Monthly Archives: April 2009

Dandelion

Dandelion
Weeds can be beautiful.

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider
This might be a Wolf Spider. I say might as I really don’t have any clue.

Rusty Sign

Rusty Sign
Rusty sign on an old tractor.

All About the Eyes

All About the Eyes
Female Common Darter Dragonfly. Beautiful.

The science bit: Dragonflies have very large eyes and have very good vision. Vision dominates their behaviour, including predation and looking for mates. The compound eye is made up of ommatidia which is a visual unit consisting of a lens system and a group of light sensitive cells. A large dragonfly may have up to 30,000 ommatidia in each compound eye. Each ommatidium collects one visual information, together form a mosaic image in the dragonfly’s brain.

Happy Birthday to a Canon EOS 1V shooter!

Happy Birthday to a Canon EOS 1V shooter!
My mate’s Canon EOS 1V in stealth mode… Speaking of which… Happy Birthday mofo.

Boats at St. Ives

Boats at St. Ives
Everyone should goto St. Ives at least once, just because it is quaint.

Wallaby

Wallaby
Looks like a Wallaby to me.

Orchards Around Pluckley

Despite a very grim weather forecast, we decided to try our second (of fifty) walks from the AA 50 Walks in Kent book. The older I get the more I am convinced that weather forecasts are essentially rubbish, and again this proved to be the case. Despite some cloud the sun shone through during the whole walk around Pluckley. This wasn’t as interesting as the first walk we did, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

Incidentally, this walk was 4 miles, and it is pretty flat all the way… there are a couple of inclines but nothing too bad at all.

A lot of this walk takes you through Orchards. Nice, but once you have seen one orchard… well, you get the point.

The walk leaves Pluckley and heads through Little Chart. The original village church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and the Holy Rood, was wrecked in 1944 by a V-1 flying bomb during World War II. It stood on a site further upstream from the village, near Chart Court. The new church is now within the village.

The only major downside to this walk is the fact that for the last part you re-trace the outward portion so there is nothing new to see, but that wasn’t the end of the world and, at the end of the day, that is two walks down, forty eight to go… will the British weather make this project easy? I very much doubt it.

Interweb

Interweb
I am not sure of this was actually caught in the web or just waiting to eat the spider. I never found out,

Into the Sea

Into the Sea
Cornwall, somewhere…. on the way back towards Hayle from the north.