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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Flora and Fauna on a dull day!

The weather's been dire, which could not have escaped everyone's attention in the UK!! I've pottered to various places and felt in need of colour. So the other day I headed off for RHS Wisley to check on progress of the new bird hide. Didn't look much different to when I was last there. Hey ho... perhaps it will be good for Autumn watching!


and cascading Wisteria!

For OC - we've got bears too ;)

I don't know what these are (they're so familiar) but they're very pretty.


A fly past from three Mallards whilst gazing at the Greenhouse from the top of the Rockery

and a wonderfully coloured Tulip really brightened the day.

On the way back I called in at Bushy Park. This female was having a laugh..

whilst the Tufted Duck looked rather chipper :D

A cormorant posed minding its own business!
"who you looking at?"
Seemed he had the pond to himself.

until a Magpie flew over.

and yesterday, over at London Wetland Centre, in the grey, cold and drizzly weather a Grey Heron posed!

and another, out on the scrape, fished for "tiddlers"

And a Common Tern kept us entertained for some time - wheeling about and diving for fish.
(I do wish they'd change the height of the windows in the hides at London Wetland Centre - just couldn't follow the tern as it dived in front of us!) Well that's my excuse anyway ;)

And today? Much the same weather so shopping called!!

Who has stolen the sun and warmth and left us grey and rain?????


Warren Baker said...

The weather really is dire your right Tricia.
You found some colour though. Thanks for sharing it around !

holdingmoments said...

Those flowers are beautiful Tricia. Like rays of sunshine on dull days.
Love the tulips in with the daffs.

Laughing ducks are great; and the Heron headshot is a cracker.

Anonymous said...


Long time no see!!

just dropped by..

Your flower for i.d. look like Pasque Flower, Pulsatilla..



Anonymous said...

Lots of beautiful flowers Tricia.
Who was that duck laughing at I wonder??

Anonymous said...

Hi Tricia the unidentified plant looks like a pasque flower.

Wilma said...

Those flowers would brighten up the most dreary of days. They seem to glow in your photos.

oldcrow61 said...

Lol, that's a fine looking bear there Tricia. The flowers are just wonderful. I'm envious! Our weather has been dreadful as well.

ShySongbird said...

The weather has been sooo dull and cold here too, Tricia :(

Nice, colourful flowers to brighten us up though :) Yes, definitely Pasque flower, I planted one in the garden just a couple of weeks ago.

The Cormorant doesn't look as much like a witch as the one on my post :)

Your header photo makes me smile every time I visit!

Anonymous said...

And what an eye watering array of colours, on such a dull, and grey day. Once again Tricia, beautiful camera work!


The Wessex Reiver said...

Hi Tricia, it's been a long time since i've been blogging but lovely to come back and see your wonderful blog again - love the flowers in particular. Keep up the good work, I'll be back. Andrew

Tricia Ryder said...

My apologies to you all for the lateness in responding to your comment :(

Warren - it's getting better - I think!!

Keith - the tulips and daffs certainly shone out! And thank you - the Heron did pose rather well.

Maurice - lovely to see you here again. And thanks for the Pasque Flower.

Roy - me!!! as if you didn't know.. lol

Georgie - thanks for naming the plant for me.

OC - not as exciting as yours I'm sure LOL. Hopefully you're getting a bit better weather now too?

Wilma - really cheery colours of the flowers aren't they!1

Jan (SS) - it's great to have you back again! I shall be heading over to yours very soon :D

The grinning duck does brighten the day a little doesn't it!

Paul - thank you yet again! :D

Andrew - great to have you back again and glad you're still blogging! And thank you for your kind comment :D

Midmarsh John said...

You managed to find enough colourful flowers to brighten up this dull Spring weather Tricia. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Lovely flower pics, but I love those tulips.

Tricia Ryder said...

Thanks Digi - they do really stand out brilliantly!! Wonderful colour.

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