Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Umbellifer prints

A couple of mono-prints using acrylic with a retarder and a gelli plate....the light was rather poor for photography!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Swansea waves ...

Guessing the Portuguese man o'war from yesterday will have been washed away ....or thrown high and dry! Storm Ophelia is cranking it up!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Portuguese man o' war strandings.....

With the Marine Conservation Society reporting mass strandings of Portuguese man o' war in the south-west; the largest in number since 2012, it was no surprise when Tom sent these pictures through from the beach between Swansea Uni and Black Pill. There were 5 in total.

The Portuguese Man o’ War isn’t a jellyfish but is closely related, and consists of a floating colony of hydrozoans – several tiny marine organisms living together and behaving collectively as if one animal. A purple float, shaped a little like a Cornish pasty, is visible on the water’s surface whilst blue, tentacle-like ‘fishing polyps’ hang below; these can be tens of metres in length.“It’s the tentacle-like polyps that can give an agonising and potentially lethal sting,” says Dr Richardson. “Because a stranded Portuguese Man o’ war looks a bit like a deflating purple balloon with blue ribbons attached, children will find it fascinating. So, if you’re visiting west coast beaches in the next few weeks it’s well worth making sure you know what these animals look like and that no one picks them up. The stings can be unbelievably painful and in rare cases, fatal. We’d like people to report any sightings of Portuguese man o’ war to our website so we get a better idea of the extent of the strandings”.  (www.mcsuk.org/news/portuguese-man-o-war-on-beaches)

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Christmas puddings ....

Time to finally admit I need to crack on with Christmas ....three sizes of Christmas pudding.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Singleton Park and ivy bees in Swansea.

Ivy bees in the dunes at Swansea Bay- large aggregations and high density nesting holes- pictured is a female digging her burrow out.
Walks in Singleton Park
  Left: jay; grey squirrel
Middle top: birch polypore( Piptoporus betulinus),
 Middle bottom: purple jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)
Top right: a bracket of some kind
Bottom right: brick stuck in a tree!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Colours of autumn......

Just as it's getting rather dark and cool in Cumbria, the sun and warmth bathe Swansea in autumnal colour!

Swansea University botanic gardens - feted iris and passion flowers.
Swansea Bay dunes- morning moisture on a funnel web; speckled wood butterfly; waxcaps and a Lasioglossum furrow bee.