We arrived back from York late in the afternoon, but the sun was still shining, so I was quickly out again to take advantage of that fact.
This was one of my little annual pilgrimages – this time to see the Green Hellebores which grow around the margins of the Caravan Park.
The plants look to be in rude health, but at first I couldn’t find any flowers and wondered if I’d left it too late. This is any early flowering plant – apparently in the south of England it can sometimes be found in bloom as early as New Year’s Day.
Fortunately, I hadn’t missed it entirely.
The flowers are unusual rather than spectacular, but I’m always pleased to see them.
Goldfinches seem to be almost ubiquitous these days. I thought I could see a pair hopping about near the top of the walls of the tower.
The camera’s zoom helped to confirm my suspicions.
Silverdale Moss from Arnside Tower.
Honesty on The Row.
I continued around the bottom edge of Middlebarrow wood to the quarry and then home via Waterslack and The Row. This hedgerow had an impressive display of Honesty. A splendid ginger bee (some sort of Carder Bee perhaps?) led me a merry dance amongst the flowers. It’s colour was perfect against the purple of the Honesty, but every time I took a photo, it moved, so that I have photos without a bee, or at best a blurred bee.