Monday, 29 October 2012

Autumn Colours

Trees in coloured leaf catch the evening sun in Lundin Links.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Lundin Sunset

A beautiful Autumn day yesterday and in the evening a spectacular sunset.

The sun goes down over Lundin Ladies Golf Course.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Silver Y moth

Checking to see if any of the outdoor tomatoes in the garden were ripening, I came across this silver y moth (Autographa gamma) amongst the foliage. The silvery white y-shape is unmistakable.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Autumn Colour in the Serpentine Walk

 Some Autumn colour in the trees in the Serpentine Walk.

Red leaves against the sky

Monday, 15 October 2012

Shaggy Ink Cap

Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus) at the top of the Serpentine Walk, close to the gate to the main road. They were growing in exactly the same place as last year, but slightly later, mid-October rather than the end of September.
Day1 - Pure white rugby ball shaped.
 Day 2 - The same group beginning to darken.
Day 3 - Any white colouring almost gone.
Day 4 - The cap base expands and dissolves into an inky fluid resulting in a small flat black cap on a long stem.
Day 5 - The original group of fungi nearly gone but a fresh white one has appeared.

Friday, 12 October 2012

After the Deluge

Debris in the Keil Burn in Lundin Links after heavy rain swamped the East Coast of Scotland last night.
Reflections in a flooded field.
 Gulls alight in the lake that has formed at the bottom of a flooded field between Upper Largo and Lundin Links.

 Flooding on the road between Lundin Links and Upper Largo.
Flooding in the fields and on the road.

The Largo Burn in Spate in the Serpentine Walk.
Foam covers the beach at Lower Largo
Three boats swamped at Lower Largo harbour.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Angle Shades Moth

Angle Shades Moth (Phlogophora meticulosa) on a gate hinge.
Hadn't seen this striking looking moth before but next day saw another one on a wall. Seemed more brown in colour than the first one, but maybe it was just the difference in thelight.
Another angle shades resting on a globe thistle head.
I think this is the caterpillar of the angle shades moth. I took the photo in the spring several years ago but couldn't identify it at the time.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The North Tyne at Chollerford.

The bridge across the North Tyne from the footpath to the Chesters Roman bridge abutment.
The North Tyne river rushes past swollen after several days of heavy rain.

The weir downstream from Chollerford Bridge.
Chollerford Bridge from the grounds of the George Hotel. This bridge replaced a medieval one damaged in the flood of 1771.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Hadrians Wall IV - Chesters Bridge Abutment

The Romans built a bridge at this point so that Hadrian's Wall could continue on the other side of the North Tyne.
Looking from the western side of the North Tyne to a section of wall and the bridge abutment. The course of the river has changed since Roman times so that only the ruins on the eastern side can be seen.
There is a footpath from Chollerford through the fields to the abutment on the eastern side of the river.
On the eastern  side part of the abutment and a fallen Roman column.
Looking back across the North Tyne to Chesters Fort. The river was swollen after several days of heavy rain.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Hadrian's Wall III - Chesters Roman Fort

The barracks area at Chesters Fort.
Chesters Fort was built to guard the bridge which carried Hadrian's Wall over the North Tyne.
Part of the the hypocaust heating system.
The Bath House

The niches at the back may have been storage areas or held statues.
A view of the bath house from the trees.
The old Roman walls and stonework provide a habitat for lichen, moss, ferns and other plants.
A lichen covered stone.
Lichen and wall rue in this shady corner.