Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Wye at Builth

Just west of Builth Wells the Wye passes through the rather picturesque Pen-ddol Rocks which my Geological Map suggests are glacial deposits (?) - but there are Dolerite formations nearby (in Radnorshire).

It's a popular fishing location apparently and certainly worth exploration botanically in the spring. I did note a Red Oak among the plantations of Larch nearby (leaves I know only too well from clearing my father's garden of them in Oxford).

Friday, December 07, 2012

... and more...

My first sighting of this little alien was on a "quick walk up Pen y Fan":
New Zealand Willowherb
Epilobium brunnescens
Probably spread by walkers' boots I suspect.

And this isn't that uncommon but a recording scramble at Craig y Rhiwarth this year provided the perfect opportunity for a photograph that shows all (?) the Orchid flower "bits".
Broad-leaved Helleborine
Epipactis helleborine

And the local speciality - visible from our window in theory - if you had a good enough telescope...
Meadow Saffron
or Naked ladies
Colchicum autumnale