The grassy parts were extremely rich in wildflowers. This may have been due to a nutrient rich soil. The plants, and flowers, even seemed to survive grazing by the sheep.
I was surprised to find that the flowers were mostly the same ones I knew from home. I had expected more seaside specific plants.
Common Spotted Orchid
These orchids are common just about anywhere.
I did see a couple of flowers that were seaside specific. The first one I found was:
This flower is sometimes called Sea Pink, for rather obvious reasons.
It must be a hardy plant that can survive without many nutrients, as I typically found them growing on nearly bare rock. The flowers have five pink petals, and five stamens, ending in prominent yellow anthers.
The other flower I found was:
These are fairly common in most parts of Scotland, but not where I live. This variety seemed to be particularly suited to the rocky foreshore, in the area above the maximum tide. Even so, they must be quite salt tolerant. Most marigolds I see have five petals, these all had six. Marigolds belong to the Buttercup family.
The beach area was the location of a now long abandoned village. Several of the old cottages have been re-built as holiday homes. They are simple constructions, made from local stone. Consequently, the cottages blend with their surroundings. I think they look great.
I had intended walking further along the coast to the sandy beach, but I spent so much time investigating rock pools that I ran out of time.
I did stop at a few locations to take photos on my way home. One I couldn't resist was the wee lighthouse at An Corran, especially as it was freshly painted. Always one of my favourites, in the sunshine the lighthouse looked stunning. A fitting end to my saga.
@fitheach the scenery in your photos is all gorgeous. I’ll have to head up that way when I can. It’s funny as France is a lot closer than Scotland for me.
Funny how geography works; Norway is nearer for me than France. 😉
@fitheach just being nosey but do you work with nature in some way or do you just enjoy it a lot?
No, just a hobby. I find nature fascinating, and I enjoy photographing what I find.
@fitheach Awesome. Always enjoy your posts with photos of nature in.
@fitheach Beautiful photos. 👏 👍
@fitheach Wonderful. I used to hunt for newts as a kid.
I've always liked newts, too. They seem rarer than frogs & toads, and therefore more special.
Here (Galiza) it's also called "Herba de Namorar" (grass to fall in love?) and "Empreñadeira" (to get pregnant?). All both make reference to the "magic" properties this flower/plant has. It's part of the ancient culture, legends and traditions.
You can read more on wikipedia (galician version of the article) https://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herba_de_namorar#Etnograf%C3%ADa about how this traditions coluded with christianity's morale
Few days ago I also make some pictures https://pixelfed.social/p/xosem/171840266968371200
That meah guys are missing...
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