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Archive for June, 2013

A couple of Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England, on a Sunnier Day


I managed to take some more pix today, a little warmer weather. I have taken a couple of pix of a Small Heath Butterfly. This was when the weather was still a little cold, butterflies will flatten and angle their wing towards the sun to gain as much heat as they can. Snakes will flatten their bodies out to get the same effect. The third pic is of damselflies mating. I don’t know which species, though.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve on a rainy day, Kent, England


A couple of Moths, a Damselfly and three Common Blue Butterflies fighting over the right to mate.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


A few pix of Bee Orchid, Common Blue Butterflies mating, Pyramid Orchid, Leopard Orchid, Orange Pimpernel and other Wild Flowers, Small Heath Butterfly, Snail  and Ladybirds and Shield Bugs. Plus Mullein Moth Caterpillar and the Mullein Plant.

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Seascapes in Pictures


I don’t usually take pictures from the shore, there isn’t usually much to see, except a ship, a sea forest and the horizon. But I have added a couple of pix I have taken over the past few years. The first is a Sunset, looking across Pegwell Bay from Ramsgate to Sandwich and Richborough, Kent, England. To the left of the now demolished Richborough Power Station was Pfizer, Sandwich, in Kent, England. This is the place viagra was discovered. Now closed down. To the right of the power station is a 1980s experimental wind turbine. Many of these can now be seen creating sea forests….

The picture, although I didn’t realise it at the time, shows our energy sources. Nuclear power from the sun giving us solar power. Fossil coal power station, wind power turbine, tidal power. 

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This picture interested me due to the fact seeing these circles of light breaking through the cloud and the horizon tinged with pink,  in person it felt very atmospheric. The picture doesn’t do it justice, there were more out of frame toward France. The couple walking their dog on the beach were completely oblivious. This was taken from Ramsgate, Kent, England. The Ramsgate Royal Harbour entrance, the only Royal Harbour in the UK,  is just visible to the right. In the distance, Deal is visible near the brightest ring of light. On the other side of Deal out of sight is Dover.

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Tracking Transport Maps in Realtime


I find this astonishing , that shipping around our coast, or flights around the world can be tracked so easily in real time. There is even satellite tracking, train tracking and who knows what else. I did try to find  submarine tracking, to no avail.

I was also interested in trying to find animal/bird tracking sites but can’t. If anyone knows of any, please post here – or any other tracking system we can follow.

http://www.flightradar24.com/

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

http://traintimes.org.uk/map/tube/

21/06/2013 If I knew how to add a pic of tumbleweed rolling past, I would have added it!

Butterflies, Bees, Orchids, Insect Pix from Kent, England


Common Blue Butterfly, wings open and closed. Brown Argus Butterfly (actually one of the Blue Butterfly Family). Man Orchid. Marsh Orchid. Bees, Beetles,Insects, Wild Flowers and Galls on Willow. Galls are a parasite; plant, fly, bacteria, fungi, etc, that grow within a plant. These Galls will most likely be a species of Sawfly when they emerge.

All pictures taken with an Olympus 820i compact digital camera. Apologies for some blurring. It was a bit blustery today.

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