Friday, 29 April 2016

Flowers in the Ditch

The drainage ditch that runs through the cemetery seems to replicate the habitat of a damp woodland dell, and thus always seems to attract great carpets of flowers as mid-spring progresses.

Today, even on a wild and mainly dull day, it deserved a little photographic record. I know these flowers may be familiar to you, but this is probably the site at its peak.

In addition, elsewhere graves are sprouting buttercups, and a huge floppy triffid flower has appeared for the first time ever. If anyone knows what it is, let me know. The flower was larger than a saucer.

I kept walking round, until I reached the Blue Lake where I set my camera on multishot and tried to capture the swallows that were skimming the water with such powerful elegance. No chance of getting any decent shots at all - we will see when I process them - but merely to watch them was an experience. There was one male who's tale streamers seemed to go on forever, helping him make effortless sharp turns a millimetre above the water.

I've also been trying to take some really nice shots to see if I can get in the Nottingham culture magazine "Left Lion" - doubt I'll make it but I'll try. Grebe on the nest, or bluebells and graves? I will have to see.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 29.04.16


  1. Beautiful shots here Simon, love that last flower you discovered too - I've not seen one like that before either! - Tasha

  2. Wonderful flowers! I love spring and how nature suddenly goes from 0 to 100 and flowers appear everywhere. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. A really beautiful array, Si. Re: the Left Lion, the grebe on the nest is pretty special and worth sending in, I reckon. Good luck!

  4. Beautiful, my favourite time of the year with all the spring flowers.

  5. Thank you all, been busy "playing" cricket, so still no had a chance to see what I've got.

  6. What a wonderful carpet of flowers in your photo's ...

    All the best Jan

  7. Lovely to see such a great variety of Spring flowers looking so colourful. My favourite time of year :)

  8. lovely flowers, don't know what the triffid is though