Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 14, 2011

Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein

und das heißt: Erika!

This time of year, Guisborough Moor  is alive with Heather (Erika) in full bloom.

It stretches as far as the eye can see.

The Moorland sheep stand out against the vibrant colour as they seek to graze on the grass.

Even the commonplace marker stones appear to rise like islands from the purple sea.

We’ve just passed the Glorious Twelfth, but I am spared the sight of the annual cull. I prefer to shoot Red Grouse with a Canon, not a Cannon (wince!)

These birds stay low in the Heather, clucking away, until expoding upwards and away in a fast. low flight.

Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

A passing shower creates a mist, casting the land into light and  shadows.

Little wonder that England produced Constable and Turner as landscape painters.

In the woods, more purple flowers greet the visitor, including Thistles

and Foxgloves.

Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris)

Heiß von hunderttausend kleinen Bienelein wird umschwärmt Erika…

Further into the woods is a flower surrounded by insects making hay while the sun shines (finally!) this summer.

Red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva)

and

Sphecidae ?

On the edge of the woods, high in the trees are about 20 Crossbill, all feeding on the conifers.

Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

They are very noisy and gregarious!


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