In my experience, the Marsh Fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia, is relatively common in Galicia (NW Spain) – where I took these photographs – but is considered to be threatened in the … Continue Reading Marsh Fritillary – doing well in Galicia
Morouzos Beach (playa de Morouzos in Spanish) is a 2.8 km strip of sand which lies at the entrance to the Rias Ortigueira and Ladrido in A Coruña Province, Galicia, Spain. Behind … Continue Reading Morouzos Beach: a unique and fragile dune habitat
I came across these little blue belles whilst walking along the Rio Sor in Galicia earlier this month. There were not present in any sort of profusion, but they had … Continue Reading Autumn Crocus
I have searched long and hard for a pitta! I am not a very good bird-watcher; I tend to get bored too easily if the bird does not appear right … Continue Reading Pity the poor pitta!
Selamatkan Yaki! (Save the yakis!). It we cannot share the planet with these beautiful and tolerant creatures, then I do not think that we (us humans) deserve to be here.
Black Crested Macaques or Sulawesi Black Macaques (Macaca nigra) are only found in northeastern Sulawesi (and on a couple of adjacent islands) in Indonesia, and are critically endangered as a result … Continue Reading Selamatkan Yaki! (Save the yakis!)
The hills and mountains of of Galicia in north-west Spain are covered in heather and gorse which flower from late summer into autumn. The heather and gorse are alive with … Continue Reading Blues on the heath!
The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a very distinctive butterfly with an interesting history in the UK. It was very common and widespread in the early nineteenth century, but then its range … Continue Reading A comma, not a full stop!
I chased this butterfly for quite a while before it settled down on a leaf and let me take a photograph! I did not know what it was at the … Continue Reading An endemic egg-fly from Sulawesi
I came across this huge spider on Bunaken Island, in northern Sulawesi. The body must have been about 4 cm long and the legs spanned at least 15 cm, maybe … Continue Reading You are so nice, I could eat you!
Sea daffodils waiting for their hawk moths.
The Sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) is a Mediterranean plant which also extends out along the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain and France. They typically grow on sandy soils such as … Continue Reading Sea daffodils waiting for their hawk moths
A beautiful damsel in a lovely spot!.
The Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo meridionalis) is a European damselfy which likes small, fast flowing streams and rivers. The female has a metallic greenish-bronze body and brown or russet coloured wings. … Continue Reading A beautiful damsel in a lovely spot!
The little things we take for granted, but on which we rely for food and oxygen!
Sea Holly is a common component of beach-dune ecosystems in Europe. I love the subtle colour combination of spiky green leaves and the lilac-blue flowers. This plant says to me: … Continue Reading Sea Holly