The buds are unfurling, Spring has arrived!! I took a nice long walk through Battersea Park along the Thames River in London yesterday and it was glorious to see all the signs of life amid the muddy puddles and brown leaves of winter.
|Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)|
|A Judas Ear fungus (Auricularia Auricula-judae), which despite it's gelatinous texture is actually edible and quite popular in dishes in China. Boy do I like eating crazy things outdoors, and I wouldn't mind taking a nibble, but this is not a texture I want to eat regularly.|
Allium ursinum), smells amazing when it's growing in the forest! I remember the first time I smelled a field of wild garlic growing beneath the beech trees in a Swiss forest and was just carried away with the amazing smell that reminded me of dinner. It's edible too!!
|Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)|
|Blackthorn blossoms and the first leaf buds popping|
|Blackthorn tree. See all the white snowflake-like blooms?|
|Oak buds (Quercus sp.)|
And let's not forget, spring is also mating season. The birds are wide awake and beginning to pair, squawk, grow fancy plummage, and court their potential mates. This Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) was friskily checking out the dock.
Magpie (whose scientific name is aptly Pica pica) picks and dances it's way along the puddles in the park looking for worms.
|Gorse (Ulex europaeus)|