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The winter tree is no more…

I feel responsible. I AM responsible! In May I was intrigued by a tree in Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields that wasn’t in leaf yet, while all others were. I called it the winter tree
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The hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) on July 10…

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I thought by now that following a hornbeam in Llandaff Fields in Cardiff would be boring, especially as I wouldn’t expect much change in high summer. It’s my least favourite season, when the sheer weight of greenness everywhere grows tired – and tiring.

I usually visit between 8am and 9am every month, but to vary it a bit, I had planned to go at a different time of day, maybe on my way home one evening.

It never happened, as I have been so busy at work, so (more…)

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Never can say goodbye…

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An interpretation of Goodbye by vuzel (Marianna Stelmach) on DeviantArt

I have realised lately that I have a big problem. Many work colleagues have been leaving the company at once and I find it impossible to watch their office leaving presentations and listen to the speeches without crying. And it’s nothing personal, but I NEVER go to after-work leaving “dos”. I’m not particularly sad, it’s just that tears are a reflex I can’t stop.

I am hoping (more…)

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Great roof garden!

Just a couple of recent city wildlife observations that I have to put somewhere! The other day I noticed this unusual wild “roof garden” among some chimney pots… (more…)

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Favourite shot so far with my new Sony HX50 camera – a scarlet lily beetle, Lilioceris lilii

All I want is a decent point-and-shoot compact camera that is good at taking pictures of birds from a great distance and flowers and insects in close-up. Plus general views, obviously.

I have great affection for my old Olympus Camedia C-765 Ultra Zoom, which has been with me since August 2004, a good five years before I started this blog. I had long been wondering what (more…)

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A sprig of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)…

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On my June visit to the old hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields I hoped to see the developing fruits, but I knew they would be high up in the branches, so in advance I picked one from the much smaller roadside hornbeam I pass on the way to work.

Then I chose the one dry day of the week (again – it has rained a lot lately) to visit the fields (more…)

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The mystery tree on June 3…

Oh dear, I knew this story would end in tears… You will recall the “winter tree” I featured in my last blog post? The one that had no leaves in early May when all around was green? Well I went back this week, a month later, in the hope its leaves would now give me an identification.

As I got nearer my heart sank. It was (more…)

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Unidentified tree, Llandaff Fields, May 7

For now, I am calling this the winter tree. Because when I last visited Llandaff Fields a few weeks ago this was one of very few trees still struggling to break into leaf. Everywhere else the branches were clad in green – including a couple of earlier mystery trees, which I have now identified (see later in this post!).

I have no idea (more…)

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300 – a movie about angry Spartans – nothing to do with this blog post but I rather like Gerard Butler as Leonidas…

I’m not one for celebrating anniversaries or even birthdays, but I feel I must mark this, my 300th blog post. I can’t think of anything spectacular to do, so I will just use the opportunity to “do a retrospective” on some of my recurring themes, particularly for any new followers.

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I spent ages messing about on the Wordle site – click on the image to go and play there yourself!

I began blogging in (more…)

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Oaks in leaf at last in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on May 7, 2014

You may recall that I have been waiting for the huge “oak” trees to come into leaf near the hornbeam I am following, so I could make a proper identification. I thought they were oak because of last year’s dead leaves in the vicinity, but to be honest these trees don’t look like (more…)

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