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Common Frog

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Common Frog (Rana temporaria) found throughout much of Europe as far north as Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals.

Other common English names include the European Common Frog, European Common Brown Frog and European Grass Frog.

This is a male croaking to attract a mate, their throats turn pale/white in the breeding season. Males take up residence in a suitable breeding site and croak to attract females.

This individual was photographed in a garden pond in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Frog
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Common Hazel flower

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is the second part of my posts on the Common Hazel (Corylus avellana).

Last week my post was about the male Common Hazel catkins that produce the pollen to fertilise the female flowers.

This week my post is about the female flowers. The flowers are tiny, the entire bud in this photo is approximately the size of the head of a match. The red styles that form the visible part of the flower are 1 to 3 mm long.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Hazel
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Common Hazel catkins

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is part one of a two part post.

These are Common Hazel (Corylus avellana) catkins, the male flowers that produce the pollen that pollinate the Hazelnut producing female flowers. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. The catkins and flowers are produced in late winter or early spring before the leaves appear.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Hazel catkins
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Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 4

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is the final week of my sequence of photos showing the growth of a clump of Snowdrops.

As it’s the final week I will show the whole sequence in this post.

Flora and Fauna Friday: 8th January 2021
Photo 1.
Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops
Photo 2.
Flora and Fauna Friday: 22nd January 2021
Photo 3.
Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops
Photo 4.
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Snowdrop growing sequence, photo 3

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is number three in a sequence of photos taken weekly showing the development of a group of Snowdrops.

Photo 1 is here.

Photo 2 is here.

In this photo the group is showing more of the white flowers that give the plant its name and there are more emerging from the soil.

Flora and Fauna Friday: 22nd January 2021
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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