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Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 2

Week 2 of my documentation of a clump of Snowdrops growing in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

A week after the first photo was taken and the Snowdrops are starting to show the beginnings of the white flowers that give the plant its name.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops
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Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 1

Something a little different for my Flora and Fauna Friday post over the next four weeks.

Each Friday I will be posting the next photo in a sequence showing the growth of a clumps of Snowdrops in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Originally photographed over a 4 week period in the mid 1980s for one of the natural history photo agencies I was contracted to.

In the first photo a few of the Snowdrops are just emerging from the soil.

Flora and Fauna Friday: 8th January 2021
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Turkey Tail fungi

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is the polypore mushroom Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor). Polypores are also known as bracket fungi.

When I photographed and captioned this specimen over 30 years ago the common English name was Many-zoned Polypore. That name seems to be less common than the name Turkey Tail nowadays.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Many-zoned Polypore
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Hidden Coyote

The subject of my Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Coyote (Canis latrans). A species of canine native to North America.

It is widespread and abundant and is moving into urban areas in eastern Canada and the U.S.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. I like the way the colour of the Coyote blends in with the surrounding grass.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
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Horse Chestnut

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), a large deciduous tree.

Alternative common English names include conker, buckeye and horse-chestnut.

The species is native to the Balkans in South East Europe. However it is widely cultivated throughout the temperate world.

This photo was taken at Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England and shows the seeds, seed capsules and leaves in the autumn.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Horse Chestnut
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Fly Agaric

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) fungi. An alternative common English name is Fly Amanita.

The reason for fly in the common English name is because the fungi is traditionally used for catching flies.

The Fly Agaric is the classic red toadstool popular with illustrators of children’s books. This specimen was photographed on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England in the autumn.

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Holly berries

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is Holly (Ilex aquifolium) berries.

Technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. They are a popular winter food source for a variety of birds as well as being a traditional Christmas decoration.

These berries were photographed on a mature female tree in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Holly