Wallington NT revisited

We broke our journey home at Wallington, where it was a National Heritage Open Day. When we arrived the person checking membership cards said, “You can come again.”

I replied, “We have; we were here on Saturday!”

As the house did not open until noon we went to the wildlife hide and spent some time watching the birds.

The area around the hide was well-stocked with bird-food, attracting lots of birds. Unfortunately my phone was not ideal for this sort of photography, so I have only one picture to share. (I have also mentioned our bird-watching experience in a post on Sue’s Trifles.)

I took a few pictures in the house, which is a fascinating building containing many interesting items. The ones which caught my eye were of flowers and owls as I have friends, who are also interested in these.

We had time for another walk in the grounds after looking round the house. There is plenty to do both at Wallington and Cragside for many visits.

A gentle awakening

I have selected five photos to document nature awakening this year. All except one are of flowers. The exception is of the activity around a rookery as the birds prepared their nests. The sequence begins with the winter aconites from January.

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The challenge from the Daily post is Awakening. 

The featured photo is of a fern unfolding. This is a subject I blogged about in an earlier post.


How to be dense

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily post is Dense.

On a sunny day when the tide was out I took two photos of closely packed barnacles and limpets on a rock. I held my phone closer to the rock for one of the photos.

Earlier in the year I had noticed some birds, which were perhaps confused by the sea mist. Although it was early afternoon, they began to gather on the wires as if it were time to roost for the night. In the UK we use the word, dense, to mean not bright.

Dense mist and densely packed birds
Dense mist and densely packed birds

The birds were bird-brained. The day was dull. I can’t claim that the photographer was particularly bright either!

I have perhaps been neglecting the words on Sue’s words and pictures, but this time a few words are working hard with more than one meaning.