Another walk in South Norwood Country Park.

Another walk in South Norwood Country Park.

By the entrance, bloomed the blue and green Alkanet, and as we turned onto a path, there in front of us was Cow Parsley; Anthriscus sylvestris sometimes called Queen Anne’s Lace ….. anticipated fields and fields of it ….. lovely !

Having taken a few preliminary shots I promised to walk steadily up the path and take most pictures on the way back. I nearly kept to that promise. Even in the surrounding woodlands Cow Parsley reigned supreme under the trees … I looked in vain for massed bluebells … nada … but there was the bush with wild-Guelder Rose-type blossoms.

We followed the path …

fields and trees on our left …

… and on the way along we dived off along a narrow path to a lake. Yet again I wished I had remembered bird seed as the ducks and geese, with their families, swam hopefully over to greet us.

We watched for a while as another Mallard pair chased the family from their territory. The ducklings hid in the reeds and seemed to be kept there for a while. Gradually they escaped … though I counted only six and wondered if the seventh got out after we had left!

I am beginning to realise that there are wars amongst the feathered communities; territorial wars, and it strikes me as though humans are no better than birds considering that we are supposed to be educated and able to reason and share! Reminds me of a reply I made on GC to Jane re her comment ‘mankind in general ‘ … Did I ever mention the territorial antics of garden birds and ducks ….. The May blossom was beautiful.

We sat for a while with fluff floating around us. It came from an adjacent Willow tree, [Salix lasiandra, I think] that had hundreds of dripping, fluffy catkins. There was fluff piled in the grass around us too.

After having a closer look at the fluffy tree, we ambled back, espying many

Magpies, some butterflies and a ladybird and lots of Cow Parsley ….. fields of it !

Trees around the park perimeters are very colourful with young leaves and blossoms. They are also a pleasing variety of shapes and textures, and always catch the eye .

Venturing into the woods a little way we watched a pair of Magpies probably making more Magpies, and admired the little flowers dotting the undergrowth.

Then it was back towards the park exit, but checking out the other end of the pool first!

There we looked down on a goose family.

Five fluffy goslings liked hiding under overhanging leafy outcrops.

I am always struck by the exactness of each gosling to its peers: same size, same shape: same patterns and colours! Marvellous!

This stream view from the connecting bridge disappeared into the sunlight …..

….. blue sky reflected in rippling water.

Patterns above ….. patterns below ….. and a last glimpse of parsley …..

….. from a contained freedom back to another sort …..

Anne ….. May 6th, 2018



4 Responses

  1. cilla says:

    What lovely, lovely photos Anne. I just love the cow parsley too. it looks a real natural wildlife type of park, you could be in the middle of the country. it looks huge….is it? I love the photos of the magpie,especially the preening. It looks like a very therapeutic walk, thank you for sharing it. :-) :rose:

  2. gertie says:

    I wouldn’t call it huge Cilla, but it is big and wild. It is on the site of what was once a Sewage Works, closed down when the GLC closed down in the 1980s.
    I love it, as it’s the nearest, nearby thing to wild that I can walk in, plus at this time of the year, I just love the Cow Parsley :rose:

  3. Beanstew says:

    Glorious is the only word for your walk in this park, Anne. Absolutely glorious!

  4. gertie says:

    Good description Sheila… thanks, it is a glorious Park especially at Cow Parsley time :good: :rose:

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