Such is life. Such is seizing the moment. It's often quite random the one you are free to seize.
And I didn't really chose this road either. It was where I happened to be when I looked to see what there was. In a way, the less promising the start, the more satisfying the conclusion.
|Some kind of Sow Thistle?|
People interested in sport and spectacle may remember that the sailing events for the 'London' Olympics of 2012 took place in Dorset and were based at the National Sailing Academy on Portland which had been developed with just that in mind.
|I don't know what this plant is.|
You can guess its size by comparing it with the bricks of the pavement and the small stone.
(Well, not so new now - which shows how starkly maintained it is.)
|It was tempting to brighten this picture to show the red pods more clearly.|
But a grey day is a grey day.
There used to be huge oil tanks along this edge of Portland. They were dug up, knocked over, bashed out of the way and the ground levelled for the kinds of industries which take place in 'units'.
Some have plantings of grasses and other tough plants. I'm not sure if these clumps are truly wild or escapees.
The plant on the right) is Knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare agg.). It was growing along the ground, away from the long blue fence, then standing upright. The segments of its stem looked as if they'd been plugged together in a row. It has pretty little pink flowers which are even less visible than the plant was when I started along the road.
(The clumps of something green along the building opposite are intentional plantings.)
It's not a flowery road. It's not a very flowery time of year. But here's another sow thistle; this time taller - with a yellow flower and white and fluffy wind-powered seeds and brightly coloured leaves.
And more flowers still?
Yes. By the last lampost before the road curves right . . .
The world seems full of different kinds of daisy-like flowers. I don't yet know what this is. Do you? (Take a look at its feathery leaves.)
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From the long view - not much in the way of wild flowers.
Close to . . . ? Of course - they are always there!
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