elder blossom

The Scent of Elder

Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Wednesday 2nd June 1999

ELDERFLOWER HEADS hang in the heavy rain. Their musky scent hangs in the air. Richard Adams called it 'the carrion scent of elder'.

grasses The grasses arch across the path and soon soak my jeans so that the water seeps down inside my wellingtons.

rain on the water Thunder rumbles in the distance, white lightning flashes from a brooding sky. Rivulets pour down the gutters, leaving swirls of debris on the road. The canal is dull, like tarnished copper, but animated by the rain.

Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; 'richard@daelnet.co.uk'

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