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Cedar cone

Cedar cone

A view further along the bough brought down by a gale already featured in the post yesterday.

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Lichen on gravestones: Beckbury

Lichen: Beckbury graveyard

Another in the series of lichen on tombstones; these from Beckbury churchyard.

Lichen: Beckbury graveyard

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Cedar bough

Cedar bough

The gales in February brought down a lot of branches. This is the bough of some kind of exotic cedar, which had landed resting on a wall, conveniently at eye level.

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Former quarry

Former sandstone quarry

This former sandstone quarry is behind Wightwick Mill lock on the Staffs & Worcs canal, in the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve.

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Badger traces

Badger track

Badgers come out at night (dusk in mid-summer) so specialist equipment is needed to photograph them. Some of the traces they leave can be seen more easily.

These pictures were taken in a quiet country lane with high sandy banks near Trysull. Sandy banks are badgerspreferred location for their setts.

The wide path of compressed sand is the badger pathway to the field on the opposite side of the road.

Badger sett

This second slip of sand is looser, and stops half way down the bank. It is the detritus produced when the badgers dig out one of the entrances of their sett.

Badger sett

A badger set has multiple entrances. Scrambling up the bank brought these two into view. Both are protected and partly hidden by a holly bush.

Badger sett

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Lichen on gravestones: Badger

Lichen: Badger graveyard

Lichen, and moss, growing on the remains of a preaching cross (above) and gravestones in Badger churchyard.

Lichen: Badger graveyard

Lichen: Badger graveyard

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Gaudy dawn sky

Dawn sky

A vivid dawn in early February.

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Lichen on gravestones: Pattingham

Lichen: Pattingham graveyard

Lichens in Pattingham churchyard.

Lichen: Pattingham graveyard

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Lichen on gravestones: Trysull

Lichen: Trysull churchyard

These gravestones were pictured on the same day as those in Enville churchyard, posted on Wednesday.

Lichen: Trysull churchyard

Lichen: Trysull churchyard

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View over Highgate Common

Highgate Common

Highgate Common looking stark a month ago.

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Lone snowdrop

Snowdrop

Snowdrop on roadside rough ground near Smestow in early February.

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Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Pictured last month in Beckbury churchyard.

Snowdrops