This time last year I took lots of pictures of Porthcawl on the Glamorgan coast, one of my favourite places, but somehow I never got around to “processing” the photographs and blogging about them. Now I have put together many Porthcawl pictures into a gallery or two, but I decided to pick out in particular the images of lichen and rock on the pier. (more…)
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Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.
It’s a mixed picture in Cardiff – most trees are at peak summer green-ness and starting to look scruffy, some with disease, others because the leaves have been ripped to shreds by rain and brisk winds.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some more northern trees followed by our friends in Scandinavia are only just flowering.
But here many trees, both native and exotic, are at the fruit/nut/seed stage. (more…)
For a few months now I have been working three days a week in an unprepossessing low-rise office on a small industrial estate in Newport, South East Wales, about 10 miles down the road from Cardiff.
I don’t go out much, as the weather has been wet and there isn’t a lot to see apart from corner shops, but the other day I found myself wandering around the car park in the sunshine, while on my mobile phone to someone. And I suddenly realised that the scruffy edges of the car park are full of wonderful wild flowers. (more…)
As I expected, the pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, has now lost its fresh spring green colours and the leaves are dark and leathery. But the transformation has happened in just a fortnight, between my two visits this month.
Now that the tree has settled down for the “boring bit” of the year (in my humble opinion), I also looked under and around the tree to see what I could find.