1st November, and the dunes are losing colour. But there was still some Common Centaury flowering.
And Evening Primrose. This time, I decided it’s Oenothera x fallax, the intermediate hybrid version. The sepals are red-striped, the style is the same length as the stamens, and it has red-based bulbous hairs on the green parts of the stem. But the book says it’s rare outside England, so I could be wrong (although it’s listed in the plants of Fife book).
The Grass of Parnassus seed heads are still standing strong, but no more flowers this year.
Up on the top path, the yellow knautia was still flowering away. How did it get here? Obviously happy growing in pure sand.
The moss on the dunes is beginning to come into its own, e.g. this beautiful moss carpet.
I had one of those moments when you just don’t recognise a view you’ve seen so many times – the trees are to blame, this line of conifers spreading down the dunes.
And of course the view to the side of the path has changed too, with conifers taken out along the forest edge.
Further along, there were some seals on a sandbank fairly near the shore.
Lots of seabirds, including the easily identifiable oystercatchers.
But also hundreds of smaller waders with some bigger ones standing like sentries along the line. Too far to identify, and they all took to the air when I got too close.
Dead-looking Prickly Saltwort, which turned out to be just as prickly as when it’s green.
The camera gave up on me at that point, but coming back the main highlight was the polytrichum commune moss which I’d been looking for. No capsules though. Think I’m too late.
The beech tree avenue was just beautiful, sweeping golden branches over the road.