Water Droplets and Something Unexpected

Thursday, November 10th 2011

Although this damp, drizzly weather may not be our taste it does give rise to some opportunities for photography.   Berries with droplets of water hanging from them were glistening, even with the lack of sunshine.  Fruiting cups of the lichen Cladonia, were full of water and for once some of the photographs were in focus!!

Cladonia sp

Cladonia sp with water in fruiting cup

Grass seed heads provided other places for water to collect.

water droplets on graas seed heads

Blades of grass may be curved but this does not prevent the water lying along them.  

Droplets of water on grass leaf

The first frosts of Autumn kill the last of the spiders and late flying insects but some spiders have survived and their webs were covered in very large droplets of water.

Spider's web

Remaining on a watery theme, some extra water was put into the pond tank in the Activity Room.  Small invertebrates could be seen including flatworms, Freshwater Shrimps, Water Lice and some unexpected guests - two efts.  An eft is the correct name for a very young newt, probably one that still retains its gills.  They were caught and photographed before being released back into the pond where they will hibernate over winter.

One was slightly larger than the other, but they were about 20mm long. Both photographs show the feathery gills.

An eft

An eft


(1) Comments:

Raye Wilkinson responded on 10th Nov 2011 with...

I think the photos of the droplets are superb and should be forwarded to a national magazine for further coverage.  Well done


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