Thursday, 2 January 2014

Glorious Gorse


Gorse is known for flowering all year round. I took this photo from Arthur's Seat yesterday.

Arthur's Seat is most of the year a peaceful place, ideal for enjoying the open air and dramatic scenery, and with excellent opportunities for seeing birds and mammals (most recently we saw a very large rabbit there!). On New Year's Day however it takes on a totally different atmosphere, as it is both a traditional setting for the residents of Edinburgh to take their first walk of the new year and also is the setting for the running and cycling legs of the Edinburgh New Year Triathlon.

11 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Beautiful gorse Juliet. There are a few flowers on ours down here, but nothing like as much blossom as this.

TexWisGirl said...

pretty yellow blooms!

Ms Sparrow said...

Wow, 124 birds in one year! Thad is impressive. Our temps are sub-zero now so I see just a small number of species around. Mostly English sparrows (also called house sparrows or common sparrows). They aren't as interesting as last winter's turkeys but I'm glad to have them anyway.

Maureen said...

Hi Juliet -and happy new year yet again. I don't believe I have ever seen gorse. From your picture, it reminds me of flowering cacti.

Dartford Warbler said...

The bright flowers of gorse never fail to cheer me up.

I wonder if your big rabbit was a dumped domestic one, or of mixed parentage? We once found a small gingery, lop eared rabbit in the Forest. She turned out to be deaf so had obviously been dumped. She was with us for years.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Weaver - this was a particularly rich patch of gorse!

ms Sparrow - Musselburgh keeps my year list high, there are so many unusual birds there!

Dartford Warbler - it might have been, though it did seem totally comfortable and at home on the hillside ...

Gillena Cox said...

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Tommaso Gervasutti said...

The Gorse they said is the Northern relative of the Italian "Ginestra", they are both venerable plants in my memory, the latter from the time when I could read only in Italian and I read Leopardi..

eileeninmd said...

The Gorse is pretty, lovely blooms! Have a happy weekend!

Rabbits' Guy said...

The Gorse of Bandon, Oregon is also beautiful .. but spikey-ouchy and everywhere!

speedyrabbit said...

fab photo,look at the sky very moody