|Blackthorn - Prunus spinosa|
It’s not just that the skies are solid and dark - but it now rains almost every day too and my camera objects to water. It’s raining hard as I write. Sometimes, it reduces to a drizzle and sometimes it stops for a few minutes - then it starts again. Even in those few moments, there are spits in the air.
Blackthorn is more noticeable
when it comes into flower.
After that, it seems to vanish until its fruits appear (sloes).
I think it is specially beautiful before anything happens.
|Gorse - Ulex europaeus|
Underfoot, the earth has gone mushy and some plants seem to be dissolving. Hedgerows appear to be faring better than gardens and there is, in both, a greening. I was planning to put some examples here - of the lichen which was yellow but which now isn’t and a little plantain seedling (Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort) not an exotic tree like Musa balbisiana, with fruits that look like bananas. Despite the daily rise in temperature and the almost constant rain, we haven't (yet) gone tropical!).
|Alexanders - Smyrnium olusatrum|
But, when I included photos with too much green in, they looked out of place. It's as if there are parallel worlds - one (at foot level) where plants continue to grow and another where everything is apparently static - still in waiting. In my last post, I looked mostly down, where the growth is. In this, I'm risking turning the lens up (quick up, quick down before the view goes fuzzy and the rain leaks in) where branches and dead leaves, shrivelled fruits and desiccated plants make wonderful silhouettes against the annoying and constant grey.
|I'm pretty certain this is|
Chicory - Chicorium intybus.
Winter has given it a soggybrown texture and mush
where its seeds were.
For the bushes, trees and last season's plants are still worth looking at. Detail is gone - but their silhouettes are specially lovely. I’m putting a few here. There are more to come for they are so delicate, so lovely, bombarding you with a hedgerow full in one go would be too rich a feast.
A post for Skywatch.