A June trip to Kew Gardens

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Kew Gardens were as delightful as ever today, with a super abundance of brightly coloured flowers, many and varied flourishing plants, not to mention the burgeoning wildlife.

Llangennith Marshes Slideshow

Red Campion on Llangennith Marsh

I have been experimenting with presentation styles for my photographs and have put together as a slideshow some images previously posted on this blog showing Llangennith Marshes near Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales early one summer. Click on the picture above to see the Roxio Photoshow of the flowers and wild ponies on the marsh. Hope you like it.

Animal Art in Oregon

Fish crashing through a wall in Portland, Oregon, USA

Just for fun, a few pictures of animal art and sculpture that I randomly photographed while visiting Eugene, Yachats, and Portland in Oregon on the north-west Pacific Coast of America. With the exception perhaps of the parrot, they reflect the widespread appreciation of the rich wildlife of the region.

Elephant Skin

Specimen of elephant taxidermyIn an earlier post about rock textures and patterns at Tenby in South Wales I said that some rock surfaces reminded me of elephant hide. So, shown above are a few photographs that I took of the elephant skin on a prepared specimen exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London to show you what I meant – while below are a couple of examples of the textured limestone from Tenby for comparison.

Oxford Sandy & Black Pigs

I had a wonderful day out at the Dorset County Show yesterday. It was great fun, very noisy, very busy, and too much to see in just one day. The warm sunny weather meant that it was really well attended and there was a sea of people as far as the eye could see – all having a good time. I especially enjoyed getting up close to all the farm animals – like these delightful Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs from the Ansty Herd near Dorchester. The piglets were really cute. Children just loved putting their fingers through the enclosure mesh to tickle the piglets, and the piglets seemed to be pleased with all the attention.

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Glimpses of Montreal Biodome

We know there is Nature in the city but in Montreal this can be experienced on a large scale in the Biodôme which is a unique museum of environment. Live collections with more than 4,800 animals from 230 species and 750 plants species in four ecosystems from the Americas, each with a different climate – all under one roof.

To quote from the Lonely Planet guide to Montreal and Quebec City:

you can amble through a rainforest, explore Antarctic islands, view rolling lowlands or wander along the raw Atlantic oceanfront – all without ever leaving the building.

Penguins frolic in the pools…the tropical chamber is a cross-section of Amazonia with mischievous little monkeys teasing alligators in the murky waters below. The Gulf of St Lawrence has an underwater observatory where you can watch cod feeding alongside lobsters and sea urchins in the tidal pools. The appearance of the Laurentian Forest varies widely with the seasons, with special habitats for lynx, otters and around 350 bats.

 [These pictures from the visit to the Biodôme are also shown on my other WordPress site along with more postings of photographs taken in Montreal during my trip to Canada last year].