Sunday, 26 May 2013

Bright

Amazingly, this morning dawned bright and sunny again, so despite the ill-mannered cyclists who think it's their inalienable right to force everyone else off the footpaths, we set out for a walk along the Nutbrook canal to Straw's Bridge.  The Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are still looking cheerful and are now starting to set seed, their delightful 'clocks' looking like tiny fireworks exploding along the pathways.
Returning via Peewit Carr, we were pleased to see the Bluebells still flowering under the Willows.  These particular Bluebells are all rather different to the usual Hyacinthoides non-scripta, we are used to seeing.  I wonder why all the Bluebells in these parts are white...!
Among the many flowers which are enjoying the all-too-rare sunshine, are the Buttercups.  The grasslands are full of two main species, the Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) and Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris).
Both have those gloriously glowing, golden yellow flowers, but the Creeping Buttercups, as the name implies, creep along the ground at just a few inches tall, while the Meadow variety, stand tall and proud above the rest.  What a wonderful, bright display they make.
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