Tuesday, 16 September 2014

planet earth



 we returned to the watery edges this evening and strolled along all of them, 'discovering' another plant from the Compositae family Asteraceae: Nodding Bur-marigold or Knikkend Tandzaad

I love the seeds with the tiny hooks, like tiny brushes; all of the official looking illustrations & text come from this site, a great source of botanical information for one such as me; I've added the link onto my blogroll for I'm sure I will want to use it more often in the future.






 some of the watery 'arms' have been temporarily blocked from the vliet; I'm not sure why, a colleague suggested it might have been created as a safe-haven for the amphibians, a green blanket has grown on the surface. At first I found it quite off-putting, but then I saw Django tasting it and I scooped up a bit: it's almost felt like; I' ve taken this small sample back home with me and will let it dry and see what happens once it has: will it fall apart? still be soft? I can imagine it once having been used as cushion filling or a soft comforter







 the 'witte wieven' accompany us on our way home




7 comments:

deemallon said...

the flowers are lovely -- I enjoyed the contrast between the bold, graphic renditions and the textured, subtle photos of yours...

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

hurray for the power of the wild flower;-)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

you should hear me, reading those words in a different language..you would
LAUGH...it's quite Grand, the sound of
me

and what IS that stuff on the water??????
i want to know

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

ha ha Grace, I imagine it's a bit like me reading Finnish; I have tried to find information on the internet about the green stuff, it would seem to be algae; the kind that thrives on fertilizer (which makes sense as the field will be oozing it after years of having been fertilized) so the green blanket may in fact be smothering all life beneath it.....will have to go and find a real person who can explain this to me!

Mo Crow said...

those green blankets on ponds & slow moving waterways are often a form of algae bloom, it's part of the natural tendency for any man made waterway or dam is try to become land again.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

thanks Mo! so does that mean it's not suffocating life in the water?

Mo Crow said...

we;ll it's changing... different plants thrive in a bog to those that thrive in a pond or a free flowing waterway, a good rain and cooler temperatures will clear it for now, global warming is changing what grows where...