Forget taxonomy and a naming of parts. Let’s look and be curious. Let’s look into things. Today’s the day. The sun sheds light on flowers and suddenly it’s all happening. I’ve watched the flower-stem of an Ox-eye daisy shoot up from amongst the forget-me-nots, the flower-bud swelling. And this morning the flower opens fresh and new. The great things about a local patch is the overnight surprises that nature springs. I suppose keen gardeners are seeing this all the time. It’s a kind of stewardship in the wild. Keeping an eye on things.
The sun worked wonders. This tway-blade looks good enough for Nature’s sculpture gallery- in the way light flows into it and brings out the beauty of its structure.
On Scout Scar and Helsington Barrows there are various kinds of hawksbit, hawksbeard, hawkweed and dandelions . Today, they were coming into flower in soft lemon yellows and deeper colour. The essence of the morning was sunlight and the way it engaged with flowers, creating shadows to highlight what the flower is about- and it’s reproduction. The flower seeks pollinators and that’s writ large in my images.
Hoary rockrose, Helianthemum nummularium, opens up its flowers only when the sun shines brightly. The cliff-face is radiant with hoary rockrose and it only grows on the escarpment or very close. So to get a good photograph you need good weather and flowers within reach.The greyish ( hoary) leaf gives the rockrose its name. The helianthemum Latin element reminds you you're lucky to see the flower opening to the sun. It grows in profusion on the cliff-face. Hoary rockrose is a small flower which I've been photographing for years.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)