Sunday, June 12, 2011


Some photographs of Weardale, taken on the walk down from the top of Middlehope Burn into Westgate this morning (they all look better if you double-click on the images to enlange them).

Up on the fellside the hawthorns are still in flower, long after those down in the valley bottom have shed their petals.

The hay meadows in Weardale are just approaching their peak flowering period.

Haymeadows: buttercups (yellow);cow parsley and pignut (white); sorrel (russet-brown)

The high pastures on the far side of the valley - the olive green patches are rushes (Juncus spp.) which thrive in poorly drained pastures. These rather dull plants have the the most beatiful internal structure, which you'll see it you click here.


  1. The topmost picture is so breathtakingly beautiful. The bare hills remind me of Cherrapunjee in India.

  2. Lovely photos of the haymeadows.

  3. That tree's in a very windy spot lotusleaf, growing into its own wind-shadow - any day now the wind will strip away the last of the flower petals.

  4. They're just coming up to peak flowering time swanscot - wonderful as long as you don't suffer from hay fever!