November has been another quiet month. I am not good in cold or wet weather and it has been a tad windy too. I know I should get out more, but during the first week I was still getting over the cold I came down with in October – who says colds should only last five days? Mine certainly didn’t and then it turned into a racking cough; the kind that hurt your ribs. So only excursions were those for necessities like changing the library books and buying the groceries.
So most of the images this month are from the garden or close by.
I spent a lot of time watching the birds. Flocks of fieldfares are the most entertaining as they swoop and dive above the hedgerows; seagulls float above; the corvids are silent. Blackbird, robin and wren have returned to the garden. Wagtails come to bathe. Sunlight catches the white undersides of the seagulls, the wingtips of the magpie and the buff underbelly of the fieldfare. If only I was quick enough with the camera.
On a bright day I got out into the garden to see what was still flowering
And found some fungi on an old tree stump:
The neighbour’s Cornish palm (Cordyline Australis) is still glowing
and the false castor oil plant (Fatsia Japonica) comes into its own in November when the flowers open up. They are creamy white, spherical, and carried in open-branched clusters at the tips of the stems. The bees and flies love them!
Most of the trees and hedgerows are bare now
and when it is raining or blowing a hooley I have resorted to some indoor photography. The Christmas cactus is the best I have seen it flower in a dozen years – it obviously loved the summer outdoors and the cold conservatory in which it lives now.
I may have to be a bit more inventive next month!
The Cardinal is continuing his photo project throughout 2016 and 2017 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Read his blog for the new rules this year (he is running two versions) and to view his interpretation and those of other participants.