Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Rosebay view


This is the glorious view from in front of Dick Hudson's pub (see yesterday).  As you can imagine, it can get pretty windy up here, but the evening I went it was beautiful: warm, sunny, calm and clear.  Just the place for clearing one's head!  You can't pick it out on the photo but I could see the Emley Moor TV mast, which must be 20 miles away.  (Mind you, that is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK and will still be so when the Shard in London is finished next year, though that will be the tallest building.)  Funny how it almost looks like flat scenery.  In fact beyond the line of trees the land dips steeply down into the Aire valley and then eventually rises again to the hills in the far distance.

The purple flowers in the foreground are rosebay willowherb  or fireweed (epilobium augustifolium - don't you just love those Latin names?), which I think is rather a cheerful plant, though its parachute seeds spread easily and it's considered an invasive pest by gardeners.

11 comments:

  1. A glorious summer scene, perfectly composed.

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  2. Its a pretty pest and a beautiful view.

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  3. It is beautiful, Jenny. But, a trip to the pub is just what you need to clear your head? It doesn't work that way for most . . . (I know; you didn't go in.)

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  4. Some of my favorite plants are considered invasive. That is a lovely view!

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  5. What a view from that pub. Gorgeous!

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  6. Now it LOOKS like the perfect place to have that ale!

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  7. The purple flowers looks so lovely under that sunny blue sky. We call this flower fireweed because it's among the first vegetation to grow after a fire. And it's the official flower of Canada's Yukon Territory.

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  8. EG Wow - That's interesting, I didn't know that.

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  9. Found you by way of EG Wow and Alphabe-Thursday.

    There is a special place in my wildflower heart for fireweed. When traveling through the Yukon and Alaska, we have discovered entire mountainsides covered in a glow of pink...just breathtaking!

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  10. So gorgeous -- and the name rosebay willowherb is most romantic!

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  11. Those purple spikes look very much like our lythrum here, also very invasive. ~Lili

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