From 7th October …
Today I went a wandering. Laden with camera, lenses, binoculars, water and snacks, and the essential anti-hystamine tablets – should I be attacked by wasps … which I do live in fear of, having experienced this twice in 2011!
I headed for the woods between Spey Bay and Port Gordon. It was a warm sunny day and you never know what you might find.
I found fungi galore, of which I can’t tell you any species names, as I have yet to learn them, other than the delightful red and white fly agaric, regular of fairytales. So, as usual I came home with wet and dirty knee’d jeans (from all that kneeling and crawling about at the height of mushrooms!).
I also came across a few fluttering groups of common darters. The males a gorgeous bright orange-red. Some of them dosey enough to sit still whist I photographed them from 5cm away. Dosey darters!
Also lots of pretty hoverflies, other flies, one small tortoishell butterfly, a few wee micro moths, orb spiders, and one shy harvestman – who would not be photographed!
Oh, and the brambles were bursting with berries. Frustratingly I had nothing to gather them in, so I’ll be bimbling back to berry pick in the next few days.
Other than that it was quiet apart from the trees. They were eceptionately talkative. Squeaking, groaning, chattering and rustling all the afternoon. They had a lot to say – to someone who speaks Ent! I don’t unfortunately. There’s two things I must learn – fungus ID and Ent…