Monday, 8 June 2009

Dappled Summer Light

speedwell, wild carrot and fallen elm fruits by the Water of Leith

It was a lovely day today to patrol the river, wildlife highlights include: a song thrush smashing a snail on a stone; two treecreeepers; a chaffinch wrestling with a large caterpillar and a wonderful chorus of blackcaps in the trees above my head. I also saw a lovely black and white moth, but the photos are too terrible to share....
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One of the best things about this voluntary post is the chance I get of seeing the Water of Leith on a regular basis and watching (and listening to!) how it changes with the seasons. The wild garlic has finished flowering now and everywhere is covered in buttercups. Carol over at From the Fieldbook was also recently talking about how she enjoys keeping up with seasonal changes, here.
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I cut back some overgrown vegetation today and collected a large bag full of rubbish, though it was pleasing to see that there weren't the blackspots of rubbish there had been last week.

9 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

I too love the changing of the landscape - here in the Dales it often changes by the minute and never seems to be the same twice.
And, as you say, one flower finishes and another takes its place - it is certainly buttercup week here at present. Today I saw my first wild rose - maybe my favourite of all. Shall post it on my blog tomorrow.

Michelle Johnson said...

Hello Crafty~ I find myself anxious to open my google reader just to see what you've posted next. I love dropping by to see how the season's change through your eyes. Your posts are so calming and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a great day.

Susan Tuttle said...

we have buttercups here now too:) -- don't you just love fields filled with them?!

en-JOY:)

Janice Thomson said...

What a lovely spot in your photo Juliet. So wonderful to note the changes in each season.

Deb G said...

Sounds like a beautiful day.

It's funny how buttercups are beautiful when they are wildflowers, but when they are taking over the garden, they are a weed.... :)

Lucy said...

they never cease to surprise, do they? Whenever I feel sad that what I think of as the best of the season is passing, something comes up I'd forgotten about. And it's not too late to make elderflower cordial, or rose petal jam...

Mistlethrush said...

Thanks for the link. How long have you committed to your stretch of river for?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Weaver - I enjoyed your wild roses!
Michelle - oh thank you, that's very nice of you to say...
Susan - yes, fields of buttercups are lovely...and Deb - yes they can be an annoying and persistant weed,
Janice - thanks
Lucy - yes there's always the next lovely thing
Mistlethrush - I'll be patrolling the river for as long as I have the time to do so, for at least a year, hopefully for a lot longer...

Deb said...

Seeing a place over time is a wonderful thing. And it sounds like a beautiful place.