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Blue Flowers

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt: Flowers: Blue or Purple.

I thought of two blue flowers that I find visually interesting, Borage and Chicory.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Borage flower and buds

A Borage flower in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s. Photographed with a 300mm telephoto lens to isolate the flower and buds from the surrounding plants.

Portrait of a Chicory flower.

A Chicory flower on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last September. Photographed with a fast portrait lens to help isolate the flower from the surrounding plants.

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Cotoneaster berries

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is Cotoneaster horizontalis growing in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

The plant is native to western China but it is a popular garden plant in the U.K. where it has become naturalised and may be becoming invasive. The berries are popular with various bird species in the winter.

Cotoneaster horizontalis
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Travel Tuesday

South Cheshire Pipe Band

Travel Tuesday this week is a follow-up to last week which featured the South Cheshire Pipe Band drummer.

This is the band performing on The Square in the town of Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England during a Medieval Fair.

Travel Tuesday: South Cheshire Pipe Band
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Pipe Band Drummer

Travel Tuesday is traveling back to the town of Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

There was a Medieval Fair on the town square although there wasn’t much sign of anything medieval. The South Cheshire Pipe Band were performing on a section of the square.

Travel Tuesday: Pipe Band Drummer
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Virginia Spiderwort

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday post is a Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) flower after rain.

The plant is native to eastern North America but widely grown in cottage gardens. This specimen was photographed in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. 

 

Flora and Fauna Friday: Virginia Spiderwort

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Travel Tuesday

Nantwich town square

My Travel Tuesday blog post this week is traveling back to the market town of Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

This is part of the town square and some of the buildings surrounding it. Known locally as The Square it’s the center of the oldest part of the town. The town has one of the highest concentrations of listed buildings in England with lots of good examples of Tudor and Georgian architecture.

A fire in December of 1583 destroyed most of the town to the east of the River Weaver which runs through the town.

 

Travel Tuesday: Nantwich town square

 

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Borage flower and buds

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a Borage (Borago officinalis) flower and buds. An alternative common English name is Starflower.

A popular cottage garden plant it is now being grown commercially to produce Borage Seed Oil. This specimen was photographed in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

 

Flora and Fauna Friday: Borage flower and buds