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Colour in the Scrapes

Thursday, June 19th 2014

A cool dull morning was followed by a warm sunny afternoon.  Both flowers and insects appreciated the change.

In the Scrapes Greater Spearwort is in flower making a beautiful splash of colour across the ponds.

Greater Spearwort

Contrasting the yellow is the white fluffy heads of Cotton Grass.

Cotton Grass

Another colour seen in the Scrapes is pink.  This is Ragged Robin, which really lives up to its name after rain.

Ragged Robin

And finally a flash of bright blue is one of the damselflies hunting for insects across the ponds.

A blue damselfly


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