Saturday, 31 July 2010

Hole-in-the-Wall

This is the third, and final, post about our recent trip to Herefordshire. On the Sunday morning we drove south from Fownhope and parked by the river just north of the small hamlet of Hole-in-the-Wall (I wonder if it has anything to do with the book/film Stardust?). We walked along the road and by the river and saw a number of interesting things; damsel flies, buzzards, sheep, mayflies, mistletoe. Unfortunately I failed to get photos (good or otherwise) of most of the things we saw.

The one exception was this Scarlet Tiger moth which sat perfectly still while I shoved a camera right up to it -- the macro mode on the camera focuses well at just a couple of centimeters.

I've no idea how many species of birds and insects we saw over the two days but I'm guessing it was quite a lot and certainly helped to make it a memorable weekend.
1 August 2010 at 23:50 , GB said...

What a beauty. I've not seen anything as colourful up here at all.

1 August 2010 at 23:51 , GB said...

Nor in NZ!

2 August 2010 at 08:31 , Mark said...

It gets even more colourful when it decides to fly. You can just see a small dash of red in this photo but it's entire underwings are bright red so when it flies it is even brighter.

6 August 2010 at 08:59 , Scriptor Senex said...

GB has a memory problem - not surprising at his age - when we ran the moth trap at his a few years ago we got lots of Garden Tigers!

6 August 2010 at 10:07 , GB said...

You are correct CJ. I do have a memory problem. I have no recollection of that at all. I shall have to try it one evening.

6 August 2010 at 10:09 , Mark said...

Although in your defense GB, CJ is talking about Garden Tigers which, while brightly coloured, don't really look anything like the Scarlet Tiger in my photo!

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