Sunday, June 06, 2010

Yesterday's Wanderings

A few pictures from a walk around my local area yesterday, carrying nothing but my Canon 40D and a Tamron 90mm macro lens.
One of the commonest plants growing in the sandy soils bordering my local beach is the Burnet Rose. The typical plants have whitish-yellow flowers:

However, there is a large clump with these pinkish flowers, which is apparantly a rare variant:

This flower had attracted this green beetle (if anyone knows the species, please let me know):

Ox-eye Daisies were growing by the beach:

This tallish plant was growing en masse in the dunes at the top of the beach. (Is it Mouse-ear Hawkweed?):

Here's a close-up of one of the flower heads:

I walked up into Clyne Gardens, where these Orange Hawkweeds were growing in the wildflower meadow with their commoner cousins:

There was still plenty of Germander Speedwell in flower in the grassland:

This exotic primula:

had flowers quite similar to the native Red Campion:

Also growing in the wildflower area were these orchids (anyone know the species?):

No, not Niagara Falls, but part of a small waterfall that flows from a pond into a stream which runs through Clyne Gardens:

The brilliant blue of this iris caught my eye:

As did the striking colour combination of yellow primulas and blue irises:

I thought a 'Monet' treatment might suit the subject:

Back to the dunes, where I saw this broomrape species growing:

As I walked back through the suburban streets, I noticed the naturalised Red Valerian decorating the garden walls:

To end on a romantic note (!), this single red rose was drawing attention to itself in the Botanic Gardens of Singleton Park:


  1. Jeremy I think the Orchids may be Common Spotted - but i'm not 100% on that :-)

  2. Thanks, Warren. I thought it might be, but wasn't sure. I don't suppose you know what the yellow Dandelion-like flowers are? Or what species the Broomrape is?! (I'm not too hot on flower (or bird) I.D.!)

  3. Great pictures!! Congratulations!!

    Frank, Barcelona

  4. What a nice walk you had, and beautiful pictures.

  5. The waterfall is picturesque and the flowers are just lovely. Thanks for posting this delightful assortment in nature.

  6. Just like to say I enjoy reading your blog and the photographs are first class. The green beetle is a female Oedemera nobilis.
    All the best David

  7. Hi David,
    Thanks for the beetle I.D. Enjoyed your website, and will check back again. I see you go to Kidwelly Quay; have you ever seen a Barn Owl there?

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