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This is a
spectecularly large ugly death-head moth, visiting us in
the summer of 2006. An African species that needs
tropical conditions to breed, but adult ones sometimes
cover long distances and are observed in the
mediterranean where they even lay eggs.
climate change has dramatically shifted the seasons for
many mushroom families. The picture shows a probably
several years old polyporus that survives harsh
climates. But the cantharelle, normally abundant
in september, is becoming more rare every year due to the
absence of rain in autumn. Several edible boletus
appear as late as december, as do the large, delicious macrolepiota
procera or parasol and the also edible armillaria
mellea or honey funghus. In 2010 we found
the delicious amanita cesarea for the first time
in 16 years.
youngster just made his maiden flight from the nesthouse
and landed in the heart of a palm leaf. As soon as they
vacate the house, the next couple of tits arrives,
rearranges the 'furniture' and starts a new family.
Sometimes the breeding continues until end of June when
it must be a real nightmare to live in an overcrowded,
noisy room with just one small window.....
This photograph shows just one of several
subspecies of Arum Italicum, a highly valued
indoor bulb plant with a characteristic white/yellow
flower and later carmine red berries. Your florist wants
serious money for it, here they grow in millionfold on
nearly every open spot in the woods.
The winter snowball or Viburnum Tinus,
flowering abundantly in January. They can be found in
many places in our surroundings but if a little bit
sheltered will also survive gardenlife in northern
regions. Hard to dig out because here they favour a rocky
soil. It is accompanied by conifers like Tuja's en
Junipers, of which several subspecies are present in