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A short walk at Earlsferry

What a fabulous winter’s day, all cloudless blue sky and frost. I went down to Earlsferry and walked along the beach.

At the far end, there seems to have been quite an erosion of sand.

I went looking for the Sea Kale, Crambe maritima, and couldn’t find it. Washed away? Or underground for winter? I found a dead seed stalk and an ambiguous kind of green spike which just might be a sign that it’s still there.

Not much else to blog about. No flowers. Some good shiny leaves of scurvy grass. Some moss growing at the top of the beach.

The rock columns showed up well in the low sunlight.


Three sea shore finds

Yesterday, out doing a general list with the plant ladies at Kilminning, I found a stiff little fern growing in a crevice in the rock. Margaret named it – Sea spleenwort, Asplenium marinum.
sea spleenwort
I also found a tall sedge, which we think is False Fox Sedge, Carex otrubae. Growing in a pool of scummy water behind the rocks at the shore.
false fox sedge
I don’t know one sedge from another, so maybe this is a good place to start. But what are “shiny utricles”?

Such a lovely day to be out – sea sparkling, and we saw a hummingbird hawk-moth.

I’m also going to include a picture from a few weeks ago, when I was out with the wild flower group at Earlsferry. At the end of the beach was this huge plant of Sea kale, Crambe maritima, with its strange bladder-like fruits.
sea kale