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Monday, 09 November 2009
London Sunset

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As seen through the gloaming from the North Downs last night.

Posted by bigblue on 09/11/2009 at 01:36 PM
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Friday, 06 November 2009
Cold Front

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Spotted on the Weald approaching Limpsfield recently. The BBC has a short explanation of fronts here. The article concludes:

However, mother nature works in mysterious ways and if she doesn’t want to follow a model, she won’t

which must be one of the most bizarre attempts to explain science ever.

Posted by bigblue on 06/11/2009 at 07:46 AM
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Thursday, 05 November 2009
Biplane

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Spotted in the skies above Oxted recently.

Posted by bigblue on 05/11/2009 at 08:39 AM
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Wednesday, 04 November 2009
Brown Bracken

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According to the BBC:

Bracken is the tallest fern in Britain and can grow up to 2m or more. It can be found on heathland, moorland and woodlands.
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Bracken has a bad reputation, however, Simon Leatherdale from the Forestry Commission says its reputation is not deserved.

It is poisonous if eaten in its green stage it does poison livestock.  It is carcinogenic when it is sporing in the summer, the spores themselves are very mildly carcinogenic but it very rarely spores and even when it does it is very low risk. So low that the Forestry Commission don’t really bother to do anything about it.  One of the ways they control it is to use horses to pull a roller that crushes it.

Despite not sporing, it spreads very well by using rhizomes, which are like roots, if you dig down beneath a bracken plant you find a very black root-like structure.  If you look at a bracken patch it will be one plant connected underground by rhizomes.  In Wales, on the mountains, you can get 100 acres which is a single plant.

Posted by bigblue on 04/11/2009 at 08:27 AM
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Tuesday, 03 November 2009
Autumn mist

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This is one of the sentinels of the North Downs, above Oxted. Here on the North Downs we have something of a rabbit problem, so it’s interesting to see that another part of the world is suffering from the same plague.

Posted by bigblue on 03/11/2009 at 08:21 AM
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Monday, 02 November 2009
Forest Row Village Hall

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Built in 1892, this is Freshfield Hall the village hall in the East Sussex village of Forest Row. It is the home of the Forest Row Film Society. This community group was winner of the prestigious 2009 Film Society of the Year award.

Posted by bigblue on 02/11/2009 at 08:12 AM
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Sunday, 01 November 2009
Autumn on Master Park

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An obligatory view of the public park at this time of the year… and apparently it’s a bumper season for spiders and daddy long-legs.

Posted by bigblue on 01/11/2009 at 10:01 PM
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