Blue Monday: Canal-Side Blues and May Wildflowers

Figurehead for a Blue Barge

Blue Monday: Canal-Side Blues and May Wildflowers

Another set of blue-themed images from alongside The Basingstoke Canal. Hope you enjoy seeing them, as much as I did finding them! The two wildflower garden images are especially for Jude for her May Garden Photography Challenge: Wildflowers

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor
Smiling Sally

18 comments on “Blue Monday: Canal-Side Blues and May Wildflowers

    • Thanks Jude πŸ™‚ I love our waterways!! We’re so lucky to have such a great range of rivers and canals. I am so jealous of the lucky people who have gardens backing onto the canal!! They’re all the big posh houses in Woodham that cost silly amounts of money though. I will say that the majority of people who live in them really make the most of having the canal there as a resource with fabulous gardens, moorings, boathouses and even one awesome treehouse! I really love the wildflower garden that has been created just at the end of one of them πŸ™‚ It’s quintessentially English in every way and such a delight to gaze upon!

    • Thanks Ardys πŸ™‚ That’s the robin! The original I should say as the American Robin is actually a type of thrush. The robin is practically our national bird πŸ˜€ I have a great affection for them and photograph them often wherever I go. This one is the male of a pair that are nesting in the garden just beyond the barge. He does a lot of posturing, marking the area as his territory and I just HAD to get him perched on the barge, it was priceless!

  1. I almost wrote ‘Robin’ but I wasn’t 100% certain. They look so different to what Americans call a Robin. Actually, I like the looks of your Robin much more. I didn’t know the American one is a Thrush, though. Good job with the photos!

    • Haha, yes completely different but the early colonists to the Americas saw this bird coming in in flocks during the winter and were reminded of our little robin red-breast. The name stuck! The original robin is so different in size and temperament. They’re loved by everyone here though as they’re such great characters πŸ™‚

      • And as you know, fields of wildflowers are still a reality in Texas. From what I’ve read, they used to be much more abundant; development has taken and continues to take its toll here too.

      • Development and intensive farming 😦 Projects have started up with some farmers leaving borders of grasses and wildflowers to grow around their crops but it’s not being taken up by enough yet. Farmers often used to let a field lay fallow for a few years and they’d be covered in wildflowers but with modern farming techniques there’s often no longer a need for fallow fields.

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