Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Gallows Hill

We spent Saturday afternoon walking around Gallows Hill in Otley until it got too muddy to keep going! The trees and bushes were laden with berries though we hardly saw any birds around taking advantage.

In fact we only saw the odd Woodpigeon and a lbj in the trees, which from this photo is most likely to be a Chiffchaff. Unfortunately it wasn't singing to no help there.

We got caught in a couple of rain showers, even though the sun was shining across the river. It produced this Rainbow just over the water, which my little one spotted. All the rain meant the river was pretty full and very fast flowing, we watched some ducks struggling against the current a while before they finally gave in and went with the flow.

A few of these strange looking plants were dotted about under the trees, I don't recall seeing anything like this before, any ideas?

This was the only fungus we saw and I had to pretty much sit in the mud to get a photo but I liked how it looked (I know who thought i'd get excited about fungus!).

Just to finish off with a few other shots from the day.


  1. Hi Pam, a very nice way to spend Saturday afternoon, a shame about the mud and showers though!

    Your mystery plant is an Arum commonly known as Lords and Ladies or Cuckoo-Pint among other names. The fungus (a very nice photo!) is a type of Bracket Fungus, not sure which though.

  2. Hi, thanks for the info, I did see these at Bolton Abbey just not with the berries, I didn't realise it was the same plant! We didn't mind the showers we came prepared and it was great to see the hidden away rainbow! :-)