Amethyst Deceiver

Earlier this week I took my grandsons to Cooper’s Hill in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Whilst they were climbing trees and having fun I was spotting fungi. And then I found some purple fungi…..I’ve never seen purple fungi before so I was very excited and out came the trusty camera. Research led me to finding out that they are called Amethyst Deceivers and are edible (though I’m not going to be frying them up for dinner!).

I used the flash on this one hence the brightness.
I think this one is a young ‘un with its little frilly edges!

This is probably going to be the first of a few fungal blogs as there were so many different ones at Cooper’s Hill!

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Kaffir Lilies in the Rain

I most enjoy bright sunny days for photography…..however, the rain can produce some lovely effects. These Kaffir Lilies have just come out in the last week and very pretty they are too…..

And one from above!

Hope you like them!

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An Ode to the Stinking Iris, Poor Thing!

We have many stinking irises in our garden-they are very hardy and will survive almost anything including very vigorous hack backs by myself! They are so prevalent that I sometimes forget how pretty the flowers are and how striking the seeds and seedpods too…..

Quite complicated and pretty!

And here’s the seed pod….

Bursting with seeds!
Wow!
Ah purdy!

Now sometimes I can be inspired towards poetry and today I found myself pondering the rather brutal name of such a pretty flower and why someone would have called it a ‘Stinking Iris’ when I have never detected unpleasantness in its vicinity…..ahem…..

An Ode to the Stinking Iris..

1) Oh what, pray tell, did you ever do

To deserve such a horrid name?

For surely you are pretty

Who can be the one to blame?

2) Was it that chap who crushed your leaves

And you, in your defence,

Released a rather pongy smell

An odour quite immense!

3) “Oh me oh my,” he shouted

“What stench assaults my nose?”

He glares at the poor dear iris

While the stink around him grows!

4) He snarled, “I am a botanist

And you have got me thinking

Your name is no longer just ‘iris’

I’ve added the adjective ‘stinking!”

Well-if you wanted to find out more about “Iris Foetidissima” click here.

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Drowsy Dragonfly

It’s not often that dragonflies stay still enough for the number of photos I got of this one today. But this one seemed to be enjoying the sun and had decided the background showed off his colouring to a tee!

It’s called a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.

The hawthorn berries seem to suit him very well!
What an amazing head!

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Scarlet Tiger Moth

In June this year, along the banks of a little stream near where I live, there appeared loads of brightly coloured moths that flew past at speed in a flash of red. When resting, these moths do not appear very brightly coloured……

However, the underneath of their wings tells a different story……..

There were also lots of them coming out of their chrysalis’ looking rather crumpled………

You can really how they are such streaks of bright red flashing past when you see this photo!

Hope you enjoy!

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