Sunday, 31 July 2016

Around the bog



A wander around the bog and surrounding fields here in Gwynedd, north Wales, has produced a few pictures to share.




One of the Buzzards that are constantly calling.





I found a lovely little yellow flower growing along near the edge of the bog, in the field.




Trailing St John's-wort


First time I've knowingly seen this plant, and once I'd got the ID, I've started seeing it quite a bit.
Another small plant growing quite close to it is this one,




Dovesfoot Cranesbill



There are plenty of Marsh Thistle growing at the edge of the bog, which is attracting a few birds after the seeds.




A large flock of Blue Tits were enjoying the seeds.



Carefully wading into the bog I came across another first for me.





Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil.




Plenty of Wild Angelica too







Back on drier land a tiny blue flower,




 Thyme-leaved Speedwell






I'll finish with a shot of Whisky, and one of his brothers, Obi.





Wet, dirty and happy after running around in the bog.




Thursday, 21 July 2016

Down in the bog



Went down to the bog this morning, in one of the fields here in north Wales, to see what's about; accompanied by the dogs of course.




Whisky, Thistle and Ellie





Quite a few Harebell dotted around,







a few Meadow Browns and Ringlet butterflies,





and the thistles were attracting a lot of bees.



Bees with white bums







bees with orange bums










and bees with stripy bums.









But it was the plants in the bog I mainly wanted to look at, usually a good selection here. Some Cotton Grass growing in the middle, a couple of clumps of Ragged Robin and some Trefoil growing by the edge.


Masses of Marsh Bedstraw,








some Bog Asphodel









Cross-Leaved Heath











Marsh Willowherb










and a lot of Marsh Cinquefoil.








An enjoyable couple of hours, and the dogs enjoyed it too.

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Thistles




So me and the boy Whisky, are back in Wales.




Whisky



The first 'Thistle' we met was one of his brothers.




Thistle





Plenty of other thistles to see this morning though; the prickly kind.








This first one really lives up to its name, with some viscous spear like spikes.






Spear Thistle




A common plant of pastures, rough grassland, roadsides and waste ground.








Marsh Thistle



Also comes in white.









The final one, is also very common and can be found in similar areas to the previous two.





Creeping Thistle










Notice there are no spikes on the stems of this thistle.


Still hurts to touch them though.



Saturday, 9 July 2016

Wild Flowers



We've been spending a lot of time trying to get to know the wild flowers we come across on our local travels. Well, I do, Whisky is quite happy to tag along and sniff them.


The yellow ones are proving to be somewhat confusing at times, a bit like trying to tell the difference between some warblers. The first one has me stumped at the moment.





Nice, but no idea.





A yellow one I do know.



Creeping Jenny




This next one is called Goat's Beard.




It has another name .......... Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, because the flower closes up at mid day. No idea how it knows what time of day it is though.
Another very similar plant, in every way, except flower colour, is this one.




Salsify.



Even the seed head is the same.




Salsify seed head




One of the tall roadside white flowers, (and members of the carrot family), with clusters of white flower heads, (umbels), at the moment, amongst Hogweed, Rough Chervil and Wild Carrot, is this;





Hemlock


Feathery shaped leaves, and red blotches on the stalks is a good ID guide.




Two other similar 'white' flowers are these Campions.




White Campion





Bladder Campion




A pleasant smelling daisy like flower;




Feverfew





I'll finish with another that is 'flowering' at the moment.




Great Burnet





They look stunning growing in fields with the sun on them.



Sunday, 3 July 2016

Ivinghoe Beacon



Saturday was a sunny day, so we set off early to Ivinghoe Beacon.
My main aim was to see what wild flowers were there, and take some pictures.
Whisky was just pleased to be out.



We made our way from the car park, down the track, towards the chalky path that leads up to the summit.
An amazing number of wild flowers on display; some I knew, and lots I had to look up in my books when I got home. And a few more I needed help on one of the Facebook groups I'm in for wild flowers.




A mass of Orchids growing amongst Yellow Rattle.







We'll call these just 'Orchids'. I'm not sure which species, but I believe one is a Spotted Orchid.



The next one I do know




Pyramidal Orchid


A real beauty, but I was very surprised to find a white one.




First time I've seen one this colour before.




Further up the hill, we came to a mass of frothy white flowers.




I later found out it was Dropwort.





Dropwort




Lots of these,




Mignonette


and big sprays of yellow




Agrimony



Along the pathway were clumps of




Spiny Restharrow






Small Scabious


Field Scabious and a few of these bright yellow flowers glistening in the sunlight.




Perforate St. John's-wort


At the summit, were masses of Hogweed. A couple of Ravens flew overhead, a Buzzard and a Red Kite.
Butterflies flying in the sun were mostly Meadow Brown and Ringlet, and on the way down there were lots of Chimney Sweeper moths. A bugger to get pictures of though, they don't keep still for a second.





Chimney Sweeper.


Whisky was having a great time out in the sun and fresh air, and when I stopped to take pictures, he would just wait until we carried on again. Such a great boy.


We had a game of chase the stones on the way down the hill.





So happy, and loves to have fun. A real friend and companion.



Back at the car, we had some refreshments, and then made our way to Incombe Hole.


But another time for that ................. maybe.

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