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Fly Agaric

Flora and Fauna Friday: Fly Agaric

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Fly Agaric fungi (Amanita muscaria).

These two specimens were photographed on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England in autumn.

Taken shortly after sunrise in warm light. Unfortunately the slugs and snails had been eating them overnight so I tried to compose the photos to hide as much of the damage as possible.

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Snow Geese on Autumn Migration

One Word Sunday: Spectacle

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is continuing my look back at autumn migration in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A flock of Snow Geese (Anser caerulescens) lift off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is a staging area for wildfowl on autumn migration

Snow Geese are native to North America breeding north of the timberline in parts of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia. They spend their winters in warmer parts of North America.

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Sandhill Cranes on Autumn Migration

Flora and Fauna Friday: Sandhill Crane

Another unusual Flora and Fauna Friday post this week. A line of Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) flying to roost at sunset.

Photographed at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. At the time the Quill Lakes region was a major staging area for Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes on autumn migration.

Apparently the water levels in the lakes is up massively since I was last there. I don’t know how that has affected the birds on autumn migration.

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Streaking Storm Clouds

2021: Streaking Storm Clouds

A 3 minute live composite exposure of storm clouds streaking across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

My Travel Tuesday post this week is a recent visit to the Government Dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

One of the rare occasions when I took my camera bag of weather sealed fast zoom lenses rather than my back to basics kit. Although the camera isn’t weather sealed so I still had to protect it whenever there was a brief shower.

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Macro Monday: 20th September 2021

Macro Monday: 20th September 2021

Leaf veins, a sign of autumn approaching. Taken on a walk Saturday afternoon.

Something of a rare occurrence for me recently, I had an auto focus macro lens on the camera.

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Northern Redbelly Snake

Flora and Fauna Friday: Northern Redbelly Snake

A somewhat different Flora and Fauna Friday post from me this week. A simple record shot of a snake I found sunning itself on a gravel road on a walk last Saturday afternoon.

This is a Northern Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata), a nonvenomous species found in parts of Eastern North America.

This individual is about two thirds grown. Not much bigger than a pencil it got quite belligerent when I tried to get it to move off the road to stop it getting run over. Eventually it got the message and moved off the road. Two vehicles had a go around me while I was trying to get it off the road.

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Macro Monday: 13th September 2021

Macro Monday: 13th September 2021

Detail of a lichen encrusted limestone boulder on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline.