Friday, July 17, 2009

Heron on the Avon

Walking along the banks of the River Avon in Bath you nearly always have a moment of visual excitement. Today- a damp, grey morning- I set out with Rosie, my brother's aged Jack Russell, along the river path. Suddenly, through the trees I spotted a Heron ( a Grey Heron) sitting on a branch keeping a look-out for fish. Although they nest in trees, usually when you see them by the Avon they are lurking on the banks, close to the water, so it was good to get such a clear, close view of it. Unfortunately, I only had a low resolution camera with me. When I tried to creep closer to the Heron, Rosie followed suit and I was afraid she would try to get down the steep, muddy bank into the river... and I have long-ago decided if she did I, as a weak swimmer, would not risk my life in the river currents by plunging in after her- much as I love her!

The Grey Herons- Ardea Cinerea- are part of the Ardeidae family, which includes the wonderful Egrets. Although Herons are common in the UK, I am always excited to see them and have always loved them. Apart from their exotic elegance, they are so unexpectedly LARGE compared to our other birds, and seem enormous when they spread out their wings to fly away...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Convolvulus: Bindweed

I have a love-hate relationship with Bindweed: love, because it is such a stunning, pure white trumpet and hate (though that is too strong a word- I could never actually hate it) because I have spent so many hours in the different gardens of my life struggling to dig out its never-ending tangles of creamy roots to prevent the other plants being strangled...

I have clear memories of a spectacular bank of starry bindweed flowers at the foot of the Malvern Hills. When I lived there, each year it was an excitement to see this.

Regarded as a "weed", Bindweed may be regarded as the poor relation of the popular, wonderful blue Morning Glory. Both are members of the Convolvulus family- that is made up of 250 species- but Bindweed is no less beautiful.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Victoria Park, Bath 3

And now some more barks in Victoria Park- Conifers and Horse Chestnuts...

Victoria Park, Bath 2

And here are some more trees on my route to the hospital. This time, trees with lustrous bark- the first two images are of a Cherry tree followed by Silver Birches bordering the Golf Course opposite the park, with their amazing Native American/graphic-like markings:

Victoria Park, Bath 1

As I have said before, for the last few weeks I have been in Bath for the last few weeks due to family illness. This has caused me to negecy my blog although I have still being taking endless photos as I go backwards and forwards to the hospital, alongside and through Victoria Park.

My first post will be of Beech trees: