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Saturday, September 12th 2020

Jan Gillings, one of our supporters, was inspired to write this beautiful poem about the reserve: 

I sit,

amongst swaying reeds

breathing in the wind

rustling fills my ears

down in the beds

I sway, in time to the melody.


l sit,

hearing the cries

of buzzards overhead

learning the skies

swoops and dives

l yearn their freedom.


I sit,

holding my breath

making no sound

as a dragonfly hovers near

whirring wings assail my ears

l watch, mesmerised.


I sit,

awaiting the flash

of brilliant blue

eyes open not to miss

his catch of silvery fish

l marvel as he swallows.


I sit,

amongst trunks

of ancient trees

rugged bark with crevices deep

giant boughs envelop me

l long to climb.


I sit,

eyes on the feeders

of seeds and nuts

will he come today, hang upside down

his beak to fill?

I wait until.


I sit,

beneath lofty pines

the path scattered

with wind strewn cones

seeds for future trees

l crunch with my wheels.


I sit,

drinking in beauty

filling my senses

reining in my pain

restoring my soul

l sit, l smile.

Jan visits Foxglove Covert regularly and says she wanted to share how this wonderful place makes her feel. Andrew, her husband also has a talent for photography and took these stunning pictures. This one is of is Marsh Woundwort which comes out a little later than Hedge Woundwort.

Common Blue Damselflies are the most widely distributed and often most abundant of all the dragonflies, found in a wide range of habitats with either still or flowing water. They are usually to be found flitting over the water in the scrapes along the red route during the summer months.

Andrew managed to capture this one in flight!

Another great shot is this of a Common Darter.

He assures us that no glue was used in the making of these photographs!

Thank you to Jan and Andrew for sharing their experiences and expertise.

If you have a photograph or poem that you would like us to publish on here then please email it to foxglovelnr@btinternet.com.

(2) Comments:

Tim Randall responded on 12th Sep 2020 with...

A delightful and moving poem and impressive photographs.

Andrew Hadley responded on 13th Sep 2020 with...

A great poem well done Jan and great photos Andrew

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