Monday, 24 October 2016

Blooming Stones

Some of my Lithops (Living Stones) plants are coming into bloom again:

Living Stones

Living Stones

The flowers normally only open while direct Sunlight reaches them. They had been trying to flower for a few days but hadn't opened even in direct Sunlight. It would appear they also need a decent daytime temperature. The ambient temperature had been fairly low with mainly overcast skies and just a few bursts of direct Sunlight. They live in a propagation tray which I leave uncovered during the Summer. I put the cover back and the temperature quickly rose and the flowers opened.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Garden Ord Spider

It has reached the time of year to move some plants from the greenhouse to the conservatory.
On one plant I spotted what I thought was a small snail but it turned out to be soft and squishy when I tried to pick it up. When it moved it became clear that it was a spider:


It had such pretty markings I took some focus stacked close shots processed using Zerene Stacker:

2016-10-22-13.47.51 ZS PMax2

Those 10 focus stacked shots were taken hand held so not every part ended up in perfect focus.
Body size about 6mm.
Heron sighting
As we started out on our morning walk about 7 a.m. yesterday I spotted a Heron fly over and swoop down in a nearby back garden where there is probably a small pond. When we returned home Penny went rushing round to the back garden. Yes, you have guessed it. The Heron was taking off from the edge of my pond. Some years ago I used to get regular early morning visits from a Heron so I will be keeping a watch to try to get a photo. Not easy as they are very wary and visits tend to be early morning when lighting is difficult for photography.

Here are a couple of photos I took in December 2009 when a Heron visited my frozen pond:

 Heron Visits the Frozen Pond

Heron Taking Off
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