Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Twister - Guess What

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My thanks to all who have a go at guessing what the twisted photos are of. This week congratulations and virtual gold stars go to Adrian and TexWisGirl who correctly identified the twisted Sunflower.

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This week's twisted photo should be a lot easier to identify.
Guess What:
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Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed next Tuesday, along with the answer.
No prizes. Just for fun and a virtual gold star.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sparrow Family Mealtime

There have been several broods of House Sparrows here. This seems to be the latest with just one youngster.

Junior sat on top of the the Green Man's head. Maybe the spiky hair reminded it of the nest. Mum spent some time hunting around for any insects. House Sparrows are very agile. They can hover for short periods and easily cling to rough vertical surfaces:

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Most of the time mum watched while dad fetched bits from a nearby peanut feeder:

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday at the Flicks - Baby Snail

As promised earlier in the week here is a short clip of the baby snail.
The body is so transparent I think that is its last meal which can be seen:



Hand held so somewhat wobbly though I did stabilise it a bit in iMovie.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Twister - Guess What

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Congratulations and virtual gold stars go to Adrian, TexWisGirl, Wilma and Ragged Robin who all worked out that last week's Guess What was a twisted squirrel:

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On to the latest twisted photo.
Guess What:
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Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed next Tuesday, along with the answer.
No prizes. Just for fun and a virtual gold star.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tiny But Perfectly Formed

Just about to put some weeds in the green waste wheelie bin when I spotted this tiny snail on the lid. Fully extended is was no more than 12 mm long. The body was almost transparent as it stretched out moving from rain drop to rain drop.

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I was surprised how fast it could move. Wait for Friday to see that.

Small crops from photos taken with the Nikon S9050.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Touch of Country Life

Always nice to see this group of ladies exercising their horses through the village:

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Been making the most of the brighter light today. A couple of hefty showers yesterday dumped an inch of rain on us. Could have been worse as Louth, the nearby market town in a valley, had a couple of inches in an hour with the inevitable results. I've experienced being in the shopping area at the bottom of the valley when the heavens open and rain rushed down every steep road, lane and path down to the bottom. Instant paddling pool.

Tomorrow could be wet and windy when the remains of Hurricane / Atlantic Storm Bertha reach us.

I decided to start an additional blog devoted to the Raspberry Pi so I don't clutter up the more nature like happenings on here as I record any disasters or occasional successes with my experiments. Of course I have called it MIDMARSH Pi!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday at the Flicks - Eating Upside Down

Well, to be accurate, not really eating upside down but collecting food to take to a nearby branch to eat. This youngster seems to prefer this method for pecking off bits from the peanuts in the all mesh feeder. I'm pleased I bought this particular feeder as it gives a good opportunity to watch the acrobatic skills of Blue Tits, even from an early age.



Sorry I'm getting more than a bit behind answering comments and visiting blogs. A lot of my internet time has been taken up with finding the information and programs I need to get on with programming the Raspberry Pi.  At last I have found a version of BASIC called FUZE which is more to my taste as most of my computer programming has been with various forms of that language.  Sinclair BASIC on the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum, BBC BASIC on the BBC model B and GFA BASIC on the Atari ST so at least many of the structures are familiar though the remaining grey cell needs a good prodding to remember how to use them. I have reached the age where learning a new type of programming language is well and truly a very slow climb along a steep learning curve.

(BASIC - Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code)

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.
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