Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 21, 2008

A walk in the woods

Living close to the edge of a large Forestry Commission conifer forest and the North York Moors creates a mixed environment.

At first, trees abound, with familiar plants.

As the path goes upwards (300 m up!), the plants begin to change and foxgloves appear, first singly and then in a carpet.

And cuckoo spit nestles in the long grass. The spittle bugs therein haven’t hatched yet.

Finally, the top of the woods and onto the Moors, where there are plenty of sheep who stand sedately, whilst swallows practice their twists and turns above them.

The Swallows (Hirundo rustica) are a delight, and I love both their flight and their ecstatic call.

There’s plenty of Cow Parsley on the way back down from the Moor through the woods .

I always wait in anticipation of meeting their distant giant cousin, Heracleum mantegazzianum, which once seen isn’t forgotten easily!

The woods surround all but at the end, a treat with a wild rose bush.

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet ….

Indeed. A pity you can’t blog smells, for this was overwhelming.


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