Swanky Swallows


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On Saturday morning I went on an early morning bird song walk around the village and our woodland. It was so wonderful to learn so much about birds’ songs, how to identify birds by their songs and how they communicate to each other, it was fascinating and inspired me to write this poem.
My nature walks will never be the same again! I wish I had a fabulous long lens for my camera but then I couln’t realistically take my dogs on the walks and the dogs and I always walk together. Enjoy and have a lovely day. 🙂

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Secret Scabious


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Field Scabious,

Secretively peeping

From the fringes of

A shady lane,

Where weeping reeds

And sweeping leaves

Shelter them from

Melting in the

Sweltering summer sunshine.

Cees fun foto challenge:contrasting colours-hedgerow berries


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I almost fell into the hedge when taking this shot, but I couldn’t resist the temptation. Beautiful glossy red berries, probably deadly to birds because they are always left dangling, withering away eventually, quite sad really. However they make a photographer’s day! Enjoy!

Midnight glazed pearls


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Unfurling mysteries
From midnight glazed pearls:
The fae girls’ glistening
Whirling eyes.

Autumn is such a magical time anyway, however this autumn feels really special with its abundant gifts of beautiful fruits, bursting with healing energy. In every hedgerow and dangling from many trees are so many fruits, berries and nuts; we’re spoilt for choice. My husband made many jars of Damson jam to see us through the winter and spring.

Foxglove Finials

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Foxglove Finials

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Foxglove finials,
Intoxicating,
Scintillating.
Turrets towering
Over Cowparsley
Handkerchiefs.
Campion lamps
Shine over
Fae folk feet.

Foxgloves are also called ‘Fairy petticoats’ and ‘Fairy thimbles’. There are three symbolic meanings of this beautiful wild flower: insincerity, youth and a wish. I see them everywhere on my walks decorating the borders along fields. Often as I get closer, a baby rabbit peeps its head out and leaps about amongst the grasses and flowers.

Irresistible rosehips


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Irresistible rosehips,
Rambling rubies
Dandily dangling;
Draped amongst
Hedgerow brambles.
Oozing goodness,
Rich luscious syrup.
Brightening
Frosty mornings,
When leaves
Have finally
Fallen.

Rowdy Rowan


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Rowdy Rowan,
Romping rich,
Lip red bunches;
Tempting pickings,
Brazenly dangling,
Robins’ deliriously
Pecking
Nature’s
Autumnal luncheon.

Rowan berries are loved by birds, particularly robins, however they are toxic to humans and dogs I believe when eaten raw. However, when cooked they are delicious in a jelly.

Weaving wisely


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Weaving wisely
Through
Leafy shade;
Parchment,
Pastel petals
Seductively surround
Sugar sweet
Lemon stamens,
Like a watery sun
In a marshmallow
Cloudy sky.

Symbiotic summer


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Shades of green
Like shimmering silk
Butterflies flirt,
Dandelion clocks burst.
Honey bees thirst
For heaven’s blossom.
Hedgerows protect
Plump, ripening
Pastures.
Can you hear
The symbiosis of
Nature’s symphony?