It was a warm, slightly misty late summer afternoon when I took my camera for a walk. I was quite pleased with the photographs I took although the flowers were slightly past their best.
Hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum) is a common and widespread wild flower. Apparently, it received its name because it was once believed that hawks improved their eyesight by eating the milky juice it contained. Perhaps I should try it so I can do without the awkward glasses my defective eyesight insists I wear – on second thoughts, perhaps not!
Michaelmas daisies belong to the genus aster, and are so called because they flower around Michaelmas (September 29th). I was surprised to find them growing wild as I thought they were garden plants. I was also surprised to find they had flowered some time ago and were past their best; the ones in our garden are just budding and preparing to open at the "correct time". It seem, however, there are many different species and subspecies which are difficult to tell apart. They are not native to the UK but have been introduced here mainly from North America.
I should regard the Martland Mill industrial estate an eyesore, but for some reason I quite enjoy seeing and photographing it, especially when the light is behind it.
I haven't had much luck with monochrome pictures, but I thought this one was quite effective and suited the subject.