Brilliant sunshine, lovely woods and open valleys.
With the Thames to our left
By the remains of brick buildings. All that’s left are a piles of bricks, a few tie bars and a mangle.(and snowdrops and daffodils).
A pond/puddle nearby
A large herd of deer
View of Skirmett
with an interesting chinmney
This weeks flora:
Yew Tree (Taxus baccata) Male flowers, or cones. Trees are male or female. The pollen will be shed in April.
Hazel again. The male flowers are on yellow catkins that hang down ready to release pollen onto the wind. There may be over 200 unisexual male flowers on a single catkin.
The female flowers resemble a bud, with crimson stigmas that protrude when they are ready to receive pollen. The flower buds are located on the branch above the catkin, to avoid self-pollination. [thanks]
Each bud has several flowers. Each flower has 4 stigmas to collect pollen. If fertilised, each flower will produce one nut, known as a cob.
More in the gallery: including some “bark art” and a feather.
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2 replies on “Photos from walk on Thursday 2nd March from Hambleden to Luxters Vineyard & Skirmett”
Really good photography and explanation. Thank you David
Another good set. You should probably include more mangles where possible.