Showing posts from January, 2016

Seals at Horsey

Norfolk is well known for its grey seal population. This year has seen a record number of seal pups born at Horsey, over a thousand. It is spectacular to be able to view so many at any one time. Seal pup Soon after the seal pups are born the cows are ready to be impregnated again. They become very protective of their pups and try to keep the bulls at bay. The bulls can be very aggressive and it is not unusual for them to harm or even kill a pup during mating. Affectionate male

Wild Pink Flowers

2016 - This year I am going to challenge myself to photograph and name as many wild 'pink' flowers  as I can. Red Dead-nettle (lamium purpureum) My first wild 'pink' flower of 2016, The Red Dead-nettle (lamium purpureum). It has fine hairs on its leaves which are green at the base and a purplish shade towards the top. The flowers are pink to purple. It can be found during mild winters and is a good source of nectar for bees when there is little else around. The young tops are edible and can be used in salads and stir fry. Red Dead Nettle Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Comfrey is a wonderful plant that draws minerals out the soil and into the roots and leaves making it good for livestock forage and fertilizer. It can be made into fritters to eat and is used in herbal medicines. It also attracts insects. It is a perennial that has large hairy leaves and bell shaped pink/purple flowers. It grows in damp, grassy places. Comfr