Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Wild flowers moving towards Autumn
Our beautiful river, down by the bridge. Today I walked back half-way from getting the paper (my good man dropped me off). Unfortunately my legs were feeling "feak and weeble" after climbing up the steepest part of the steep hill behind the house yesterday and really didn't enjoy today's walk. I am very unfit from not being able to walk in June/early July. I took some wild flower photos, so here are a few:
Betony, which I've also found in white along another lane locally.
Common Cow Wheat, which grows on the bank, beside the Betony, beside the river . . .
On our journeys, this wild flower (Rosebay Willow Herb) more than any other shows the passage of time from Summer towards Autumn. When I see the flowers being spent and turning to seed pods of cotton wool, so that only a few flowers remain at the tip, my heart sinks as I know summer is spent. Into autumn the foliage changes to beautiful bronze, flame and Lucozade-orange tints.
Leucozona glaucia - a POSITIVE ID of a hoverfly - these seem to love Umbellifers.
Regular visitors will know that this walk is being shown in reverse! Here's the view up-river - water levels quite low at the moment.
One of the Hawkweeds?) The leaves have confused the ID . . . Might be Common or Leafy.
Looking back across the valley. The farm is the one by our house (you can just see the yellow of our South-facing gable end). On the ground, only a couple of old farm buildings are visible from the house, but the Google Earth image is not an encouraging one for potential buyers as I doubt they even get to the Street View . . . Can you tell I am feeling despondent?
Above and below: Hemp Agrimony.
The start of my walk - looking across and up the valley.