Hedgehog – winter spotting 

I almost walked over this poor little hedgehog this morning! In November – fancy that! The fact that it went totally still and pretended to be part of the background didn’t help at all..

Not the worlds best photo by a very long way, but the best I could without stressing the animal or muddying my work clothes!

Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Also known as christmas cactus (but it is flowering here in Cambridge just in time for Thanksgiving), Schlumbergera’s are a strange sort of cactus plants. They have stems that look like leaf-like pads connected to one another. The flowers form at the terminal end of the plant. I grew mine from a small two segment section taken from a friends house and popped into a pot.

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Schlumbergera truncata cultivar. Thanksgiving cactus.

Technical Data

Nikon D7000, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
ISO400, f/13, 3 seconds

Flying Legends – Curtiss P-32 Hawk (H75-C1 N82)

Captured at the Flying Legends Airshow at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. More about this iconic US built World War 2 plane on Wikipedia. This particular model H75-C1 (number 82) is one of (possibly the only) Hawk to be restored to flying condition. Please click on the photo for more viewing options on Flickr.

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Technical Details

Nikon D7000, f/5, 1/1000, ISO200

Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 Lens

Stalked UFOs amongst us!

Continuing with the fungal theme, here’s one I thought looked a lot like a flying saucer on a stalk (maybe eating them may have that effect!). Or one of those rides in a fairground. I’m not sure of the exact mushroom type but this may be a sort of milkcap.
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A teeny tiny mushroom!

The rain and the damp here in East England has meant that there is a sudden explosion of mushrooms. Large and small, normal and strangely shaped, they’re all shooting up everywhere.. Here’s a tiny tiny mushroom that was shot at the closest approach I could make with my phone! I have selectively desaturated the background for emphasis.
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Blowin’ in the wind!

My workplace is also home to a wetland habitat. The wild grassland bordering is a haven for moths, butterflies and damselflies that thrive on the plentiful thistles. I find them especially beautiful when they set winged soft silky winged seeds ready to be blown by the gentlest breeze.

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Thistle seed heads. Click on the photo for more viewing options on Flickr