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Tags:   frost leaf winter cold morning Nature Through The Lens

N 64 B 537 C 66 E Oct 19, 2018 F Jan 13, 2019
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The Derwent is a river in Derbyshire, England. It is 66 miles (106 km) long and is a tributary of the River Trent, which it joins south of Derby. Throughout its course, the river mostly flows through the Peak District and its foothills.

Much of the river's route, with the exception of the city of Derby, is rural. However the river has also seen many human uses, and between Matlock and Derby was one of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution, providing power to the first industrial scale cotton mills. Today it provides a water supply to several surrounding cities, and its steeply sided valley is an important communications corridor through the uplands of the Peak District.]

Because of its scenic qualities, the valley of the River Derwent sees many tourist visitors. The upper reaches pass through the Peak District National Park, whilst the middle reaches around the old spa town of Matlock Bath which attracts tourists because of its souvenir shops and amusement arcades, together with attractions such as the Heights of Abraham and its cable car.

N 74 B 728 C 100 E Dec 16, 2018 F Jan 9, 2019
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This delightful and entertaining small bird is a frequent visitor to garden bird feeders and tables, performing skilful acrobatics to obtain a meal of peanuts or suet. They are easily recognised by their blue cap and wings, white cheeks and yellow body. Blue Tits are by far the most common species of tit in the UK, and will readily breed in nest boxes put up in gardens.
Nests in tree holes and nest boxes from March to June, laying 5-12 red flecked white eggs which hatch after 14 days incubation by the female.The young fledge at 18 days old and are fully independent after 4 weeks. They have one or two broods per year depending on the availability of food.
Although Blue Tit numbers have increased in the UK over the last 40 years, for some reason the number seen in individual gardens has actually declined a little since the 1970s. However, this could simply be because the population is being spread over more gardens as the popularity of feeding garden birds has grown in recent decades.


My Flickr has been off since yesterday, I was unable to comment or upload, seeing as though they are going to up the subscription price, they had better sort it out or I might have to go elsewhere

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N 57 B 523 C 30 E Oct 19, 2018 F Jan 7, 2019
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Press L for a better view

Tags:   chatsworth stately home devonshires peak district derwent AbsolutelyStunningScapes

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The teasel is so called because textile makers used its spiny combs to 'tease' cloth - cleaning it (carding) before spinning and raising the 'nap' or fuzzy surface. It wasn't until the 20th century that they were replaced by metal combs. However, they have proved themselves unsurpassed in finishing cloth that needs a very fine and evenly raised pile such as some hats and on the baize covering used for billiard tables. It is superior because of the small hooked spikes covering the conical flower-heads which have 'give' and bend over irregularities or snags unlike steel brushes which tend to tear through it indiscriminately.

The seeds, which develop inside the flowerheads, attract birds including Goldfinches.

Local names include Barber's brushes, Donkey's thistle, and Venus' basin. The latter refers to the way the leaves join around the stem and hold water and hence also the Roman calling teasel labrum Veneris (lip of Venus).

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