Monday, 23 November 2015

A Gulp of Cormorants

There are quite often a few cormorants sitting on the rocks opposite Lower largo Pier, but yesterday there were a lot more than usual. I looked up the collective noun for cormorants and found two - a flight (but these weren't in flight) and a gulp which I rather liked..
Some of the cormorants were in the water suddenly diving out of sight.
At the other end of the rocky outcrop one cormorant spreading its wings also some gulls and oystercatchers.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Remembrance Day

At the end of August this year, poppies at the edge of a field of potatoes in Lower Largo.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Sharing a Rock

Last week on one day there were two seals sharing this low level rock just off Lundin Links; the next day there were five. They were balancing on the rock, in typical banana shape pose. First time that I've seen them at this spot; more usually on the rocks opposite the first fairway of Lundin Golf Course, but these were on the rocks opposite the swings on the Massney Braes.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Season of Mists.....

The last few days a  misty shroud has fallen over Largo producing some atmospheric views. Down at the pier can just see the viaduct and out to sea just unremitting greyness.
In the Serpentine Walk the path disappears into the mist.

 Largo Law with its misty cap on.
Spooky trees.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Ferns on Old Castle Walls

Some ferns find old and crumbling castle walls an excellent habitat. I think that the above fern is the common polypody (Polypodium vulgare)
Common Polypody (on the right) together with maidenhair spleenwort.
Maidenhair spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes) growing in the cracks along the wall. The walls also provide an excellent habitat for mosses and lichens.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Part of a Roman Tombstone

Still at Brougham Castle in the ceiling in one of the many passages part of a Roman tombstone had been incorporated into the original building.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Brougham Castle

While on holiday visited Brougham Castle a medieval building near Penrith built on the site of a former Roman fort known as Brocavum.  The castle was founded by  Robert de Vieuxpont in the early 13th century. It's in a beautiful setting close to the River Eamont and on a clear day the views are amazing.
 The approach to the castle
Ruined castle walls
The splendid view from the castle.
 The bridge over the River Eamont, a tributary of the Eden.

The confluence of the rivers Eamont and Lowther.