Spring Spectacular

16th December 2013
Winter 2012 will go down as a harsh one. It may not have been epically cold, but it was remarkably miserable. Cold and miserable and wet for week after week. This then had a knock on effect on spring, with the bloom late and lethargic to get going. However once spring finally did ‘spring’ in action, it was spectacular with everything flowing together.

The thrift was especially good. Thrift has a tendency to flower 'in sequence', giving a long period in bloom, but with a relatively short peak of colour. With the late start, the thrift all went up at once; giving the best display I have yet seen.

With the thrift in full force, I headed to my favourite spot for cliff top wildflowers at Bedruthan Steps, an area of rugged cliffs, soaring stacks and remote sandy coves near to Morgan Porth. The cliffs adjacent to the NT car park are good for wild flowers, however the best display is usually found on the opposite side of the 'steps' to the north. The walk round does not take too long, and here the thrift and kidney vetch (the yellow jobbies) covers the cliffs, with the classic view across the steps to the south.

I have photographed this view with fantastic light, and with superb flowers - but getting the two together has been more of a problem...

With the thrift at the peak of their colour, a fairly clear blue sky threatened to thwart my efforts for another year. That was until the sun set, and added some colour to a wisp of high level cloud. This resulted in some frantic footwork as I hurriedly rushed back up the cliff path to find a new vantage point more compatible with this new opportunity. Fortunately I found another patch of flowers in a promising spot, with a kaleidoscope of pink thrift and yellow kidney vetch. From here, I was not able to get all of the 'steps' into the frame, but I didn’t mind, as there were enough of the sea stacks to add interest to the background and give a taste of the location.

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