Took a trip out to Merthyr Mawr to see what we could find, it was warm and sunny with a bit of a breeze, it is a large sand dune nature reserve near Ogmore, long time ago it was part of a single dune system that stretched all the way to Kenfig see here for details -
It was a pleasant afternoon with a few nice photos taken, we found one spot under the trees with a few shrooms
This one seems to be Death Cap - Amanita phalloides from my investigations - deadly poisonous - no cure, nice.
This one is Brown Roll Rim - Paxillus involutus, also not good for you, you may live but may not want to while it works its way through.
This is a Russula sanguinea - no common name - not as bad as the others but you probably dont want to eat it, pretty though
a friendly little place with so much scope for 'dont get mad get even' only joking
Anyway, moving on in the sunshine looking for other photogenic subjects I think this is my favourite of the day, right by the side of the path
Common Lizard - Lacerta vivipara, the bramble flower gives you a idea of the size - it was curled up on one leaflet of the bramble leaf - sweet
then of course there are the butterflies - good old Common Blue , never fails to deliver when you want a photo, so long as you have patience and a slow approach
Common Blue mating - Polyommatus icarus
Now heres a Jolly Green Giant, was a bit amazed at just how large these guys are 40-55mm
Great Green Bush Cricket - Tettigonia viridissima
he was not happy to sit still and as they can bite I decided not to hold him up for a better photo
the last nice spot was a orb spider dining on a grasshopper, not nice for the grasshopper but a reasonable photo opportunity
No comon name but latin - Araneus quadratus
The quadratus is about the identifying 4 pale spots on the abdomen, the colour and other markings are variable
in all a great walk with some interesting spots - nothing rare - shrooms aside, not really rare but uncommon, but nice.
I was actually looking for Autumn Ladies Tresses, I photographed them there about 25 years ago on slide film - pre digital - so I would like to get them again. A very pretty flower but not easy to find - look it up to see why !