Friday, 20 July 2018

Three Locations in May

During May there were a number of occasions when I went out walking in different locations taking some photographs along the way. I was going to pass over photos and not post them, and then decided I could group them together in one post.... with an unimaginative title!

Woodborough Park

The first location is Woodborough Park Farm where there is a pleasant walk from a car parking area towards Woodborough village. There is also a circular walk around the farm but I didn't have time to complete this. I have taken many photographs from this path over the years but this was the first visit in 2018:

Clumber Park  

The lake walk at Clumber Park is wonderful and it is a location where I would like to do more photography. On this occasion it was very bright and sunny, which was great for the walk, but not too good for the photographs:


Earlier in the month I covered this location in the post 'Spring in Farnsfield'. At the time most of the trees where still leafless but now they have filled out ready for summer. I did spot one tree still in the transitional phase and it became the focus for a couple of the shots:

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Spring on the Southwell Trail - Wildflowers (May 2018)

This selection of wildflowers from the Southwell Trail  includes some that I have struggled to identify from the photographs. For example, the yellow flowers below might be from the same species but it is hard to be certain. I really need more information e.g. the shape of the leaves. I think I can align them to the buttercup family and if really pressed I think the may be lesser spearwort, but I am not sure:

Guelder Rose

Sometimes I know I have photographed a particular flower previously but I can't remember its name. Also, annoyingly, I when I search back I find that I haven't placed a keyword or title on the image. This means starting the identification process again and, in this case, it turn out to be a guelder rose:

Ribwort Plantain

Instantly recognisable by sight but I had no idea of their name. With some research I am fairly sure they are ribwort plantain although I can't say that I have heard of plantain family previously:


Some new fern is that time of year:


I find the apiaceae or umbelliferae (carrot family) hard to identify. There are many different types  and they seem so similar. I am sticking my neck out to say that these are rough chervil:

Dog Rose

Herb Bennet

Another I am not sure about but I think they are Herb Bennet:

Hedgerow Cranesbill

I am comfortable that this is a type of geranium but I am less certain it is a Hedgerow Cranesbill:


There is lots of elderflower along the trail:

Common Vetch

Lastly a common vetch, a member of the pea family:

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Spring on the Southwell Trail - Wildflowers (May 2018)

These are a selection of wildflower photographs taken along the Southwell Trail during May. Mainly, I capture the flowers as I see them, there isn’t anything scientific about my approach, and like much of my photography it is part of an enjoyable past time activity. This extends to identifying the flowers from the photographs and, being no expert, I might get some of the identities wrong - although I try hard to avoid this.

Horse Chestnut Tree

These are the impressive flowers of the horse chestnut tree:



Hawthorn Blossom



Some of the most ordinary wildflowers, or weeds, are actually quite fascinating when they are looked at closely. The dandelion, for example, isn’t just one flower but a composite which includes many small flowers or florets. It is generally apomictic which means that seed production occurs without pollination - it only take one dandelion to create a lawn full of them each plant being genetically identical to the parent!