The cool, rainy weather persists. Yesterday’s temperature did not climb above 16C, and the other morning, when the night was clear for a few hours before sunrise, it froze.
Despite the rain, the river has not come up a lot this year. Before the flood of 2010, there was a channel on the left of the picture. The flood carved a new, much deeper route for the river, and the left-hand bars are now growing over. Stitchwort twinkled among the rocks.
(the rows are wiggly as I planted them with crutches – literally: I scraped the trough with the crutch and then tried to put in seeds. It is the first time I have had a garden at Ginty Creek – there was not time to prepare more: this is by way of an experiment.)
..and he built a much-neede compost bin.
He also helped me hang a couple of doors. I made the original ones and they warped so badly I got a neighbour to make these. They are gorgeous.
This orb-web spider was unusual – most of the webs were made by other species, like the one in the background, and were a lot more messy. (Apparently you can induce this among orb-web spiders by giving them LSD….)
But the sun came out and off I went for a hike. I went further than I have or a long time and climbed up onto the north dunes. It was so great getting to a good viewpoint at last although the high summer sun is not great for photography.
I am always amazed at this species of horsetail. Most need damp or wet areas, but this one thrives on the dunes. Horsetails are the surviving relatives of forest-sized plants that eventually made coal. They grew when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. They have this curious jointed structure. You can easily pull the segments apart.
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