Saturday, April 09, 2005

Bedford Purlieus NNR

Dog Violet



Dog's Mercury



It was a beautifully sunny, but very cold and windy, spring morning. I didn't fancy the washes in that kind of weather so I went to Bedford Purlieus NNR instead.

I am realising how completely ignorant I am about plants, even common species. I must do something about it...

Bedford P was in its usual brilliant state. I walked in from the west side and was immediately presented with thousands of photo-opportunities. The low sun was shining towards me through the young leaves and I can't resist all that glowing chlorophyll...

I took my scope just in case there were any digiscoping opportunities. I wouldn't want to be caught without my kit when a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker flaunts itself... Didn't need it today but I had a few close shaves with singing Chiffchaffs and Coal Tits perching in blackthorn blossom, which would have made very nice shots indeed. I watched a Red Fox watching me, though he turned tail when I put my binoculars down.

However, the most satisfying sight of the morning was on the way back into Peterborough, where I watched a stupid BMW driver get flashed by the speed camera in the 40mph zone on the A47. There are huge warning signs everywhere. Ha.

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995

1 comment:

  1. I just came in from a walk by our stream and I see the Trout Lily leaves peeking out of the ground.
    Time to dust off the camera and watch for the blooms ... This was my REAL token of "spring is here"