The Right Sort of Rain!

Thursday, December 8th 2016

It was very wet first thing and the reserve looked wet, with all the hollows filling up with water.  Risedale Beck rises quickly after rain and today was no exception.

Risedale Beck in spate

By late morning the heavy rain had ceased and we were left with drizzle.  Not sure which was the right type of rain, but water droplets formed on the vegetation.  The cups of this lichen had caught the water.

Cup lichen with water droplets

These rushes were sparkling in the afternoon sun.

Sparkling rushes

And a find, not a good photograph, as the web did not really have enough water droplets and the sun was in the wrong place, but proof that there are still some spiders around.

Spider's web

A check on the ponies showed that they were grazing quite happily 

Ponies grazing

But then they realised that I was watching them and they both looked at me, so I beat a hasty retreat!  They are bigger than me!


Thursdays are volunteer days and no matter what the weather is like they arrive ready for work.  Drains were checked, signage was cleaned, ditches were dug, Friends updated and activity sheets sorted, to name but a few jobs carried out today.  Thank you very much for all your hard work.

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