This rhododendron is known as the ‘the thousand year old rose’ in Thailand, and for all I know they really do grow for a millennium. The Latin name is Rhododendron … Continue Reading The thousand year old rose
This little butterfly is a member of the family Pieridae, and has a wide distribution which covers Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. I took this photograph in northern Thailand. … Continue Reading A wandering snowflake
It must be galling to be covered in these! Sorry for the schoolboy pun but they do not look very attractive do they?! These so-called nail galls are caused … Continue Reading A galling mite!
This beautiful plant is a Thailand endemic (only found there) which occurs towards the top of mountains, such as Doi Inthanon and Doi Chiang Dao, in northern Thailand. The plant … Continue Reading Rhododendron ludwigianum
A Ria is is a coastal inlet or flooded river valley. The word ría in Galician and is related to the word río (for river). There are many Ria or rías … Continue Reading Ria de Ortigueira – a special place!
Twelve linnets and two green finches on a gorse bush by the Ria Ortigueira, Galicia, Spain
I came across this bird when I visited Wat Tham Pha Plong at the base of Doi Chiang Dao, a lovely mountain north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was the … Continue Reading Feisty pheasant!
Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) on a stick in Spain (Galicia) in early April
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is a strikingly colourful eucalypt which originated from South East Asia (the native distribution covered: New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao) (1). It is a member … Continue Reading Rainbow tree
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are so common that they are easy to take for granted; but look closer and you will see an amazing organism (perhaps even a super-organism) so well adapted … Continue Reading Dandelions are born survivors!
Chiang Dao Mountain.
Doi (meaning mountain) Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand, at 2,195 metres above sea level. It is one of the most beautiful in my opinion and the … Continue Reading Chiang Dao Mountain
Six blue tepals and some nectar thieves!.
Spring Squill is a lovely perennial wild flower, with lilac-blue or violet-coloured flowers which emerge each Spring from the underground bulbs. It can be found all along the north and west coasts … Continue Reading Six blue tepals and some nectar thieves!
Yellow-legged gulls (YLG) have probably been around for quite a long time, but they have only recently been recognised by us humans as deserving a species of their own! Larus michahellis. Not … Continue Reading Yellow legs and a yellow bill!
This lovely beetle, whose full name is Coraliomela quadrimaculata, is a leaf-mining leaf beetle with a fondness for palms and coconut trees. It is found in South America, so we … Continue Reading A lovely beetle, but a bit of a pest!