We have a lovely picture in our bedroom of Rochester Castle done around 1878. It was painted by one of my ancestors, John Hornby Maw, who was a close friend of William Hunt and J.M.W. Turner. The three of them often painted together. There are very similar paintings of the interior of Maw's living room … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 91
Byland Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, was built in the 12th Century in North Yorkshire.
Here is a series of photos showing the development of Scabious flowers in my garden. It's not just the insects that find them attractive!
The start of another week, so another theme. I am very ignorant about history and I don't enjoy going round stately homes, but I am fascinated by RUINS. They somehow fit so beautifully and naturally into the countryside in a way which lived-in buildings usually don't. Perhaps it's something to do with the environment taking … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 89
The end of another week - and some very different lichens.
It is fitting to follow photos of fungi (over the last two days) with LICHENS as lichens are an extraordinary symbiotic living combination of fungi and algae (or occasionally special bacteria). It is the latter which provide food (simple sugars) through photosynthesis for the fungal part of lichens. Many unrelated and very different fungi form lichens, the … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 87
I photographed these beautiful iconic fungi in Sweden as we drove north from Gothenburg to Oslo a few years ago. How could anyone fail to be enchanted by them?!
I love eating mushrooms, but have always been too frightened to eat any I find in the wild because I know nothing about Fungi. But their variety of unusual shapes and colours fascinate me. While some are very ephemeral, bracket fungi seem permanent fixtures on trees. Their life cycles are extraordinary.
After posting ferns unfurling yesterday, here are some ferns fully open. I love the patterns they make. (They are not all taken in the UK.)
Raindrops on one of our small roses