Not Spiders!

Here is a collection of pictures of interesting things that are not insects or spiders.

 

Above:New photographs of the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) that I took from my village in January 2005. It is quite unusual to see this from where I live in England so I was extremely excited to see it. I have only seen it once before.

Take a look at this page for more information: http://www.alaskascience.com/aurora.htm

 

The moon!

Above: a collared dove.

Above: a female chaffinch.

Above: a male chaffinch hovering and a great tit.

Above: a jackdaw nesting in my neighbour's chimney.

Above: a dunnock having a wash.

My Bolivian rainbow chillies. They start a vivid purple colour then as they ripen they go yellow, then orange and finally bright red! They are also quite hot.

 

Above: A common toad (Bufo bufo) photographed late at night at Chamber's Farm Wood not far from where I live.

 

Above: Limax maximus, the leopard slug.

Above: Mallard ducks chasing each other.

Above: a lizard in France.

Above: a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) that washed up on Skegness beach. Photographed before sunrise so as to avoid the crowds it attracted.

Below: me standing next to the giant.

Above: a tortoise living wild in Florida.

Above: A horseshoe crab. These are more closely related to spiders than crabs.

Below: It turned out to be two horseshoe crabs mating!

 

Above: the underside of a starfish.

 

Above: Partial eclipse of the sun in England. My garden during and after the eclipse.

Above: common frogs, in my pond.

Above: a hedgehog. It is unusual to see them out during the day and we suspect this hedgehog was blind. It was otherwise healthy.

 

Above: a grass snake! In my pond! Grass snakes (Natrix natrix) are often found in or near ponds, perhaps feeding on frogs.

Above: a grass snake that lives on my compost heap.

Above: a grass snake basking in sunlight, photographed in woods near my house.

Above: a relative of the grass snake, the viperine (Natrix maura). Like the grass snake they are often found in water. This one was scavenging a dead fish.

Above: a lizard photographed in Ibiza.

 

Above: Nice rainbows. As seen from my back garden. Notice how the sky is darker above the rainbow than below it.

 

Not Spiders, videos!

 

Above: a hungy vole.

 

 

Above: one of the grass snakes that live in my garden.

 

 

Above: wasps nesting in a lawn-mower.

 

 

Above: The mating flight of ants in my garden. Hungry dragonflies, swallows and gulls feast on the hapless flying insects.

 

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