White flowers

Saturday, May 21st 2011

There are many white flowers showing their bright faces around the reserve.  Daisies grow preferably in the short grass. 


White May blossom, which is scented, is covering the Hawthorn trees. By autumn these trees will be heavy with red berries giving plenty of food for the birds.

Hawthorn blossom

Blackberry, Cotton Grass and Common Watercrowfoot can also be seen.  However one flower that should not be white is this white Bluebell.

White Bluebell

On an entirely different tack we had some unusual visitors to the reserve today in the form of government radio spectrum inspectors who had been alerted to Foxglove after it appeared as a red hot-spot on a satellite image taken from 800km up in space.  The problem was reported by the European Space Agency!  It appears that we have transgressed and were using a prohibited radio frequency to beam photographs of the lake back to the Field Centre.  This frequency was having a detrimental effect on the imaging the satellite was conducting on soil structures!!  We were ordered to disconnect the transmitter immediately so for the moment we have no pictures in the Centre at all until the frequency problem is resolved! A rather strange way to achieve notoriety but interesting to note that they were admiring pictures of the lake from their van parked at Scotch Corner!!

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