A seed head of the Taraxacum officinale, otherwise known as the Dandelion, a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae. Although it is considered a weed by many, the Dandelion was originally introduced into America as a food crop. It is edible in its entirety and is also used in medicine and even for making wine.
To me at least, crocodiles (of all types) always look like they are smiling or smirking. Fascinating creatures in so many ways.
The relatively short life cycle of butterflies and moths, only days in some cases (the huge, colourful and mouthless Atlas Moth for example), means that you never know what you are going to find when you visit the Butterfly Park. There could be a multitude flying around or not so many, new species or old favourites, it’s all a bit of a lottery.
A few shots of some caterpillars at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain. This first one, only about an inch […]
The Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, is a large species of lizard and is not always green in colour. It is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean and generally grows to around 1.5 metres in length from nose to tail.
A short stroll along the seashore this morning for a change. Some nice yellow and purple Sea Figs, Carpobrotus chilensis.
Rather a cute youngster learning to fend for himself, although the parents were not far away and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.
As I arrived by the riverside this morning my attention was suddenly caught by the almost unmistakeable wingbars and crest of a Hoopoe as it swooped down and landed. Unfortunately I was totally unprepared – wrong lens, camera still at my side – so I just watched and admired this impressive creature before it flew off a couple of minutes later.
I set off to see if I could find any of the Alpine Accentors which had been spotted in the area in the past few days but alas, no luck. At least some of the regulars were about, including this lovely female Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.