Here’s my entry of close-up’s for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge.

Lets start with one that I could have used for last week’s subject – Autumn. The last surviving Blackberries…

…found on a visit to Long Lane Pasture on Wednesday. Also at the pasture, signs of insect activity – Galls on an Oak leaf…

…These are a mix of Silk Button Spangle Galls and Common Spangle Galls (the green blobs). They are produced by two related species of Gall Wasp and each gall houses a Wasp Larva. The Galls are chemically induced by the adult Wasp.

On our last visit to Kew Gardens I was able to get a photo of this Common Darter…

…sunning itself on a stone wall.

Back once more to the pasture and a rather pretty autumn sight…

…Not flowers, as you might think, but the fruit of the Spindle Tree 🙂

Autumn in the UK still looks green, even if it is a dull dark green! In my garden, the Cyclamen is flowering…

…and the new leaves are just appearing. I bought this plant as a Mothers Day present over 40 years ago – to be flowering in the spring, it must have been forced by the grower. When it didn’t flower the next spring my Mum thought it had died, but I decided to plant the corm under the tree in the garden. It has expanded quite a bit over the years from that single corm and puts on a pretty display each autumn 🙂

A trip down to the pasture, our local nature reserve, to find an end of season Teasel -its final flower providing nectar for a solitary Brown Banded Carder Bee…

Food for Bees may be running out but there’s a good store of food waiting for the birds with berries adorning the Rowan…

…and the Hawthorn…

Autumn, of course, brings its share of inclement weather as we move towards winter. I got soaked through photographing our football match on Saturday…

…The match was a draw, so we’ve got to play again on Tuesday when, you’ve guessed it, rain is forecast 😉

Catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge Here.

I would have liked to do this as a poetic entry but the mind is dead and I couldn’t find a spark of inspiration. However, I did find my camera and these were all taken today for Cee’s Midwek Madness Challenge. I hope the greens are light enough and I think the last one may count as ‘neon’ 😉

Tree Identification can be difficult but I think these ‘catkins’ belong to White Willow…

Staying with Willows, I think these belong to Grey Willow…

Some fresh green leaves – on a Crab Apple I think…

All taken at Long Lane Pasture – which has reopened after a cable fault repair by the electricity company that caused the reserve to be closed for 8 weeks. To their credit they took away a load of soil that had been contaminated with oil many years ago as well 🙂

Just as short stroll down the road and some easier to identify items…

Volkswagen Beetle and mobile advert for plastic grass…

…That was a chance catch, but the thing I was relying on for a green that might be considered ‘neon’ was this – a Mercedes-Benz Arocs belonging to SQS…

…and I knew I had a reasonable chance of catching one of the trucks as SQS do a lot of highway maintenence in the area. In fact there were two, one after the other! Don’t you love it when a plan comes together 🙂