Sunday 1 May 2022

Dalkeith Country Park

Yesterday morning it was lovely and sunny, so Crafty Green Boyfriend and I went to Dalkeith Country Park for a walk, primarily to enjoy the bluebells. We timed it well, as not only were the bluebells almost at their best, but it started raining just after we stopped walking. 

At this time of year the country park is full of wild garlic and bluebells in bloom

The woods are bright with other flowers too, including violets

wood anemones 

and greater stitchwort (which look in these photos more similar to the wood anemones than they really are!)

The park managers have at last restricted access to part of the ancient oak woodland to allow for natural regeneration of these magnificent trees, which is a great thing, but also slightly annoying because the first we knew of this was finding ourselves at this gate

so we had to retrace our steps and find an accessible route round the oaks, which was well worth it of course, as they are magnificent trees 

We have, on previous spring visits here, noted that we don't hear many birds singing, but yesterday they were in great voice, with chiffchaffs, blackcaps and willow warblers singing alongside chaffinches, robins, wrens and others.

There weren't very many insects around though. We only saw a couple of speckled wood butterflies, compared to the several, we've seen on past Spring visits

 There were, however, good numbers of solitary mining bees, it was interesting to watch this bee wandering around until it entered a hole 

We were also delighted to find this 14 spot ladybird, the first one either of us have ever seen. What a lovely little ladybird! Crafty Green Boyfriend's thumb in the photo gives some idea of the scale of this insect.


I've had a few pieces published recently, you can read them by following the links below

Signs of Spring on The Plum Tree Tavern site. 
and a handful of Petites (i.e. unfinished pieces) on the Roi Faineant Press site. (You may need to scroll down, mine are in Serving 12).


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You two had great Karma on this walk -- no rain, bluebells at their peak beauty and all of the other lovely wildflowers (and the garlic -- I love that aroma and the wild blooms are unexpectedly pretty!). Congratulations on being published.

martine said...

Loved the haiku. Had a lovely visit this week to the new RHS garden at Bridgewater, it is still a work in progress so looking forward to watching it develop. Had a small blueish butterfly in the garden a few days ago that was a delight as they never find us as I have a little island amongst the concrete.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful park, a lovely spot for a walk. I love the wildflowers and pretty butterfly.
Take care, enjoy your new week ahead.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Martine, thanks for commenting, it's always lovely to see butterflies, and blue ones don't seem to turn up so often as many othre species. I still can't comment on your blog. I enjoyed your recent book reviews.

Lowcarb team member said...

That looks a lovely Country Park to visit, I did enjoy your photographs.

All the best Jan