Tuesday 30 August 2011


It seems a long while since I took my camera into the Park. So although it was a very grey day, with rain threatening, I set off.

The first thing that caught my eye was the gnarled roots of the beech tree, and how the wet weather had made them really stand out. I was pleased to see that the grass was beginning to come through where they had squirted weed killer around the roots a month or so back. No, don't ask me why!

The early light through the willows and the reflections looked so calm and peaceful.

The two swans are still here, I am pleased to say but I couldn't persuade them to get into a more photogenic pose!

This Thing, for want of a better word, suddenly appeared by the skate park. No one knows what it is for. Those can't be seats, they are at an angle of 45 degrees. hardly a comfortable sitting position!

To my mind the red and yellow colour scheme this year looks a bit garish. It was quite nice before the salvias came out as there were some very dark reddish nicotinias, but they have finished now.

A small bed of antirrhinums are lovely - they are one of my favourite flowers.....

.......particularly the pure white ones against the very dark red.

Back just before it started raining, I love the way the water drops stay on the alchemilla leaves.

And my Echinaceas are doing well now I have managed to keep the slugs away in the Spring!

Its the last day of August today, should be Summer. But its cold and wet and feels more like October or even November! Don't know where our summer went!


Sue said...

I think it is a seat - but a mean one for young people to prevent them getting too comfy.

KathyA said...

I've enjoyed your photos! No, I'm not sure what that thing in the park is, either.

And 'snaps' are one of my favorites, too!

kenju said...

Beautiful photos, Gilly. We call them snapdragons, here (antirrhinums).

Hollace said...

Your header photo of red lily is brilliant! The roots look like gnarled chickens' feet. I do enjoy taking walks in your park with you.

Diane said...

It certainly was more like late Autumn than summer yesterday - I even thought about putting the heating on! The planting is very "parks and gardens" but very cheerfull looking. xxxx

VioletSky said...

Your tax pounds at work, eh?! That is a strange looking Thing.
...and thanks kenju - never heard of antirrhinums before!