the Tamar valley just below Gunnislake, looking towards Drakewalls and St Ann's Chapel, on the old railway line from Devon Great Consul mine to Morwellham Quay (see Tamar Valley AONB link for more information about these walks). I wonder how the rock got its name. Below is a picture of Gunnislake from the south side of the valley.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
this pretty little flower is trailing St John's wort, one of 13 different species of this perennial (hypericum) which range in size from the very small as here to the Rose of Sharon. On close up you can see the little black glands along the edge of the petal which contain various oily compounds including the compounds responsible for its antidepressant properties.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
There has been a complete absence of chaffinches in the garden this summer but suddenly they have reappeared. Where have they been? There has been a lot of concern recently (see link) about the plight of chaffinches, who are vulnerable to a protozoan infection caused by trichomonas, and we thought that maybe the local population had been infected, but it appears not, at least not completely. I suspect they find easy pickings away from garden feeders.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
It is not Autumn yet but the countryside is beginning to show signs of the end of summer. Puffballs are appearing, and goldenrod is flowering in fields of scabious. And our martins have still not fledged ...they are cutting it very fine if they are going to build up enough fat reserves to fly to Africa.
Saturday, 4 September 2010
a couple of images from the studio of a local artist, Mel Guy (see link for more), which magically capture in pewter the rhythm and laminar flow of the Tamar, plus one photographic image of the water which illustrates the visual synergy of metal and water to be found in her work.
Her studio was open as part of an event arranged by Drawn to the Valley, a group of local artists, and part of the ever flourishing artistic scene in the SouthWest. Martin Clark is another member of this group, who lives in Stoke Climsland and paints many local scenes. Aren't we lucky.