Posted by: mynaturaldiary | April 5, 2017

Hanami at Highcliff Nab

Hanami (花見) is the tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of the cherry blossom flowers on the tree.

A trick of perspective allows the pink and white blooms on the trees to be seen against the seeming impermanence of distant Highcliff Nab.

The blooms are wonderful to see in bright light.

A walk to the top of the Moor shows that the leaves on the trees in the forest are growing once again.

At the top of the path, a Wren sings, making a very loud noise for the size of the bird.

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

and Highcliff Nab stands out well.

A Meadow Pipit rests at the edge of the wood.

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

On the Moor, Sleddale stands out; a oasis of green in a sea of dormant heather.

The heather provides food and shelter to Red Grouse.

The birds fly when approached, using out their distinctive chiding call.

Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

On the descent back down, the rock face of Highcliff Nab can be seen, together with some daffodils nestling away.

A Peacock butterfly rests on the ground.

Peacock (Aglais io)

At the bottom of the woods, a Song Thrush sings out.

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Let’s leave this day of sunlight and bloom with a few more shots of blossom.

And a special shot of agelessness and modernity, a transient moment.

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