Deep in the forest

I again ventured into the forest to photograph mushrooms. There were a variety to be seen. I especially noticed one kind, that I later identified as the “Deathcap” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_phalloides. According to the news there is an unusual large number of these this year. After lots of bending and kneeling, I got a number of acceptable pictures. The tilting screen on my camera came in very useful for photographing at low angles.
this group particularly appealed to me. I feel that it speaks so well of the autumn forest.
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Autumn

After a long and extremely hot and dry summer, autumn is now upon us. After more than three months without a drop of rain clouds gathered and the ground soaked up the precious drops.
Autumn is here and autumn is mushroom time. We took the car for a short drive to a good mushroom spot in the forest. We had no sooner entered the forest, when we could smell mushrooms. Close by on a tree stump was the largest gathering of huge mushrooms I have ever seen.

 

High on a hill

The day began with a clear blue sky much welcome after days of rain. it seemed a good day for a drive into the countryside. Before long clouds appeared, creating dramatic views over the the landscape. we set course for this old windmill perched on a hill in the otherwise flat country. we finished our drive with tea at a lovely lake.

Flowers for Mummy

It was a busy Saturday morning in our little town. The streets were filled with stalls of various kinds, staffed with people promoting a multitude of things. This little lady was helping Daddy carrying flowers home for mummy.
Nikon D750

A time to play

It was Saturday and our little town was full of activity. All of the political parties and many of the voluntary organisations such as Red cross, Save The Children, The Heart Foundation, etc etc, had set up stalls and were canvassing for their cause. There were also a number of clubs helping to the fill the street. The main street was packed with people. This little lad had obviously decided to take a break and sat quietly playing with some toy. He looked content and concentrated.

Woody revisits

We have always done a lot to get the birds to visits our garden. Several years ago families of Great Spotted Woodpeckers visited my special constructed “Woody” pole. Magpies moved in and the Woodpeckers and other birds became fewer. Early one morning a couple of weeks ago, we were lying in bed with our cup of Tea, when we heard a Woodpecker in one of the dead branches in our old plum tree. I have specially left the many dead branches on the deceased tree to encourage the birds. Between us we managed to get the camera and take several pictures of this female Great Spotted Woodpecker. As can be seen, from the flying dust, she was hard at work. She came back a few more times, but lately we haven’t seen her. but we have seen plenty of signs of her

Pied Kingfisher

In 2007 we returned to South Africa for a three weeks visit. A good deal of that time we spent in game reserves. It was in the Mkuze reserve in the northern part of KwaZulu Natal that we came across a, not much used, observation platform. from There we saw several Pied Kingfishers. I found them totally fascinating and have often since thought of spending time just making a project of photographing them.
Camera Nikon D2X
Lens Nikon 200 – 400 mm

The youngster

Years ago we had a garden full of birds. A large variety came to the feeders. The Great Spotted Woodpeckers brought their young to the poles I installed and charged with peanuts. Then the Magpies moved in and every thing changed. They constantly raid the feeders and rob the nest of eggs and youngsters.
This young male woodpecker is from happy years.