Saturday, 15 October 2011

Union Canal, Ratho


We had a lovely walk along the Union Canal in Ratho today. The elderberries were at their best:


as were these puffball fungi

There were lots of snails with different patterned shells, here's just one example, nicely contrasting with the lichen on the wall:








and we met these entertaining and friendly Aylesbury ducks and their friend (who looked like a mallard/Aylesbury cross)









You can see more photos of this stretch of the canal in this post.


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16 comments:

nmj said...

That is a pretty snail shell! Still, I confess that I generally see snails as wee hooligans who eat my plants but I loved 'The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating' by Elizabeth Tova Bailey - have you read it? The author had severe ME and a friend gave her a snail as a companion and she became fascinated by its life cycle. It's a beautiful book, the illness is in the background, it's all about the snail. I'd recommend!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Nasim - no I've not read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, though I have heard about it before... Snails are wee hooligans but they are often so pretty and they're good food for song thrushes

bunnits said...

What a wonderful place. Delightful photos. Love the "ducks in a row" shot.

martine said...

Love the cute picture of the ducks on the towpath:-)
thanks for sharing
martine

Carver said...

That is a delightful place to walk. I enjoyed your shots.

K.C. Woolf said...

I love elderberries! I've been so busy lately I haven't even picked any this year. Thanks for reminding me; I'm going for a good, long walk tomorrow. :-)

Phoenix C. said...

That looks like a great walk! I love the colours on the snail. There are loads of elderberries here too, and all kinds of other berries in abundance.

Magyar said...

Ahhh, a grand stroll Juliet, and your photos tell of that walk.

__There is always one in any flock that is notoriously out of step; in this 'marching five,' the middle duck commands the eye! ;-)
_m

gabriellebryden said...

Really love the photo of the ducks all lined up :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

bunnits, martine, gabrielle - and they were hilarious to watch as they marched around and swam back and forth...

Deb G said...

I'm so glad you share your walks...makes the world smaller.

Selma said...

Awww. The ducks are so cute in a row like that. How adorable!

sowmya said...

admirable! post:)

sowmya said...

admirable! post:)

Celeste said...

Love, love, love the five ducks in a row, how perfect :)

Johnny Nutcase said...

fun photos! i love those puffballs- always fun :)