|Roamin' in the gloamin? |
© Angela Morrell
Not the best day for a trip but seven hardy LymNats joined Angela on a trip to Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight. It was windy and drizzling, and a thick mist descended as we reached Battery Point so the Needles and the Tennyson Memorial were invisible.
However it soon cleared and we found a good selection of wild flowers of chalk grassland; including three species of gentian - Autumn Gentian (Felwort), Common Centaury, and Yellow-wort and a host of other plants including Clustered Bellflower, Harebell, Lady’s Bedstraw, Field Scabious, Yellow Toadflax, Yarrow, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Teasel, Salad Burnet, Tormentil, Wild Privet, Bell Heather, Old Man's Beard, Black (Common) Knapweed, Stinking Iris and Wild Thyme.
© Sandra Peel
We even saw a Magellanic Penguin (!) at Yarmouth but I don't think it was a real one! The steamship Waverley chugged past on her tour of Britain as we left and the sun came out when we got back to Lymington. We'd had a good day in spite of the weather. (AM)
|Our penguin on the harbour |
wall at Yarmouth! © Richard Coomber