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 🙂

I think the old newspapers would have called this an Extra 😉 While The Hunter – Call of the Wild is a hunting game, hunting doesn’t always equate to shooting with a gun. Here’s some photo type shots from an encounter in Hirschfelden with a young male Fallow Deer – Unsure and inquisitive he steps out of cover…

…Then more boldly out into the open…

…advancing to within a few metres…

…Until he suddenly realised I was there in the bushes. Time to go…

…and no, I didn’t shoot him, except with the camera 🙂