A stroll through the dunes.

Yesterday I went for a short stroll along the coast. Starting from Crosby Coastguard Station I headed north through the dunes. What would I see today?

There were lots of wild flowers, mainly dandelions and daisies but there were quite a few Bluebells.

Bluebells

These were not the native British Bluebell Hyacinthiodes non-scripta , but their Spanish cousin. H. hispanica.

A little further on I saw some Common Stork’s-bill. Erodium cicutarium, with it’s lovely pink flowers.

Common Stork's-bill 2Common Stork's-bill 1

But my best fin d was a small clump of Star of Bethlehem, Orthogalum umbellatum.

Star of BethlehemStar of Bethlehem. 2

The petals are brilliant white on the inside but striped with green on the outside. It is quite rare along this part of the coast so it could possibly be a garden escapee.

I reached the Sefton Coastal Footpath and headed back to my car, pausing for a rest on my favourite bench overlooking the sea. A few minutes of peace and solitude.

My Favourite Bench

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to A stroll through the dunes.

  1. Malcolm Chester says:

    We had a walk there yesterday and we were intrigued by the large clumps of pokers. How do you think they got there? The nearest clump to the path had all the stalks cut down by someone and most of the flowers removed. Whereabouts did you spot the star of Bethlehem flowers?

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Just before the coastguard station take the path that leads alongside the golf course. After about 60 yards you will see them on your left.

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