A Damp Squib

A damp squib. No, not a new and exotic species but an unadorned description of the day: early mist followed by persistent rain. Not much to show for it, but the dancing duck from yesterday has branched out into the music business and changed her stage to a picturesque stone wall. She's obviously touting for a mass market audience. So here she is… the new diva of Falmer. :sing:

As for the rest, given the state of the weather the only creatures happy to come out were the newts. There's quite a colony underneath all the weed, and as with last year I expect them to overrun everything else in there.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. SittingFox March 9, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    So much rain…you wonder if we'll ever have a draught again.

    Glad the newts are doing well.

  2. gdare March 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    A new diva of Falmer 😆 Were you the only one in audience? :whistle:

  3. Words March 12, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Darko, yes I was the only one in the audience. 😀

  4. Words March 12, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Adele, rain, now snow. Ugh! The newts are doing fine, but unfortunately we lost three frogs at the weekend, all found on the path by the pond. No real clues as to the reason, but it may mean we have no spawn this year. 🙁

  5. SittingFox March 12, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    That's sad 🙁 I hope it wasn't disease.

  6. Words March 15, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Adele, I can't be sure that it wasn't disease. Very odd to see them just a few feet from each other. It's unlikely to be red-leg at this time of year from what I've read and there weren't any obvious signs, but no real injuries either.