Two weeks on Windermere. It could be a lot worse. Windermere is the venue of the Expedition Canoeing Skills Course, which Ray Goodwin and I run every summer. This year we ran two of these courses back-to-back. Over the weekend in between the two courses was when we had our mini-adventure on the River Greta.
Spending two weeks based in the same spot outdoors is always interesting. Well it is for me. It is if you are interested in nature. In two weeks you really spot the changes which occur. Plants coming into flower. Flowers going to seed. Berries ripening. So on and so forth.
What you also notice, going back to the same spot from one year to the next, is how variable nature’s cycles are. Some years we will be running a programme in an area and it will be the peak time for a particular flower, berry, insect hatching or bird migration, for example. Another year, they will be much less prominent in the same week. Some years see early flowerings. Other years see poor crops or nuts or berries. Every year is different. There can be significant fluctuations between populations of species from one year to another, for both plants and animals.
So, like previous Wild Wanderings blogs, this is a snapshot, the capturing of a period of time during one year. The photos here were taken 11-13 July 2016.
Windermere Waterside – More Than Meadowsweet
Moving back away from the water displayed a good range species, all clustered close together on rich soil.
Common Meadow Cohorts
The grassy areas nearby displayed many of the usual suspects, which are common and widespread.
On or near the track leading down to the site were some regulars commonly seen on country walks. Burdock in particular likes hard-packed ground.
High Summer, Yet Preparing For Autumn
These photos were taken within weeks of the summer solstice yet there were clear signs of the seasons yet to come. Hazelnuts and acorns are already present at this time of year…
A Fine Camp
Where we base ourselves for our the Expedition Canoeing Skills Course is a lovely spot, with lots of natural diversity, which we certainly started to feel part of. In the second week the mute swans became very accepting of us, even allowing their cygnets to come quite close to our camp (you can see a guyline from one of our group tarps in the edge of the photo below).
If you’d like to see what else we got up to while in Cumbria, check out the video blogs below:
If you’d like to know, the photos above were taken with the small yet powerful Leica D-Lux (Typ 109), the same camera which I used for the aurora timelapse you can see here. It has a micro four-thirds sensor and shoots RAW. The compressed images above don’t do it full justice. You can also see a larger, higher resolution version of the cover image here.
What Are These Wild Wandering Blogs Anyway?
Wild Wanderings is a series of photoblogs of elements of nature which, having caught my eye while out and about, I want to share with you, the reader. These observations are typically related to tree and plant identification, animal tracks and sign and other aspects of natural history which pertain to bushcraft and survival skills.
These blogs do not usually contain much written explanation other than concise photo captions. This is intentional, as writing long descriptions, including background facts or a large amount of context, whether it be historical or contemporary, slows down the sharing of these images with you.