Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay at low tide.
Morecambe Bay at low tide.
The parasitic Autumn Lady’s-Tresses Autumn Lady’s-Tresses - flower spike.
Autumn Lady’s-Tresses the last of our native Orchids to flower in early September. In common with many other Orchids it actually survives underground as a parasite on various types of fungi. After approximately 8 years the flower spikes appear with flowering taking place every 3 years. This year we were fortunate to find at least 700 flower spikes in the grass at Jack Scout, Silverdale.
Eyebright Devil’s Bit Scabious
Eyebright – another plant typical of limestone grassland. Supposedly a few drops from this will make your eyes sparkle. Not to be advised though because its also poisonous. Devil’s Bit Scabious – once considered a cure for blindness with a high price to pay. More info…
Organic mowing machine - 1 cow power. Banish those fleas.
Surprising to see this chap grazing the grassland. Fortunately he prefers the longer grass to the short grass on the sea-facing rocky outcrops. Fleabane. So called because if the dried stems are collected and burnt they supposedly help drive fleas away. Hmmm… not to be tried at home!
Walkers being guided across the bay by the Royally appointed Queen’s Guide to the Sands. Taken from the same viewpoint as the first photo in the blog but with a 420mm lens (x8 magnification).

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