Light Fades On The Fallen

I was convinced there would be a great sunset tonight and headed up on Eagle Ridge. For those that have been on one of my Free Nature Walks In The Algarve that includes Eagle Ridge will know where I mean!

Yet again, we have what appears to be a hazy cloud that arrives near the horizon at sunset spoiling the perfect Algarvian sunset, however, I stayed around to capture what colour there was in the sky.

The tree on the right is a Cork Oak and also the dead tree is too.

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Light Fades On The Fallen

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Morning Dog Walk: Last Week A Fake, This Time The Real Hornet!….And Some Ants……

I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

Last week, I saw a Mimic Hornet Hoverfly, but this morning it was the real deal! I could hear a loud, deep buzzing noise and assumed it was a Carpenter Bee, however, I glanced up and saw some European Hornets feasting on Sap leaking out of a Cork Oak.

These are big, in fact are the biggest “true” Wasp found in Europe, in other words, the largest member of the Vespa genus. They grown to around 3.5cm long and although get a bad name for being aggressive, in fact they are not. However, approach their nest or food source and they will defend en masse and unlike Bees can sting repeatedly.

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European Hornet (Vespa crabro)
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The Tree Of Life

Sometimes photo opportunities come to you. I was sitting in the house shopping on Amazon for a new WiFi Router (my current one keeps playing up) when I looked out of the back terrace and could see the top of a nearby ridge with the trees silhouetted by the setting sun (Further explanation of the shot below the photo).

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Tree Of Life
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