These early flowering Irises both share the same species name – bulbocodium – which means ‘wooly bulb’ or ‘wool covered bulb’. Presumably because they share the same sort of furry bulb … Continue Reading Two wooly bulbs!
The common daisy is a lovely little flower when you look closely. Cannot help but love them! Each little white petal is part of an individual flower, or floret, together … Continue Reading Lovely little daisies!
Whilst I was waiting for a flight back to London at the small airport at La Coruna, in northwest Spain, I went for a walk outside the terminal building and … Continue Reading A malee of mating frogs
Prince Charles has drawn attention to the ‘barbaric slaughter’ of song birds which occurs in Cyprus during the migration season (1). Although blackcaps are a traditional delicacy on Cyprus – … Continue Reading Mediterranean song bird slaughter
Bocage’s Wall Lizard (Podarcis bocagei), is another lizard which is endemic to (only found there in) the northwestern Iberian Peninsula. The adult males and females are sexually dichromatic – meaning … Continue Reading Bocage’s wall lizards turn green when mated
I knocked tentatively on the door. “Come in, come in” said the voice. I noticed the faded sign saying ‘GOD’ in large gold lettering. “Don’t be shy; what can I … Continue Reading A story
Schreiber’s green lizard (latin name Lacerta schreiberi) is only found in the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula: that is in both central/northern Portugal and northwest Spain. There are also some … Continue Reading Schreiber’s green lizard – going blue in the face!
“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling … Continue Reading A tangled bank or two
I have been trying to identify this lovely little blue flower which I see all the time when in Galicia, Spain. At first I decided it was Scrambling Gromwell (Lithodora … Continue Reading Little blue Spanish belle
Broomrapes, or broom-rapes, are parasitic plants which grow on the roots of other plants, such as ivy, vetch or clover. They are native to temperate regions in the northern hemisphere … Continue Reading Broomrapes are funny plants
I was first attracted to these insects by the dancing patterns on the river bottom as I walked along the Rio Sor (of which more in another blog) in Galicia, … Continue Reading Pond skaters on the Rio Sor
Some of the most beautiful colour patterns in nature are in fact, warnings. The yellow and black colouration of the wasp is a classic example. Another appealing combination of colours … Continue Reading Don’t eat me: I’m poisonous!
The Tawny Mime (Papilio agestor Gray, 1831) is a tropical papilionid butterfly with a wide distribution, from Pakistan across northern India, Nepal and Bhutan and down through Myanmar into south-east … Continue Reading The Tawny mime is a mimic!
Views from the top of the mountain.
It was rather cold and misty when I visited Doi Inthanon – the highest mountain in Thailand – in early November (08/11/2013). The mists were swirling around the mountain near … Continue Reading Views from the top of the mountain
Posting a few more photos of this lar or White-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar) from Chiang Mai Zoo. This gibbon must see hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of humans every day, so … Continue Reading More gibbon photos!