It’s been a beautiful couple of weeks (in between the rain) on Southampton Common with misty mornings and spider webs reminding me of the approach of Halloween.
The morning mist can be almost magical, especially when it’s followed by an amazing show of rays of light.
The autumn colours are slowly breaking through and in the next week I think there’s going to be an explosion of autumn beauty on Southampton Common.
My biggest treat on Southampton Common at the moment though is the fungi: they really are amazing this year ( I expect that I said that last year too!) Be careful where you tread, because I have found some absolute beauties along the paths as well as in the woodlands, by the lakes, and … just about everywhere!
Despite all this autumnal focus, during some of the beautifully sunny moments the dragonflies have still be playing around the Ornamental lake. Fungi, rays and dragonflies all in one day. How much better can life be?
I think this will be the last post on this site, but I will still be wandering Southampton Common, posting my adventures on Instagram, and maybe creating a new site if I can persuade my teenage son that this stuff is more important than his personal engineering projects and the occasional encounter with a smidgin of homework. So please do say hi if you come across me grovelling around in the mud, muttering to myself when I discover something interesting, or exclaiming aloud to no-one in particular when I see something beautiful. On reflection, maybe you won’t feel it’s advisable to come close enough to say hi, but do wave at me from a safe distance 🙂
Here we are again enjoying good weather on Southampton Common. Astonishingly, it’s a bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining. However, it has been a week of all seasons on the Common: cold, windy and murky, beautiful sunshine, stair-rods of rain, and everything in between. T-shirts and shorts one day and big coat and gloves the next. But for now, we are basking in a taste of summer and I am very happy to have it that way.
All the rain has made the Common beautifully green. The Ornamental Pond is looking almost tropical, the Old Cemetery is strewn with bluebells, and for those who don’t mind such things (including me) there are mini-beasts everywhere. Bees, beetles and lots of beautifully elusive butterflies. I spotted one damselfly the other day, but it took off as soon as it saw me, so I am still wondering if I imagined it.
Meantime, back at the ponds, the ducklings have grown in size and independence, diminished in number, and finally grown in number again. By Tuesday afternoon there were only three of the original eleven left, but on Friday afternoon two new little ones appeared to cheer me up on my way home.
Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/640
Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens, ISO 1600, f10, 1/640
Both swan couples are still busy nesting, with one of the pair incubating the eggs whilst the other goes off for a preen and a bit of territory monitoring. The coots and moorhens are doing pretty much the same and I am sincerely hoping that my next blog will be awash with tiny fluffy things, damselflies (maybe even dragonflies if I am ridiculously lucky), and butterflies who want to sit still nicely while I take their photos (in my dreams).