Autumn Acorn

This acorn is growing on Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur). Acorns are rich in nutrients, and not only do mighty oak trees grow from acorns, but so do the various birds, mammals, insects and other animals which rely on them throughout the season.

An Opening

White Water-lily (Nymphaea alba) – Nymphaea is Latin, which comes from a Greek term possibly referring to nymph or nymph-like, of a mythological supernatural spirit of nature, often described as a beautiful maiden associated with water, which would be very befitting for this delicate aquatic plant.

Rasberry

Rubus idaeus – This image just goes to show how you can pass by so much without really noticing things. I discovered Rasberry today, growing wild off a narrow dirt pathway leading but a short few steps to the river. It was almost hidden by brambles and nettles, and shaded under willow, but here we have… Read More Rasberry

Musk Mallow

Malva moschata – We have had some unusally high winds for this time of the year recently, so bad that when I spotted this in a local field I couldn’t photograph it until today. Double-click images for a closer look.

Poppy Love

Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) – Kind of like the old Donny Osmond hit back in the early 70’s (for those of us who can remember – or even want to remember) but poppies and not puppies. I love these – poppies – and as soon as I see that bright scarlet red out amidst the… Read More Poppy Love

Cat’s-ear

Hypochaeris radicata – I guess you was expecting a cat’s ear? Sorry to disappoint … but we have a beautful bright yellow wild flower native to Britain but considered a noxious weed in some areas, especially if it has invaded your quarters. If you wish to learn more about this sunshiny flower and see more… Read More Cat’s-ear

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare – Strolling along the riverbank you can’t help but notice the beautiful display this daisy gives. Fairly tall and standing above most of the crowd, the large yellow and white flowerheads were alive with bees and beetles, all enjoying the rich nectar bounty on offer. Double-click on images to enlarge. © Peter Hillman… Read More Oxeye Daisy

Bluebell Wood

There is a narrow and winding dirt path which leads through the lower part of the woods. At this time of the year there is enchantment in the form of a lush carpet of bluebells. © Peter Hillman ♦ 23rd April 2020 ♦ Local woods, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Cuckooflower

Cardamine pratensis – Also called Lady’s-smock. When I first eyed this lovely flower on my allowed ‘once a day’ excercise walk, it took my breath clean away, I was so bedazzled by its beauty. This is a sure sign that spring has arrived. x2 photographs. Double click images to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 10th… Read More Cuckooflower

Hare’s-foot Clover

Trifolium arvense – This has to be one of my favouries of the clovers. They are so fine and delicate, especially if the light catches the fluffed up flowers just right. Double-click for a closer look. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 16th July 2019Place: Local field, Staffordshire

Thistle

Not much to say really … apart from these lovely pink thistles were growing all over the local fields at the time and they really caught my eye. I hope they catch yours, too. I thought they might make a change from all the moths … Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 7th July… Read More Thistle

White Campion

Silene latifolia – This is one of my favourite wild flowers, and it is always a pleasure to see on my walks. According to fossil records it was introduced to Britain during the Bronze Age. It flowers between May and October across much of Britain, except the far north and west. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera… Read More White Campion

Pretty In Pink

When I first spied these little beauties along the seafront, especially as they appeared to glisten in the freshly fallen rain, I thought oh yes, wow! How lovely! The small brightly pink flowers kind of jump out at you. The plant is called Common Restharrow (Ononis repens). Exmouth, Devon. August 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Delicate

It is always a joy to see the Dog Rose Rosa canina on my walks through the local woods. It is a sign that summer is not too far away. Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.