Hairy Back - September 2018
Temperatures had risen steadily through the week, and by the time I was on my photo shoot on Sunday morning it was a pleasant 22°C. It was a shame that the sun was hiding behind thick banks of cloud, but that was quite fortunate as it provided a natural filter for my photographic endeavours.
I always think Autumn has definitely arrived when the Garden Spiders (Araneus diadematus) show up en masse, and they were certainly in abundance this weekend. I particularly liked this shot of one as it waited in the corner of its web. Just look at those hairs on its back and legs.
Suspended - September 2018
It was actually quite difficult walking around the garden without unknowingly wandering into a web. Some had been spun across quite large expanses, making me wonder how on earth the Spider had managed to construct it.
Lunchtime - September 2018
The webs were certainly very effective at catching small flies - as well as myself! Many of them contained little portions of wrapped up morsels that the Spider could consume throughout the day.
Final Forage - September 2018
Other than Garden Spiders and Flies, there were very few other insects around. This small Bumblebee (Bombus) was one of only a handful I saw as it foraged on the Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea) blooms.
Opening Soon - September 2018
Probably the most exciting event yet to happen in the garden was the arrival of the Nerine (Nerine bowdenii) blooms. This year only one had appeared, and it looked like it would be revealing itself within the coming week.
Feverfew Finale - September 2018
Other blooms still going strong were the lovely Feverfew (Anacetum parthenium) flowers, which were coming to an end, but still looking good.
Happy Hypericum - September 2018
The St John's Wort (Hypericum) blooms were now on their second outing, and were brightening up otherwise dull areas of the garden.
Dahlia Delight - September 2018
The Dahlia 'Nuit d'Ete' blooms kept on coming, with this particular plant having a dozen or so more flower buds left to open.
Pretty Peaceful - September 2018
The classic Rose (Rosa) 'Peace' was even flowering once again, despite most of its leaves being decimated by black spot.
Fully Loaded - September 2018
One of the most magnificent sights in the garden at the moment was this Firethorn (Pyracantha ) bush, which was absolutely covered in ripening berries. It had never looked so good, and would provide a fantastic Winter treat for the Blackbirds.
Budding Ivy - September 2018
As discussed a couple of weeks ago, the Common Ivy (Hedra helix) had started to break out into these understated but quite intricate little flowers.
Autumn Arrives - September 2018
The Acer palmatum tree had continued to don its Autumn colours, with most of the leaves now turning this lovely brown hue.
Rosehips - September 2018
A couple of Wild Roses (Rosa) had produced rosehips this year, which added a few bright points of colour to otherwise drab looking areas of the garden.
Little Kitty - September 2018
Dad's young kitty companion made another visit while I was in the garden this weekend, and followed me around for a while. He doesn't seem to like his picture being taken though, so it's difficult to get a decent photo of him.
Panoramic Panda - September 2018
Finally my fishy friends. This week we're taking a look at one of my lovely little Panda Cory's (Corydoras panda). They're probably my favourite of all of the Corydoras catfish.
So this week I went with Hairy Back as my Image of the Week, simply because I liked the amount of detail that was captured on the back of such a small creature...