The vegetation was diverse and changing. There was sphagnum moss, bilberry leaves, cow berry budding and soon to flower, and crowberry. I spied crisp green leaves fresh and unfurling amongst sphagna and ericas. Cloudberry scarcely found in Cumbria. Last year, a little later in June, I found the plant on East Baugh Fell but without flowers- only the red sepals that, for a moment, we mistook for the flower. Now I came upon a few white flower buds and I photographed a couple of open flowers which I'm saving for my book.It scarcely seemed a summer’s day. At a glance this was bleak moorland, boggy underfoot. But look at your feet, look at the hummocks of ericas and sphagna and it's full of colour and textures of lots of different flora all with the freshness of spring that comes late to the moors. And there's far more than you will discover. Fresh bilberry shoots tinged with pink, budding cow berry, wintry-looking heather, clumps of hare’s tail cotton grass with white plumes of seed heads, cotton grass in wetter places. Darnbrook Fell. Wuthering heights the lunch time wall experience: luzula and scurvy grass
To come upon cloudberry was not unexpected, but it was a delight. It's leaves are such a striking contrast to the ericas and grasses surrounding it. The image left of these three shows the green of sphagnum moss at a spring-head and a patch of rushes, luzula. I liked the sudden surprises, like the scurvy grass in flower that we walked through for a few minutes, then saw no more.