Category Archives: Nature

A Sense of Wonder

The moon has stirred the imagination of humans for millennia. It still does. Here’s a view of the rising moon captured by Mark Gee. Worth watching.   Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo. (hat tip to Jerry Coyne)

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Music In The Cathedral

The ISS is one of science’s cathedrals. Scientists can also be musicians. Space Oddity has always been one of my favourite songs. Commander Chris Hadfield brings it all together. The special effects were all provided by nature. Wonderful.

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Feynman’s Philosophy

A good video that nicely summarises the philosophy of Richard Feynman, narrated by Feynman himself. A key section: “You see, one thing is I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to … Continue reading

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Best Laid Down – And Avoided

In recent years, there’s been a fashion for “historical drama documentaries” on TV. You know the sort of thing – get a historian to front a programme on say, the Wars of the Roses, and fill most of the airtime … Continue reading

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Aerial Ballet

I was out working in the garden today, when I became aware of bird cries that were unfamiliar. Looking up, I saw a flock of Cranes (Grus grus) lazily circling above the house. The flock of 38 birds continued circling … Continue reading

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Intricate Processes of Fantastic Horror

In the novel, The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham, one of the characters, Gordon Zellaby, says: “I wonder if a sillier and more ignorant catachresis than “Mother Nature” was ever perpetuated? It  is because nature is ruthless, hideous, and cruel … Continue reading

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A Close Shave

On the other side of the lane that runs past our property is a narrow verge and a ditch. Every year in Spring, the verge erupts with nettles. And every year, I do battle with the brush-cutter to try and … Continue reading

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Garden Visitor

We had a visitor at the bird feeder yesterday. It was a female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) making the most of the last remaining scraps of food. While we often see (or hear) a pair of Green Woodpeckers in … Continue reading

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Blogging Logging

Near where we live is an area known as the Zwarte Veen (the Black Bog). The bog has long since been drained and is now farmland. We often walk the dogs along a track running through the area. The track … Continue reading

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It’s the Daffodils Turn

Following on from my post about the field of crocuses, it’s now the turn of the daffodils to have their day in the sun…

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Field of Crocuses

One of our local farmers has changed from growing the usual crops to cultivating flowers. His fields are currently full of crocuses.

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Watson and the Sirens

As part of the national disaster warning system, there are over 4,000 sirens placed around the Netherlands. These are tested at 12:00 on the first Monday of every month for a couple of minutes. Our younger dog, Watson, reacts to … Continue reading

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A Plague of Larvae

We noticed that the grass in our field was looking a bit scrubby, and the earth was being scraped over. At first, we suspected our dog, Watson, was looking for moles, but the damage was becoming too widespread. One of … Continue reading

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Fledged

A few weeks back, I noted that a blackbird was sitting on a nest that she’d built in our pony stall. She hatched four eggs, and the chicks have all grown and successfully fledged. Today, the nest was empty. She … Continue reading

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Brooding

A Blackbird has built a nest in our woodshed. The nest is perched on top of a wooden frame that is leaning against the wall, and is at eye-level. It’s just below the equipment that supplies the current to the … Continue reading

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Spring Has Arrived

It seems as though Spring has arrived. We’ve been having good weather for the past week, and the daffodils and crocuses are in full bloom. To celebrate, I’ve changed the blog header photo from Winter to Spring. From this: to … Continue reading

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Cyclone Yasi

I hadn’t quite grasped the huge size of cyclone Yasi until I read this story that shows the extent of Yasi overlaid on other parts of the world. It is simply vast. 

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The Bird Feeder

There’s a couple of bird feeders hanging in the tree just outside my study window. At this time of year, there’s a collection of the usual suspects hanging around making use of them, or scavenging the seeds that fall to … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

If you don’t have to travel anywhere, it’s rather pretty outside. There have been several falls of snow in the past week, and the daytime temperatures are still below freezing. Driving in this is somewhat less pleasurable; fortunately, we’ve got … Continue reading

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A Taxonomy of European Birds

Looking through my photo collection, I see that I have taken over 1,300 photos that have a bird or birds as the subject. Up until now, I’ve catalogued these in a rather haphazard fashion, that’s to say that as I’ve … Continue reading

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