Greens and Blues at Cors Caron

Yesterday, as it was the only dry day in the midst of a very rainy period, we went for a walk at Cors Caron. Regular readers will know we have visited this lovely nature reserve many times, it’s one of my favourite places.

Our walk began with lots of greenery and fresh spring growth, like this lovely fern that was unfurling:

Unfurling Fern

We moved on to see a LOT of blue with the green. I’ve never seen Cors Caron with so much water! It’s a bog, so of course there is usually plenty of water locked away, and several large pond areas, but this was something else!

The visiting goose and duck were happy about the large amounts of water of course:

Goose

Recently this pond has been pretty low as they are working on the bog (to preserve it) and have reduced the water flow in certain areas. But yesterday it was full to the brim and the island to the right of the image looked very much thinner than normal.

Water is high at Cors Caron

Looking back on the other side of the boardwalk, this area was completely submerged! This is usually just a boggy area with no visible water.

Water is high at Cors Caron

As we continued, I saw a flicker of wings and fortunately I was able to track them to where this delicate little damselfly landed. My first damsel of the year, both in seeing one and getting a photograph of one. You might think this image only has green in it, but it kind of has both as that damselfly is a female Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), and if you look closely you might see a hint of blue in her tail. [You can click on the image below which will take you over to Flickr, you can then click on it some more to make it bigger if you want a closer look]

Azure Damselfly (f)

We decided against going down the riverside walk when we saw it was just a tad wet! I’ve seen this area being a bit soggy before, but nothing like this! I’m loving the reflections of the clouds though.

Riverside walk is not very walkable

Now, you’ll have to forgive me here, as there’s no blue and not even much green, but I have to share these! My first dragon of the year, and it was a beautifully helpful dragon too, posing calmly while I photographed it from different angles. This one is a 4-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), one of the earlier dragons too see around here.

Four-spotted Chaser
Four-spotted Chaser

The amount of water made for lovely reflections of the blue sky and clouds.

Water is high at Cors Caron

Heading back towards the car park I couldn’t resist another unfurling fern.

Unfurling fern

And through the gaps in the trees along the path we got glimpses of some horses grazing on the bog

Horses on the bog
Bog through trees

We had a lovely visit and were so lucky to have a sunny day with less wind too. There has been so much wind and rain lately, and today it’s back to raining again, so I’m very glad we went out when we did!

If you want to see a few more photos from our walk, including an unusually co-operative Orange-tip butterfly, you can see them in this Flickr album: Cors Caron 22/5/21

This (mostly) blue and green post was inspired by the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cool Colors – Blue and Green.

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...

12 comments

  1. Beautiful images, Suzy. I am thrilled to see that dragonflies and damselflies are starting to appear there–I have been blessed to enjoy similar little beauties for over a month now where I live. It is interesting to see that your eyes and mine are drawn to many of the same things, like the unfurling of the ferns in the spring.

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      1. Not everyone has an eye for the tiny details, I’ve found, but it is what I am drawn to, no matter whether I am using a telephoto lens or a macro lens. As for landscapes, I too struggle with seeing compositions.

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  2. Wonderful response Suzy – and definitely blue/green enough to more than qualify for the challenge! The bog looks beautiful and I would think especially so with all of the water. Of course your close-ups of the beautiful flying creatures are perfection!

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