Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Views of Dartmoor in Devon, UK.


This May, we stayed for a week on Ashburton near Dartmoor in the southeast of Britain. Most days, we went on different hikes over the moor. The moors look bleak in the spring without the purple blooms of heather and the winds are cold. Here are views of some of the places we visited.

We walked along the banks of the Dart River and the Teign River. The top image is a view of Fingle Bridge over the River Teign.

Bluebells in the woods by a riverbank. 


Another day, we climbed to the top of three tors: Rippon Tor, Top Tor and Pil Tor. These tors are close together so it was only a short walk.

The photo above shows the stacked rocks on top of Pil Tor.


Yellow flowers of gorse bushes on top of Pil Tor. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Spring-blooming wildflowers in the woods of southeast Britain


This month, we flew to the UK to visit our family. We went to Lower Woods, a National Forest near Warwick and Chipping Sodbury in Southeast Britain, to see the bluebells and other wildflowers.

Bluebells are a lovely sight in the woods during May. The intensely blue flowers make a carpet under the trees. It’s been many years since I last visited England at the right time to see the bluebells.

In the top image, you can see bluebells with the white patch of stitchwort in the distance.


A closer view of bluebell flowers with the white petals of  stitchwort.


We found yellow primroses and cowslips. Both of these typically English flowers are in the primula family.


Early Purple Orchid is a rarer flower with deep magenta petals. We saw several of these flowers along the paths in the woods.


Other flowers are less colorful. The image above shows the green flowers of Wood spurge.

Not illustrated - We saw many patches of ramps with white flowers. Ramps are edible plants also known as wild leeks or wild onions. We also found Cuckoo flower or Lady’s mantle, which has four pink petals.