Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Viva i Azzuri!

With any luck that translates as "Long live the Blues." A bit of disambiguation is needed since:

The first species to get a guernsey is Eryngium ovinum or Blue Devil.  This is regarded as a good indicator of native grassland although it looks like a thistle to the unwary.

They are beginning to appear in many areas of our property which I am taking as a good sign.  Other members of the genus are used as garden plants; have medicinal applications and may be eaten!

The commonest blue flowers around at the moment are members of the genus Wahlenbergia.  Proving that the early explorers didn't get off their horses to look at plants, they are known as bluebells. When viewed at anything less than telescope distance the only thing they share with Hyacinthoides non-scripta is a colour.

They are rather spiffy when seen as a swathe 
and even spiffier when looked at closely.
Getting closer than most people, even these days, would - and the early explorers certainly didn't have macro-zoom cameras to record things one finds that insects like exploring the depths of the flowers for nectar.
 After waiting a short while this bee (I think) emerged.
Having moved into insects, here is a blue damselfly perched on a reed in a nearby dam.

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