A Friday Five from Trentham Gardens. We've walked there twice in the last week and I've included photos from both visits as different things are spotted each time. On both days it was calm and slightly sunny.
The second visit was a day when loads of birds were in the air. As we walked skeins of geese were flying over the lake making a cacophony of sound. Swans were taking off with a great deal of flapping and clapping of wings and cormorants were fishing and then settling on logs to open and dry their wings. So first up are -
1. Waterbirds and Waders
The black swans practising their ballet movements.
Greylag geese, always my favourites, with a coot trying to get in the photo.
Cormorants - there were loads of them up in the trees as well as on the water. There is a heron on the far bank.
A fine looking heron at the end of the lake, preening and watching the world go by.
Cygnets on the River Trent.
We also saw a Little Egret across the lake on the heronry island but it was very shy. Later, across the lake, we saw a tree with at least half a dozen of them amongst the branches.
Lots of different ones including boletus, inkcap and bracket fungus. I haven't seen any Fly Agaric this year.
The circus is in town, well in the gardens, for its 'Spooktacular' performances.
The Big Top looked cheerful in the morning sunshine.
Not sure what their 'spooktacular' displays will include. Ghostly acrobats and ghoulish clowns perhaps?
For children there is the 'Room on the Broom' trail.
We didn't follow the trail but came across one or two parts of it along the way.
It ends with brooms you can sit on and a 'selfie' spot for photographs.
The 'Pods and Picnic' area was seasonally decorated.
They looked as if they were awaiting lunchtime visitors.
4. Rivers of Grass
Piet Oudolf's creation 'Rivers of Grass' which is at the side of the formal Italian gardens is still looking good.
It blends in well and looked wonderful in the bright sunlight.
5. Other seasonal things spotted.
All for now. Have a lovely weekend and take care.