Flora, Berries and Seeds on a Nature Walk

A few days ago Meg posted a memoir of some the amazing walks she has taken so far in her lifetime. She talks of walking on Broken Hill, even the name evokes wonder, casuarinas looking south to Gulaga and a father emu with his nine babies. When she wrote of ‘heathland flowering up to our neck’, I compared the abundance of flora and fauna with here in England.

Then yesterday I went for a short dog walk beside the river and canal, and observing my surroundings I became aware of just how much there was to see. exe1

Lots of seed heads, Queen Anne’s Lace I believe.


More seeds and grasses.


Flowers galore!
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and some early blackberries.
This wasn’t a planned photo walk so I only had my silly i phone, but these were all taken in less than a mile, without searching very hard. Sometimes the unexpected brings the most pleasure.

I’ve decided to call this a nature walk and link to Jo’s Monday Walk. The Exeter canal runs parallel to the river Exe for around six miles. The canal is great for walking, or cycling, as long as unlike me, you can stay upright on a bike, and there are several watering holes along the way. I hope it fits Jo!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Cheri Lucas Rowlands at the Daily Post says,

‘ For this week’s photo challenge, show us abandoned. You can go literal, as I have, and share a photo of ruins, a desolate place, or your idea of a wasteland. Or you can interpret it in other ways, from images of overlooked things to forgotten people.

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned.’

I’ve decided to show you two boats, both abandoned locally. The first is on the Exeter canal, I took the photo about two years ago but I think it’s still there. IMG_2796

This one was taken years ago from Topsham Quay looking west. IMG_2811

This old beauty is just part of Topsham now and is much photographed. What is it about a decaying boat that appeals? If it was removed now the view wouldn’t be the same at all. Just to show it’s still there, I took this one more recently. The boat is on the far right. DSC_0126

Perhaps you will show us something abandoned? if so visit http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/photo-challenge-abandoned/

Cee’s Foto Fun Challenge: Orange

Cee has gathered some interesting info about the colour orange, go here http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-orange/ to learn all and to join in. Meanwhile here are my orange efforts.

Exeter CanalThe canal in winter.

MonsteeSmile, it’s a desk pet!

Quick, someone remind me?