Japanese or Chinese lantern – a garden I pass regularly has a border of them fronting the pavement. Bright colour every autumn.
Finally, after many, many photos which just included a vague blue blur, these shots of a southern hawker dragonfly flying fast actually have a recognisable subject.
Vibernum (guelder rose) berries, bright red and glossy. These on a bush at the back of Compton Lock.
Sulfur tuft, not just autumn and winter fungi – common right through from early spring to the first hard frost.
Found decorating wild rose bushes in the autumn, robin’s pincushions are galls created by a robin’s pincusion gall wasp laying an egg in the twig of the bush. I assume the red of the gall is the same pigment as in the skin of the ripe rose hips, visible out of focus in these pictures.
Delicate-looking mushrooms found in short grass, sometimes called Japanese umbrellas.
Large swan family on the river Avon just upstream from Stratford. As soon as they saw us, they headed straight for us, hopeful of getting food.
Autumn’s the time for fungi. These earthballs from Bantock Park and Hawthorn Wood.
Shaggy parasols. One of the largest of the local mushrooms, they can grow up to eight inches or so tall. These were coming through the undergrowth in Hawthorn Wood.
For me, green shield bugs have been the insect of the year of the pandemic. Saw the first ones (busy making more green shield bugs) back in march when the first wave was coming to a crescendo. These from tow separate sightings late September.
Two squirrels with acorns. One in Old Nursery Wood, acting like I wanted to grab its nut, and scampering up a tree to keep the acorn safe.
The other, in Bantock Park, eating up its acorn so I couldn’t get my hands on it.
Lone fly agaric mushroom on the edge of the Pitch and Putt at Bantock Park a few days ago. Bright red colour of the cap looking washed out, perhaps by some of the heavy rain we’ve been having.