While the rest of the country is covered in snow, the flat Fylde coast escapes.
It’s a weird sensation walking on frozen, slippery sand. Jack Frost has sprinkled glitter in the dips and furrows left behind by the sea. Salty puddles are iced over. It must have been a cold night.
Sunlight creates shadowy patterns, and I think of hot waffles with maple syrup and salted caramel ice cream.
The mountains of North Wales and the Lake District are snow-capped. There’s an icing-sugar dusting of snow over the Bowland Fells and across the Ribble towards Winter Hill. Breathtakingly beautiful.
Snow-capped Welsh Mountains
And what have we got? Just a glorious, sunny day and spectacular views.
St Annes Beach Huts
Admiring the ducks and their ducklings I saw what I thought was unmentionable floating in the ornamental lake at St Annes. Yuk! But hang on, it was moving pretty swiftly for a number two.
Taking a swim
It’s the first brown rat I’ve seen taking a leisurely daytime swim. He dived underwater, popped up, clambered onto the rocks, kindly posed for a pic, then off he swam!
Taking a breather
Back for another swim
These little guys get a lot of bad press, reviled for their association with disease. In reality, they do their bit for mankind thriving on refuse and discarded food. Living off the wastefulness of modern society.
Happy to have seen a Rattus norvegicus, couldn’t help but sing “Hanging Around” on the way home. Now where is that Strangler’s album?
Cool wind blowing, but nice enough for a walk along the beach by Fairhaven Lake.
Reed buntings in full song; wheatears flitting in and out of the dunes; lots of unidentifiable little brown speckly birds, egrets, herons, swifts and swallows. Hopeless snapshots though, as all potential subjects move too fast!
Colourful plant life in the dunes becomes the snapshot project of the day. Plants don’t move about quite as quickly as bird life, unless there’s a vigorous sea breeze blowing.
I know this one – Thrift
It’s amazing how many tiny plants thrive in the nooks and crannies of the concrete sea defences. But, for me, like those brown speckly birds, wildflowers are impossible to identify, even with the help of my Collins Complete British Wildlife Photoguide. Navelwort, Biting Stonecrop, Common Bird’s-Foot-Trefoil, Mouse-Ear Hawkweed – a flower-fest of wonderful names.
Common Bird’s Foot Trefoil
It’s all guesswork – Rose Root?
Could this be Mouse-Ear Hawkweed?
Whatever they are, they look lovely!