Saturday, June 21, 2008

A top-notch ditch

I like standing on the bridge that crosses this ditch. It's a low-cost destination -- walk or cycle, and there you are. Tree and Violet-green Swallows skim the water and shoot past your head. Ducks dabble, and the block of wood just floats, bearing silent witness. The left bank is the dyke, holding back the ocean. Much of the red stuff growing on it is Sheep Sorrel, Rumex acetocella, I think. It's a European native, long established here.

Nicely spaced along the inshore bank are clumps of another Rumex, R. occidentalis, western dock. It's a perennial from a stout taproot, mostly unnoticed except at this time of year when its colour catches the eye.


Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Very nice ditch

Nancy J. Bond said...

This is a beautiful little waterway. And I must say I'm enjoying your blog very much -- it's always nice to see what's in bloom on the opposite coast. :)

Hugh said...

I agree, Aunt Debbi.

Nancy,thanks and same here. It's interesting to see what blooms where and when. Southern BC is about a month ahead of much of temperate North America, which is strange in a way because it has been the coldest, gloomiest year in history. While other places fry, we cower beneath a cold grey sky.

Lovely pictures on your blog!