the light was not the best so I looked for other things to photograph. I was drawn to some splashes of colour in the garden on the trees. One tree is covered in lichen – some of it a surprisingly bright green – and another tree (sadly deceased) is sporting a couple of different types of bracket fungi – one bright orange and the other a little more subtle. It’s surprising what colours you can find if you look, even though there are very few flowers around.
The weather has improved and the storms are now over. The clear up has got underway in town, and out here all is calm and there’s even been some sunshine! It has turned a lot colder, but that is the price we pay for calmer weather I guess.
Today we went out for a walk around the village, which was nice despite the cold. I spotted these Snowdrops getting started near the wall by the church. I’m not sure if it’s a bit early or about right. After last year’s late spring I’m wondering if we’ll have an earlier one this time.
I also saw some leaves emerging in the hedgerow which again makes me think spring may be early. And there are loads of catkins.
In the soggy areas near the village pond the fungi that had been growing everywhere seem to have mostly disintegrated into a slimy mess which isn’t all that pleasant. Perhaps it has been too soggy even for fungi! There are a few left intact though.
Also on our walk today we saw some Chaffinches and Blue Tits, many berries, and a daisy, as well as some reminders of autumn with a leaf hanging on still, and oak galls that have been there for months on a small oak tree. The Chaffinches don’t seem to visit out garden any more, but it’s good to see they’re still around the village.
This is a photo from that walk in my lunch break nearly two weeks back. As I mentioned, I was looking out for fungi, and spotted this cute little one growing on a log. It was nice to find one that wasn’t in a clump (so I could just focus on this one) and also didn’t have any chunks missing! I am rather fond of these little mushrooms.
Another shot from Monday. I was specifically looking out for fungi and found several different sorts. I’ve had a go at trying to identify them but I’m not getting very far. If you know what these are, please comment. It didn’t do my leg much good unfortunately – squatting down to get shots is rather painful these days. But I got some nice shots so I’m happy 🙂
On a walk at the weekend we spotted some interesting fungi. First some “normal” looking mushroomy fungi, and then some very odd orange slimy stuff which after a bit of googling seems to be jelly fungus – perhaps one called Witches Butter or Yellow Brain Fungus. Very odd stuff … fascinating, but also slightly revolting!