Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Mute Swan

Swan

Swans are birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus. The swans' close relatives include the geese and ducks. Swans usually mate for life, though 'divorce' does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure.

Swan

Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on stretches of the Thames in the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. This historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. At that time swans were regarded as a delicious dish at banquets and feasts.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Phragmites

pampasgras

Phragmites, the common reed, is a large perennial grass found in wetlands throughout temperate and tropical regions of the world.

pampasgras

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Coypu and the Duck

22.04

The coypu, also known as the river rat, and nutria, is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers (pretty much everywhere except the really cold places). Its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.

22.04

Monday, May 20, 2013

Christofurr In Berlin

Christofurr
Outside the Reichstag

Christofurr
Hanging out with Chancellor Otto von Bismarck

Christofurr
Celebrating the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War at the Siegessäule 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pablo in London

Pablo

London based Mexican street artist Pablo Delgado emerged in 2011 and is already one of London’s best known street artists. He is renowned for his miniature paste up scenes.

Pablo

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blackbird

Blackbird

The European population has been estimated at between 38 and 55 million pairs and the only European country with no breeding blackbirds is Iceland; small numbers do occur there in the winter.

Blackbird

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spring Maple Blossom


Blossom

Acer is a genus of trees or shrubs commonly known as maple. The word Acer derives from a Latin word meaning "sharp" (compare "acerbic"), referring to the characteristic points on maple leaves. It was first applied to the genus by the French botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort in 1700.

Blossom

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Almond Blossom

Blossom

The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. "Almond" is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree.

Blossom