Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'


I love looking at life through a macro lens - as you probably know if you've ever seen any of my pictures of spiders (check out my nature folder at the bottom of this page if you're intrigued).
None of those this time though......I promise.

I find it totally amazing the detail you can pick up on every day things that you may (or may not) take for granted like the humble bumble bee or a droplet of water gathered on a leaf as rain drops roll and form a perfect fluid sphere poised on the very edge that only the slightest of breezes could send it tumbling.

I know I've said it before, but if you can't find me with my head in the clouds day dreaming then I normally have my nose to the ground searching out the extraordinary.

Anyway, my usual slug and snail search of an evening - when the little slimy critters awake from their daytime slumber and crawl out of their hiding places - gave me finding more then I bargained for last night in the garden.

Basically apart from checking the ground and plants for the usual suspicious slime tracks I also check the trunks (and branches) of trees - for some reason they like the buddleia.

Anyhoo, on this particular sweep of the trees I came across a little critter that to be perfectly honest - I haven't a clue what it is.

It looks (in shape) like a caterpillar, but I hesitate to say it is a caterpillar as it's roughly 3 cm's in length and is very well camouflaged - as you can see, which is why I mistook it for a part of the tree.  It's soft so no cocoon and is just stuck there, clinging to the main trunk of my willow tree.

Since last night it has moved - about an inch further up the tree - and is now partially hiding behind some ivy.

I'm stumped!  What is it and should I be intrigued or very very afraid?

I did ask on Twitter last night if anyone could identify it, but so far......nothing.  I'm Tabibooblog by the way if you fancy following me over there too.

So this caterpillar twiggy thing left me grabbing my 'proper' camera this morning in the hope that I could capture some decent images......which led me on a search of the garden and some of the 'other' wildlife that inhibits my garden.  

Yes there were spiders - quite a few actually - but as I mentioned, I thought I would spare you this time.

Well lovely readers - can you help? 

I'm going to monitor the proceedings and fingers crossed some progress and maybe, even......some answers.

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On a completely different note 'hello' to The Linen Cloud, Mrs Marsa, Autumnberries (I love that name) RengiahengThe Polka Dot Petticoat, JKWhitmore, Anushka and little miss vintage - hello, hello and warm, warm welcome one and all - I hope I haven't freaked you out too much with my wildlife close ups.