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Ettie’s Log #3 – Geese, Swans and Funghi

Continuing the adventures of Ettie the canal barge as she travels the canals of France.

We have just come through the Billy-le-Grand tunnel on the Canal de l’Aisne a la Marne.

Billy-le-grand tunnel

Billy-le-grand tunnel

Here are some other photographs from our trips in France.

Bar-headed Geese

Bar-headed Geese


Bar headed geese

Family of swans at St-Vallier

Family of swans at St-Vallier


Family of swans at St-Vallier on the River Rhone

Heron at écluse de Vaugris

Heron at écluse de Vaugris


Heron at écluse de Vaugris on the River Rhone

Mistletoe

Mistletoe


The pale yellow leaves on this tree belong to the mistletoe plant that is growing on it. The mistletoe plant is a hemiparasite (half parasite) because although it takes water and nutrients form the sap flowing up the tree it also makes food by photosynthesis in its leaves.

Exhibits in the Musée des Confluences, Lyon

Exhibits in the Musée des Confluences, Lyon


Trilobites in the Musée des Confluences, Lyon – a science centre.

Mushrooms at 2 écluses de Puichéric

Mushrooms at 2 écluses de Puichéric


Toadstools. Feeding fungus threads below ground have taken in enough materials to grow these “fruiting bodies” which are opening and releasing spores.

Bracket Fungus

Bracket Fungus


Bracket fungus. Feeding fungus threads inside the tree have taken in enough materials to produce this “fruiting body” which drops its spores into the woodland air.

Find out more about funghi fruiting bodies



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