Dramatic dawn

Dawn

A spring sunrise reflected in the windows of a particularly stark concrete building on Wolverhampton College’s Paget Road site.

St George’s mushroom

St George's mushroom

A largish mushroom whose fruiting body appears in the spring – supposedly on St George’s day (which is today), though that sounds to me like the type of conceit perpetrated by Victorian gentlemen naturalists.

St George's mushroom

This one was actually pictured two days ago growing at the edge of a garden. Several others could just about be made out a few inches away, almost hidden by the greenery.

St George's mushroom

The tree stump gives some idea of the size of the mushroom’s cap.

St George's mushroom

Mare’s-tail budding

Mare's-tail budding

A very ancient type of plant, non-flowering because they evolved before there were insects to help in pollination. Most (British) coal is the fossilised remains of members of this family, including species which were as big as trees.

Mare's-tail budding

Coot conflict

Coot conflict

Two coots face up to each other

Coot conflict

More threatening postures

Coot conflict

Starting to see off the rival

Coot conflict

Now he’s going

Coot conflict

Time for a satisfied preen

Blackthorn bush in full flower

Blackthorn bush in full flower

The blackthorn bushes at the edge of Barley Field in the Smestow Valley LNR were at very different stages when this picture was taken at the end of March. The bushes at the top of the ridge, like this one, had their flowers completely out. Those lower down the slope were barely even budding.