Not the most beautiful of plants but fascinating and something of a UK rarity.
Daylily anthers with some back light. I photograph these every year, they are a fascinating subject full of possibilities.
Brogenslade is a frost pocket, the cold rolls off the surrounding hillsides and chills the valley. June frosts are not unusual and the Bracken often gets ‘cut’. This young frond was tucked in under the canopy of some thorn and apple trees and chanced it’s luck before the plants in the open dared peek through.
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How delightful it would be, I thought, to have close by one’s dwelling a little bit of the field, the lane, or the wood; to extemporise a little forest dell, or dingle, by one’s very door; to see, in one’s garden, the flora of riverside or brookside; to bring, in short, within the region of the town a fragment of ‘the country’ – the real ‘country’- a reality so dear, so prized, so loved and longed for, in these days of hard toil, exhausting brain-work, and never ceasing worry!
Francis George Heath from the 1800’s
Not smoke but water vapour evaporating from a mossy tree trunk on a cold frosty morning. The volume of water vapour was considerable, it was billowing from this sunlit Oak tree, I must have seen it just as the bright morning sun fell upon the soggy wet mosses and rapidly warmed them driving off the ‘steam’. This little phenomenon, was like so many natural treats only visible with backlight.