Mainly about the wild flowers of Fife

Birds and flowers and waves and sunlight

Yesterday it poured and poured with rain and felt truly Novemberish. Today was a different world altogether, unbroken sunshine. I decided a beach walk would be best, as everywhere else is so wet.

Down at Lower Largo the sea was sparkling, the beach was pretty empty and there were sanderlings.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. On the way along the railway track, there were loads of flowers to look at, including Greater Knapweed – not just one lonely flower, either.

There was also Fairy Flax, growing tall by scrambling through the grass clump.

And one remaining Meadow Cranesbill flower.

On the beach, piles of shells.

I walked along to Ruddons Point, enjoying the empty beach and watching the sun blow spray off to tops of the waves.
Some magic moments.

I found more of these weird “jelly ears” – think they’re called Sea squirts but haven’t found out anything much about them.

There’s always so much to see. I loved this lacy razor shell.

At the saltmarsh, I picked up about 50 cotton bud sticks. Now wondering what to do with them. On Ruddon’s Point, the tank traps haven’t fallen yet.

I had a look at the mosses on the traps and also on the hillock – will have to go back. Today wasn’t a moss day.

There were two chaffinches and two pipits (I think) sunbathing on the footbridge, so nice to see. Got a picture of one of them.

Coming back, saw what looks like the beginning of a fightback for the eroding dunes – beginning to stabilise at the base?

Finally, this little Aster caught my eye, but I didn’t look properly – now not sure whether Sea Aster or Michaelmas Daisy, and can’t tell from the photo.

Just have to go back…

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