come together

ly I feel a little apprehensive using the term naturalist, however heavily I may emphasise that I am but an amateur. There's no real need to put label to it, to define a term that is so broad and to underline my interests that are forever growing and changing. I am and overwhelmingly so in… Continue reading come together

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Four stages in the sunflower fields, ten seconds manic, then calm.

On tip toes, blossoming, reaching up, stretching. Feet flexed, running, not charging. limb increasing, growing. ''growing is a pain'' in the knees, in the nodes, sore at the culms they flex we rise up acquire something... reach up, look on, look forward, let the sap rise up, open up...come on tell me something. four months… Continue reading Four stages in the sunflower fields, ten seconds manic, then calm.

wet grassland and the lowlands

Just 30cm from the water table grasses, sedges and rushes grow through rich soils. I was amazed by how the flora changed as we moved though drying soils, then again as we walked over wetter parcels. I felt a fondness to Carex Distans, in my own sensitivity more commonly known as Distant Sedge. I found… Continue reading wet grassland and the lowlands

ordnance survey maps- nr. Reculver Kent

Sunday morning I sat at the breakfast table with an ordnance survey map and pointed to a blue square on the page - 'I wonder what that looks like'.... The walk took us though agricultural fields, we jumped a fence and found the secret reservoir where a heron flew over head and reed warblers, invisible… Continue reading ordnance survey maps- nr. Reculver Kent

I’m so stoked and there’s still tomorrow.

When weekends arrive its back out in the field, with a little time for dinner and drinking coffee in country pubs combating field guides and bird call recordings- we repeat over and over. Spending 5 days out on the reserves, then another 2 in the field its hard to break away from what is my… Continue reading I’m so stoked and there’s still tomorrow.

Ophrys apifera

Went on a little weekend day excursion to photograph this beautiful orchid The Bee Orchid is quite obviously named after the insect it mimics and will attract male bees with its disguise. As the curious male bee pays his visit the disguised orchide is pollinated! A very scheming promise of love! A merit for the… Continue reading Ophrys apifera

Botany at Sandwich Bay

It was full day monitoring the flora at Sandwich Bay, the wind as ever blasted the face and unwilling turned the page of our books and recording sheets. It is a reserve renowned for an estimated 90% of the UK's Lizard Orchid Population and hosts a fascinating array of plants that are not only aesthetically… Continue reading Botany at Sandwich Bay