Yew berries just beginning to ripen

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

At first the kernels of the berries are green and the outer covers are a paler green, and cover less than half the kernel. To me, they look more like miniature acorns at this stage.

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

As the berry ripens, the kernel swells. The covering layer begins to redden and to advance down the kernel.

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

Riper = yet redder cover with yet more complete coverage.

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

Varying degrees of ripeness in berries which are almost touching. Perhaps it was the time of day I was there, but there seemed to be a direct effect that the berries in the sunniest spots had come furthest along.

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

These pictures all taken within a few minutes, of berries on the same yew tree in West Park.

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

Yew berries just beginning to ripen

Hat tip: Jefny.

Dawn over West Park boating lake

Dawn over West Park boating lake

I went to try to get a picture of the heron which seems to spend some nights on one or other of the islands in the West Park lake. The bird heard an early morning jogger, and flew away, so I took this view of the gentle light of dawn as a consolation prize.

Thistle seeds in a mass

Thistle seeds

The seeds from this thistle were detaching from the plant, but still forming a tangled mass which was catching other detritus. The whole plant, which was on the bank of the river Anker in Tamworth, is pictured below.

Thistle seeds

Bunter sandstone cliff, Quatford

Bunter sandstone cliff, Quatford

A section of sandstone cliff opposite Quatford church, showing the layering this rock is prone to particularly clearly. A closer view also shows the rock is covered in graffiti – another result of its softness.

Waterlily flowers

Waterlily flower

This pink blossom was in the pool in Hickman Park. The same flower features in both pictures.

Waterlily flower

Waterlily flower

The white flowers were on the pool which is near the footpath/cycle route connecting Fallings Park with the city centre.

Waterlily flower

Heron walking away

Heron walking away

This young heron was fishing by the Staffs & Worcs canal near the racecourse. When it saw me, it started to retreat by walking down the towpath instead of flying away.

Heron walking away

Heron walking away