Monkey Magic

Friday, 7th October 2005

Monkey flowercanal

I don't know if it is a result of all the activity over the last couple of days, but I'm feeling dizzy this morning. I take a walk to Ossett following the towpath to the Figure of Three locks where I turn north alongside a bend in the River Calder to cross the river at Healey Mills.

I'm surprised to see monkey flower, Mimulus, in the small stream that flows down from the Runtlings. The colony fills the stream for several yards and it seems to be taking over from the watercress that has always grown there.

redwingsLater, as we're driving up the hill towards Netherton, a flock of redwings, 40 or 50 of them, crosses the sky in front of us. They're stubby looking birds, something like starlings, but they've got a more purposeful flight than starlings which often seem to wisp about in a fluid manner. Redwings are winter migrants here, it's good to see them returning.

tomato, John Welding

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Tomato, John Welding