Whilst the last few weeks seem to have passed by in a blurr of assignments, lectures, meetings and uni projects, seizing the odd hour or two to savour the fresh Cornish air has rewarded with a multitude of sights and sounds.
Spring has been creeping ever close as daylength stretches longer by the day; a plethora of wild flowers tentatively unveil their delicate shoots and petals in a burst of colour; dawn rings melodic with the sound of a multitude of songbirds, from the repetitive song thrushes through to the mechanical drumming of great spotted woodpeckers.
The air really is full of hope and restlessness for the turn of a season – spring is certainly here in the south-west, even if Storm Doris and countless low pressure systems have other ideas on their mind.
Whilst I’d like to detail the coming of spring in a detailed blog post, I am at present rather stretched for time and so I thought I would let the images to the work. Here is a selection taken over the last week or so – I hope you enjoy
The actinomorphically symmetric flowers of Snowdrops and Herb Robert – amongst a growing number of emerging wild flowers brightening up the forest floor and roadside verges
The delicate, drooping clusters of Snowdrops have been sprouting up recently, particularly in and around campus. These ‘milk flowers’ (from their latin Galanthus binomial) are interspersed with the contrasting yellows and pinks of Primroses and Cyclamens
Scarlet Elfcups (Sarcoscypha coccinea) are particularly vivid in their abundance at the moment. Being a saprobic fungus, this attractive species can be found fruiting on decaying wood and branches on the damp forest floor
Chiffchaffs are singing, the first Sand Martins and Wheatears have already hit the south coast, the dawn chorus grows ever stronger, and many species have already set about the task of constructing this year’s arboreal nests. Spring is certainly an exciting time of year – I can’t wait for my first Swallow!
I’ll try not to leave it another three weeks until the next post! Thanks for reading