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Here, in Devon, the insects have been thriving of late.
Caterpillars of the cabbage white have had a feast on our nasturtiums and are now fattened and climbing up the wall to make their cocoons.

This is a spider who was industriously knitting his web.


Our buddleia bush has lost most of its purple blooms but still the butterflies flock on it.


One of them took a fancy to Mrs YG.



This afternoon I took a shot of George who was on the seafront keeping watch for invaders on the horizon.

All gulls I see are called George - George Seagull.  

Martyn
Rena

Nice Photos!!

"George Seagull". . .   . . . . that's great!
sod

Great photos, Ithought gull were called "Johnathon Livingston"
Yorkshire Geordie

I started this thread so I'll continue ~ if I may.

Here is a "hot off the press" shot of a recent visitor that landed on our window sill.



Incy Wincy Yellow spider.

I was intrigued because the colour is so vivid - but is it a crab spider?

Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Another shot to share.
This is a close up of a familiar plant but showing usually unseen details.

The higher  blooms show how the trumpets are originally closed.
The lower blooms show how hairy they are inside.  
Martyn
horace

Great pics as always  
sod

love the spider what a colour  
Mo

Great photo's!  
Rena

Mo wrote:
Great photo's!  


Agreed!!
Yorkshire Geordie

I was asked to take Biscuit for her morning walk as Mrs Y.G. had to go to her Pilates class.
Being rather lazy we didn't venture far, but since it was a bright-ish morning and the light was good I took her to the lower reaches of the River Otter.

This shot is looking north up the River and is lit by a low sun.


This is a view just left of the previous river shot and shows how flat the valley is.


Continuing south I took this shot of some reed beds, almost in silhouette.


The final shot shows my alert Biscuit caught by the rising sun.

She is showing her age now (8 years) and she seems to have a pair of white glasses on.  

It were a grand couple of hours, while they lasted.  
Martyn
bodger

A nice fishy spot Mart, do you know what might be in there?
Yorkshire Geordie

I'm not an angler, Bodger, but some anglers are frequently on the lower reaches of the Otter.
This is a Googled response; "There is free fishing, for EA licence holders, from the footbridge below Otterton to the road bridge, that belongs to the Clinton Devon Estates.  The fly can be used to good effect here and although it is a bit of a walk, the fishing can be very good, especially since sea-trout are regularly caught and bass and mullet are also present. The footpath is a public one so care must be taken and also be careful not to spook the mullet as they alert the entire river to your presence! Spinning is also allowed."

These anglers have good results.


Martyn
bodger

Unfortunately, I've never been lucky enough to see one in the wild.
Yorkshire Geordie

Nor I, Bodger.

Beavers, however, have been seen of late, see here:-
http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/devons-wild-beavers/



By the way, the name of the River Otter doesn't actually refer to the animal.
I've read somewhere that it is named from an old dialect that uses "otter" to mean water.
Therefore, its name of River Otter really means River River.  

Martyn
tai haku

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
Nor I, Bodger.

Beavers, however, have been seen of late, see here:-
http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/devons-wild-beavers/

By the way, the name of the River Otter doesn't actually refer to the animal.
I've read somewhere that it is named from an old dialect that uses "otter" to mean water.
Therefore, its name of River Otter really means River River.  

Martyn


One of my hobbies is wildlife watching and I keep a mammal-list fairly seriously. I've been lucky enough to see wild beaver in Devon. Spectacular animals and the influence on the landscape will be profound (and potentially rather good for fishing). On the topic of otters here's one of a family that was making itself rather popular in Norfolk a couple of year's back.......

bodger

Going by the numbers of dead otters that I've seen killed on the roads in our area, I think that we have a fairly good population of otters. Because we're so remote and the farming fairly extensive rather than intensive, I imagine that we were probably one of the last bastions for them back in the 70's.
Yorkshire Geordie

Since all the rain has been devastating a broad band of "oop norf " I'm rather reluctant to say that "dahn sarf west" it's been quite pleasently mild, if a tad windy.

Today I ventured east and went to Sidmouth just as the misty sun was drawing the day to an early close.
The colours were smashin' to say the least!
These are recent shots.........


Autumn colours on High Peak, between Budleigh and Sidmouth.


A watery sunset beginning looking towards Ladram Bay, westward.


The same view but turned round ninety degrees.


Through the Clock Tower Cafe doorway.  

http://www.clocktowercafesidmouth.co.uk/gallery/


Another view.


The sun is now a little closer to setting.


It is now going behind the horizon clouds.

It's a real pity that the weather is quite rotten elsewhere, mainly northern England.  
Martyn

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