I set off via Banbury Lane, pausing only to photograph a Spurge-laurel in full flower.
|Spurge-laurel, Daphne laureola.|
Byfield, 18 February, 2014
Easily overlooked, the small. fragrant flowers merit closer examination,
Yesterday I more or less vowed not to photograph any lichens, so here are a couple (yes, I know it should be here is a couple, but) ...
|Pannaria rubiginosa on the trunk of an ash tree.|
Nr Byfield, 18 February, 2014
On the trunk of an ash tree was an attractive patch of Pannaria rubiginosa. This is a very widespread species, found all over the world except Australasia and Antarctica, so it doesn't count as a sensational find.
|Evernia prunastri on an oak branch nr Byfield.|
18 February, 2014
... and Evernia prunastri, already featured in previous blogs and therefore meriting no further comment.
Snowdrops were abundant in places and, given an hour or two of sunshine, may get some visitors in the shape of honey bees.
But rather more interesting, as I approach Byfield, was a considerable patch of Lungwort.