Friday, 14 October 2011

Bog Asphodel in autumn

A trip up into the West Mainland Hills walking along the Harray and Rendall border. The autumn colours of the hill; the palest by far are the bleached leaves and dry flowers of Bog Asphodel, known as Pulderuck in

Pulderuck's view of Ward Hill and the Cuilags on Hoy

It's worth remembering them from our all too short summer.

This is part of the carpet of Bog Asphodels that sweeps down into Spretta Meadow just south of Yesnaby. The picture below illustrates the whole sweep. 

The leaves and stems are bleached in autumn. By late December they rise white as bones above the moor.