Exactly four months of lockdown in the UK and with restrictions easing more and more, many of us are ready to venture out and take off. I take this as an occasion to suspend my […]
Dartmoor at its best: bright sunshine, clear light of that special quality, a gentle warm wind… Perfect for a good hike with a friend!
The shore at low tide and everywhere is life. Barnacles on limpets on oysters on rocks.
Which animal has the most teeth? Well, you can take a hint of the answer from the image. They left their glistening traces after feasting on this fungus. Snails and slugs! Thousands of them, perhaps […]
Intrigued by the beautiful pattern of these feathers, I consulted a field guide* and found the most likely former owner in the families of falcons or woodpeckers. In the former case, the underside of a […]
Out of the dark and into the light. I find fungi fascinating and mysterious (mainly because of my ignorance in this respect). They appear from the depths of their unseen mycelium within hours. What triggers […]
Today’s walk in the Tamar Valley brought so many delights, it’s difficult to choose just one to write about. Post-Midsummer announced itself with an abundance of hazelnuts cradled in their sheaths, ready to ripen later. […]
Fascination of the grotesque! I’ve written about Lilioceris lilii a couple of weeks ago, when I observed the mating, lines of eggs and hatchlings of the rather attractive Scarlet Lily Beetle [LINK]. Then I didn’t […]
“Life is beautiful!”* every day, the potential for new discoveries with eyes and ears and taste and touch and feeling and mind *l quote my friend Jonathan here, who maintained this world view until he […]
The expansive views of Dartmoor at the headwaters of the Tavy. Beautiful at the largest scale. And intriguing at the smallest scale: What is he doing in there?* *lyrics of a song by Tom Waits