Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Fungi and More Ducklings



It seems like the wrong time of year, but all these photos were taken last Monday as I walked along the Water of Leith. I don't know the species of fungi, but they all photgraphed well, I think! Now that Crafty Green Boyfriend has a new camera, I get to keep the old one all to myself ...

Yesterday's walk along the Water of Leith had a lot of young birds, I saw a family of five wrens, a young grey wagtail, young chaffinches and blue tits. The highlight though was a group of 8 mallard ducklings sliding down the weir. Due to the vagaries of Blogger, I've had to put the photo in another post here so that you can click on the photo to see more detail (and even then you have to look carefully to see the ducklings!). And yes, we need to get the red crate out of the water...

There are more duck photos at The Duck Blog here (scroll down!) and at Oh! Books, Paper, Real Life here.

12 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

interesting; the pattern on the fungi in the first photo looks like duck feathers


much love
gillena

Derrick said...

Hello Crafty,

Thanks for visiting. I've enjoyed seeing your mug selection and the daredevil ducklings and reading your refugee week poems.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love fungi - and ducklings!

A Paperback Writer said...

Juliet,
I can't see a post on this subject on your blog, but I feel fairly sure that you and your readers would be interested in the fact that the Scottish Poetry Library has been shortlisted to receive lottery funds BUT THEY NEED VOTES!
Here's the URL if you and/or readers want to help out by voting:
http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/

(Sorry I can't link with my old browser.)
I've done a lengthy post on it over on my blog (http://apaperbackwriter.blogspot.com), if people need more info. Apparently, one does not need to be a UK citizen to vote, as I had no trouble. And Robyn Marsack from the library e-mailed me and said they've got supporters in New Zealand digging up votes there as well.
Thanks for letting me take up space on your blog, but I hope it's of interest to you.
:)

Magyar said...

I love these photos of your walk!_We watch our pond... hours of learning its life; the moss the fungi, the flowers, the trees and lower bush, the water and land birds, and the day and night animals. One never knows how much life is there... unless one watches, and the deeper the watch, the more you become -accepted- by that community.
_Books identify and teach, but seeing... is the more necessary study. Tnx _m

Michelle Johnson said...

These fungi turned out great. I'm sure all the birds are tweeting wonderful stories to you each time you visit Water of Leith. Have a nice night.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Dang .. I hoped someone would enlighten us some about the kinds of fungi! They are all so intriguing

Mairi said...

Your pictures and comments almost let me feel I'm walking by the Water of Leith myself, which I appreciate.

apprentice said...

You'd be jealous of my trip to Harris, where I saw eagles and wheatears and whinchats - one pair raising a cukkoo chick out on the moor.

And I saw a diver, a life-long ambition achieved!

Red Bird said...

Oh, these were all wonderful to look at- and it just reminds me to take a little time out of my busy days and look at what nature has to offer me, even in the midst of a harried day!
I love duckies so much!
:)

Thomma Lyn said...

Oh, fungi! I love fungi. You got some gorgeous pictures there.

I hike a lot, and I'm seeing a great many more fungi in the mountains this warm season than I did last year -- probably the additional rain we've been getting so far (last year, we had severe drought in spring and summer).

Tammie Lee said...

oh yes, wonderful fungi photos. I love fungi, they are all so different and charming.