Saturday, 6 June 2009

Hogs and Herons

Beginning to tower above the other plants of the hedgerows and paths are the familiar Hogweeds (Heracleum sphondylium). Members of the carrot family they are described as being Umbelliferous, due to their umbrella shaped flower heads.

The unequal flower petals are larger around the edges of the flower heads and held up to 6ft high. Supporting it's height by means of hollow stems (hollow being far stronger than solid ones) akin to bamboo canes.

Speaking of 'tall' things, we had a lovely view of a Grey Heron the other day, wading around in the lake known locally as the 'Beauty Spot'.

The water surface was so still, the reflections were wonderful. Despite standing a full 3ft tall, these graceful birds only weigh about 4lbs, testament to how evolution has developed a light-weight frame, necessary for flight.
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