The forecast promised that the weather was going to improve. I set out on trust, although there were still a few spots of rain in the fairly strong wind.
The hay has since been cut – they were collecting it in today – but then the grasses were long and swaying in the breeze. The dominant, red-tinged grass here is, I think, Yorkshire Fog, but I’m really not sure about the patch of pale grass standing out amongst the red. Cocksfoot?
Fortunately, by the time I reached Leighton Moss, the view to the west was finally looking promising…
The reeds along the boardwalk were looking tatty and half-eaten. It didn’t take much sleuthing to discover the reason why.
Alongside the reeds, there were lots of these large Dock leaves. (We have several Docks – I have no idea which these are).
Many of them were infected with a fungus causing red blotches on the upper sides of the leaves…
And crusty white rings on the undersides…
I’ve done my lazy research, and I think that it’s a rust fungus called Puccinia Phragmitis.
Common Spotted-orchid and Quaking Grass.
I was looking for the Fly Orchid which apparently flowers here. I didn’t find it, but more of the Bee Orchids had come into flower. Also, while I was poking about, I found a narrow path which I assume is the climbers’ descent route from the top of the main crag. I’ve never been up to the top before, but the views were excellent…
Leighton Moss from Trowbarrow.
Common Spotted-orchid and Quaking Grass again.
And another (but quite different) Common Spotted-orchid.
The clouds were back.
Six for gold.
Towards the end of the walk I came across a couple of bumblebees once again apparently asleep on flowers. It was very windy and when I grabbed one of the flowers to try to hold it still for a photo the bee waved one leg in a half-hearted fashion, like a person might if you tried to rouse them from deep sleep.