Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools linked by waterfalls. The inhabitants of the Isle of Skye believed “the little people” bathed in the miraculously clear water, and the whole landscape has the tingle of magic about it.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Spring at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is home to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s 120-acre waterbird reserve, boasting the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks.

 

Skeletons from the Natural History Museum

Whales: Beneath the Surface was the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the new entrance hall, where childhood favourite Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. It was open to the public from 14 July 2017 until 28 February 2018.

Pakicetus skeleton cast, Natural History Museum
Pakicetus skeleton cast, 50 million year old earliest ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen used to filter feed, Natural History Museum

 

Witches Butter and Crowded Parchment

Fungus growing on dead wood
Fungus growing on dead wood

At a recent walk through around Fyne Court, a National Trust woodland in Somerset, I came across some peculiar looking fungi, which have even more peculiar names. This is Tremella mesenterica, or yellow brain fungus for short. It goes by many names, including witches butter, yellow trembler and the golden jelly fungus, and you can certainly see why.

Tremella mesenterica, common names include yellow brain, golden jelly fungus, yellow trembler, and witches' butter
Yellow Brain Fungus and Crowded Parchment Fungus

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