In early June, the seed heads of cotton grass illuminate the Lake District Fells. Cotton grass is a sedge found in blanket bog, in hollows and in wet places. Tussocks of hare's-tail cotton grass are found on wet ground but common cotton grass sometimes grows in the upland tarns. In late summer and autumn the narrow leaves become wine red. Today, there were slopes of bilberry, fresh and green.
I love the flora of blanket bog and I'm attracted to hummocks of spaghnum moss to see what I can find. Cranberry will be in flower at this season. It amuses me that walkers tend to skirt around this wonderful habitat because tussocky ground is uneven and often conceals bog. Had I been alone my images would have been very different.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)