A Wet & Muddy Christmas

Well I suppose at this time of year we ought to be grateful so thank God it’s not been cold because if it was we could be under 8ft of snow.

It’s rained every day now for the past 3 weeks whilst the binoculars are waterproof the DSLR most definitely isn’t. It’s only previous soaking resulted in a new motherboard as water somehow sneaked in under the LCD display. In between the downpours the recent outings have all been within the local area. Thankfully the compact camera (Panasonic LX5) fits within the pocket of the waterproofs.

Scarlet Elf Cups
Scarlet Elf Cups just beginning to emerge at Stenner Wood, Didsbury

Also seen – the regular posse of 6 Rose Ringed Parakeets, 2 Nuthatches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a couple of Teal, a Sparrowhawk,  a male Kestrel, several Redwings and a Bullfinch.

Jelly Ear
Jelly Ear fungus again at Stenner Wood
Fletcher Moss Botanic Garden
The main footpath through Fletcher Moss Botanic Gardens – an opportunity to wash the mud off the dog.
Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel at Fletcher Moss.

Looks like one of the more choice Chinese species rather than the North American species that’s frequently used to treat a variety of ailments.

Waiting for the call from Noah 
Jake at Millgate Fields.

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