These pages make an index for some of the photo’s I take of flowers, lichens and animals etc. I know there’s a few people who are interested in the things we’re seeing particularly people preparing for the IML assessments!
Aconite-leaved Buttercup (Ranunculus aconitifolius) perennial May-July 20-50cm highRead More
Alpine Aster, Aster alpinus, July-September, 5-20cm highRead More
Alpine Forget-me-not, Myosotis alpestris, June-Sept, 5-30cmRead More
Alpine Snowbell (Soldanella alpina), Perennial, April-July, 5-15cmRead More
This is a spring plant I found growing in some limestone boulders high above Leysin in June. It’s not a common plant and it’s something I’d not seen before. It also goes by the names of mountain cowslip or bear’s ear. There’s a representation of a primula auricula on the reverse of an Austrian €0.05 […]Read More
These were taken at the Juraparc wildlife centre here in Switzerland, they some wolves, bison and bears in some fairly reasonable enclosures there. Right now the female bear, called Ursina, has two cubs called Boby and Buba, so their father Georges has been moved into the same enclosure as the wolves for the safety of […]Read More
Black Vanilla Orchid, nigritella nigra, perennial, May-August, 5-20cm highRead More
Chamois are part of a small family of goat like animals in the genus Rupicapra. There are two main species both of which are native to Europe, there’s what is known as the type species, in latin, Rupicapra rupicapra or the European Chamois and the Pyrenean Chamois or, in latin, the Rupicapra pyrenaica pyrenaica.
The European Chamois is around 20-30kg in weight and stands around 75cm tall.
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), Perennial, flowers March to April, 7-30 cm highRead More
It’s reckoned that without the impact of man then the common beech would be the most common tree in central Europe. In times when other food sources were scarce beech seeds, also called beechmast, were used as food on their own while later the seeds were used for oil and flour. Although edible the seeds […]Read More
common butterbur, Petasites hybridus, April-May, 15-150cm highRead More
There’s several varieties of puffball which look a little similar, the size and location of this suggest it’s a common puffball. These are photographed after the mushroom has releases the spores and you can see the break in the caps. When it’s younger the mushroom is white all through and edible, as it matures it […]Read More
Cypress Spurge, Euphorbia cyparissias, April-Aug, 15-30cm highRead More
Lepraria incana, dust lichenRead More
Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) perennial, May-June, 15-20cm highRead More
Edelweiss, Leontopodium alpinum, July-August, 15-20cmRead More
Elder-flowered Orchid, Dactylorhiza sambucina, May-June, 10-30cm highRead More
This stoat suddenly appeared in front of us near the chalet a couple days ago, fortunately I’d got my camera with me but not with the best lens and it the lens I did have was a little steamed up. Normally brown in the summer the stoat changed his colour to nearly completely white in […]Read More
￼This is the only native conifer in Europe that sheds its foliage in autumn. If you live in an area with a lot of Larch then you spend a couple of months with everything covered in larch needles and it’s a sign of oncoming winter as the ground is covered first by needles then by […]Read More
The Fly Agaric is a poisonous mushroom although deaths are rare and it consumed in some places. The the name derives from it’s use as a poison for flies when pieces of fly agaric would be placed in milk on a window sill to attract flies who would die once they’d consumed it. In some […]Read More