Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Late Summer, Corstorphine Hill



Today has been a perfect late summer day, blue skies with a slight mist, lovely and warm. We walked around Corstorphine Hill, in the west of Edinburgh. There are some wonderful fungi around just now including several bracket fungi on the dead tree shown in the first photo. Rosebay Willowherb is a common plant, but it looks wonderful at this time of the year with its pink flowers and equally pink seed pods (see second photo). Gorse seed pods were popping in the heat and grasshoppers were rasping. House martins were flying around at the top of the hill, wonderfully aerobatic birds. We also saw a couple of spotted flycatchers, there one minute, gone the next as they flew after the late summer insects.

6 comments:

polona said...

the countryside looks beautirul.

odessa said...

beautiful meadow! i can't decide if i want to sit and have a quiet moment or burst into my own rendition of "the hills are alive with the sound of music" twirling and swirling with the flowers. either way, i would love to be there!

Catherine said...

The names of wild flowers can be fascinating - "rosebay willowherb" is wonderful, I think it has supplanted my previous favourite "purple loosestrife" (which sadly is a noxious weed here)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Polona - it is!

Odessa - we usually sit for a quiet moment but singing is good too

Catherine, oh I love flower names too, my favourite is vipers bugloss, beautiful flower it is too!

Selma said...

It is just lovely. No wonder you remain so inspired.

K.C. Woolf said...

There's so much beauty all around I can't imagine ever running out of inspiration.

Lovely photos, thank you!