Skimmia

A shrub in our garden came from a nursery. When we bought it, we were unaware that it came in two sorts – male and female! Ours is a male. It produces lots of scented, pollen-laden flowers in spring. Serendipitously our next-door neighbour has a female, which produces red berries later in the year. Either it has grown through the fence or self-seeded in our garden as we now enjoy both sorts. Many people mistake these plants for laurel, a popular hedging plant.

My photos are from the beginning and end of April, showing the changes which occur after pollination.

River Mersey and Earth Day

For the Earth photo challenge from the Daily Post I am sharing two photos of the River Mersey in south Manchester. They were taken on Palm Sunday. It was a beautiful spring morning. The river was calm like the weather. In the photo of the weir there is evidence of the height the river reached in the floods last year. The environment is affected by many forces, both natural and man-made.

Earth Day is a good time to reflect on how everyone has a responsibility to care for the environment.

Narrow gaps

This week the Photo Challenge from the Daily Post is Narrow.

Earlier this year I blogged from A to Z in April here and on Sue’s Trifles, where my post for N was N is for Narrow. I posted a photo there.

My photo here is on the same theme. The breakwaters or groynes around the British coast serve to take energy from the waves and lessen the impact on the coast during stormy weather. They help prevent the sand and pebbles being washed away. The groynes themselves take a battering and have to be repaired regularly. The storms last winter were particularly severe and the damage to groynes and at least one footbridge has not yet been repaired.

Could the person squeeze through?
Could the person squeeze through?

It is National Marine Week from 23 July to 7 August 2016, so my choice of photos fits with this theme.  The second photo is of the Beached Art event organised by the Wildlife Trusts.

Beached Art with groyne
Beached Art with groyne