Day 2 of a Nature Challenge week

As with Blake, the wonder of nature for me is in the little things – the colour, shapes and diversity of lifeforms. How can we not marvel that a carnivorous sea snail like the dog whelk is able to construct a lovely, conical exoskeleton for its abode*. And once the tide has cast the shell remains onto the shoreline, there is a Whelk-shell jumping spider (Pseudeuophrys obsoleta), just waiting for the chance to claim this available accommodation.

Even shingle is one of nature’s marvels, coloured by local rock minerals and constructed over many hundreds of year in an ongoing give and take of tidal erosion.
nature challenge - dog whelk shell and shingle

AS PART OF THE CHALLENGE RULES, I AM SUPPOSED TO NOMINATE ANOTHER BLOGGER BUT THIS IS THE BIT I DON’T LIKE SO AM JUST HAPPY TO HIGHLIGHT SOMEONE INSTEAD – TAKE A LOOK AT fellow Londoner John Godley: A Life (not)in London – he’s got some Oriental greens in his post today

* How are seashells created?

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8 thoughts on “Day 2 of a Nature Challenge week

    1. ah Tish I learnt to side-step the rules at boarding school 😉 but seriously I do like to give the blogs I follow a shout out and do dislike the ‘hard work’ of checking to see if potential nominees have already been nominated and then telling them they’ve been chosen for something they may hate. 😡 These days many of us bloggers are award-free with almost no need to state it so that’s a minefield too ^^’

  1. Beautiful, I love the way you capture the beauty of simple, even common things. I never managed to get close enough to make shots like that work, I miss my old macro lens. One day…

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