Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Late Afternoon On Back Common, Beeston Regis, Norfolk

When I first saw this small white horse it was engrossed munching away on the grass in its paddock, however as soon as it saw me curiosity got the better of it and it came ambling over to say hello.

Ok so not the prettiest fungus and yes they have seen better days, but looking them up the only species I can come close to is Cordyceps canadensis.  An unusual and distinctive parasitic fungus and uncommon in Britain. Its stem is long and thin with a kink in it and the bulbus end is conker in appearance.  It is not an edible fungus.

There are obviously some good thermals coming up the cliffs this evening as their are a couple of paragliders floating around over head, they are managing to change altitude very quickly.

Ok, not the best shot in the world, as well beyond the range of my camera lens, but in this fading light you can see how well the Green Woodpecker is camouflaged when it lands on the short grass to feed.

The Holm Oak, an evergreen oak with some smooth leaves and some holly like.  It is native to the Mediterranean but has been naturalised in the UK.

The sky has had a stormy look to it all afternoon and now that the sun is starting to go down it has a real moody look about it.  It is incredible how unseasonably mild it has been so far this autumn, brilliant for being out and about with my camera.  Here we are looking inland across the common to the village of Beeston Regis.

Coastal erosion is always in the news these days, affecting all parts of the UK, and none more so than here on the Norfolk Coast.  There are chunks missing out of the top of the cliffs, giving you an unusual view of the beach, just do not go to near to the edge!  Even on a relatively calm day you can still see the power of the tidal waves as they break along the b each, battering the wooden sea defences on the beach.

Although the sun is getting quite low in the sky now it is still determined to illuminate the darkening clouds.

To get from the coastal road at Beeston Regis across to Back Common we have to cross the railway line, here you can see the signal warning us that a train is approaching and to keep our distance.

There goes the train towards Sheringham Station where it will drop off its passengers and return back along this stretch of line to West Runton.

Beeston Regis's All Saints Church bathed in later afternoon light as stands proudly on the coast looking out to sea.

There are still one or two flowers about for insects to enjoy.

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