-Summer races away and change comes so swiftly. There’s a yellow motif to the Scout Scar flora with lady’s bedstraw and hawkbit, hawkweed and cat’s-ear – a glory of flowers on the limestone escarpment. Seed-heads are beautiful too. Down below, at Bradleyfield Farm, the flock is making a din as lambs and ewes are parted from each other. The farmhouse is surrounded with a cacophony of sound. Blackthorn is thick with green sloes which should bode well for the damson crop in the Lyth Valley. On hot July mornings the swifts screech about the house, volleys of them. Soon they will be gone. With flowers the same, their time is brief.
Left to right: sloes on blackthorn, carline thistle, flower and seed heads of hawkbit, flora overlooking Scout Scar escarpment, betony
Taking photographs, I might go for the detail of a single flower, or the effect of a mass of flowers on the limestone. Today, the light isn't right to catch the full magic of massed flowers with the Lake District Fells in the distance.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)