Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal (no birds)

There’s not a lot of large animals prowling the streets of Finchley. Sure, we have foxes but they are largely nocturnal. There’s always the neighbourhood cats but it’s been a bit too warm for them to be out and about this week – they’re probably sunning themselves on someone’s garden decking 😉 If it was football season I’d probably be able to photograph a couple of non-league dogs with their humans but there’s still a couple of weeks to go. So I’m afraid my black & white animals are going to be insects.

Lets start with an insect that has probably caused more screams than Monsters Inc. – The Crane Fly. Along with Harvestmen and spiders it gets a bad rap largely because of that old children’s ditty ‘Ghosties and Ghoulies and Long-legged beasties’…etc. If I had a £1 for every time I’ve had to go into a tent at Scout camp to evict one of these after the occupants have carried out a panic evacuation I’d be quite a few pints of beer better off! This particular one is Tipula vernalis and it’s one of the largest……but like all Crane Flies it’s totally harmless!

Now we’ve got the bad guy out of the way we can look towards some of those we appreciate for their beauty. Here’s a Six spot Burnet moth feeding on Creeping Thistle……there was a colour shot of one of these in my previous post.

And a contra-jour shot of a Comma butterfly resting on Brambles……it hasn’t been savaged by a bird or Dragonfly – it’s wings are supposed to look ragged and are a very helpful identification feature 🙂 A colour version will follow when I get around to doing a Butterflies post.

Catch up with Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge Here.

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Moths

Some moths found on Long Lane Pasture this summer.

Burnet Companion…

Small China-mark…

Cinnabar…

Six-spot Burnet…

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet…

A Local Stroll

Yesterday I got out and about for a walk round the local area. Alasdair’s GCSE’s are almost over and I can get back to doing what I want to do 🙂 Here some transport shots from a somewhat overcast yesterday.

Here we see a delivery in progress to ABC Depot on Station Road……It’s a tight fit coming down there with cars parked both sides and there was a bit of shuffling of some vehicles to make room for the truck to park up in the loading area. The tractor unit is a Renault Range-T. It was new to Steven Sharpley Transport of Driffield but has been sold on. I wonder if Alan Firmin have bought it second-hand to evaluate the Range-T (they’re mainly Mercedes customers) but it’s more likely to be an owner-driver filling-in for them.

On Regents Park Road here’s a 143 bus passing the old bank building – I believe it was a Barclays……The Trophy Centre and Felafel Feast on the right occupy the old Coal Offices of Finchley Central station.

London Ambulance 7794 passes along Ballards Lane on Blues ‘n’ Two’s…

Another truck on Ballards Lane passes the Finchley Central bus stop and passengers who are likely waiting for a bus to Golders Green or Brent Cross……Steve Williams Transport are based in Wrexham in Wales. I’m guessing he overnighted at South Mimms services and is on his way to complete his delivery?

A 125 Bus heading along Ballards Lane past Victoria Park……The housing behind the bus was built by Martyn Gerrard estate agents and includes their head office.

Another shot on Ballards Lane at the North Finchley end. A 460 bus heads for Willesden……This is the latest Volvo / Wright bus combination delivered to Metroline and they are replacing the Volvo / Plaxton vehicles on the route. The tall building in the centre is 100 Kingsway – upmarket flats to rent. The building also houses The Arts Depot and the bus station. On the left you can see the sign for The Elephant which is a Fuller’s Public house and does very nice Thai food to accompany well kept ales. The pub used to be called The Moss Hall Tavern.

To finish, here’s one of the fourteen year old Volvo’s on the 460 route at its North Finchley terminus outside 100 Kingsway…