Red furry roses

by Brian Scott August. 30, 2020 233 views

Yesterday, August 29th, was a gloriously beautiful day here in S. Wales so, we planned a walk and set off down past Penrhos Cutting, heading for our favourite loop walk on two old rail tracks but, it's a bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining.

We carry / wear our masks, when we're out n about in the general public but, when its just so busy with cyclists, runners and other people out, very few of whom care about any virus, we find it a bit stressful and that's not the point of the walk.

We made it down to the first bridge, where we could cut off the main trail and cross over the road into Nantgarw. There's a trail on the map, another abandoned railway, which will lead to Pontypridd, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil eventually but off it, is a trail leading up to Groeswen. So, that's where we headed.

A new walk for us but, yet again, the main trail was way too busy for us so, as we'd kind of planned, we cut off that trail and headed up the hillside.

Up, is the operative word here. A good steep gully walk later and we emerged out on old slag heaps, long buried by nature.

Now we had a trail where we met only a horse rider and four guys on trail bikes. Bliss.

It was now scorching hot, (relatively folks) and not a soul around. That's when Jo spotted the red furry thing on a wild rose bush. Neither of us think we'd ever seen them before, so, a few phone phots, camera shots and Google Lens, we'd discovered what they were.

Rose bedeguar gall.

Rose bedeguar gall.

Diplolepsis Rosae

Diplolepis rosae is a gall wasp which causes a gall known as the rose bedeguar gall, Robin's pincushion, mossy rose gall, or simply moss gall.

As we walked on, we came across several more of these galls, all on wild roses and all different. Fascinating, if you like that sort of thing :)

Ornate rose gall.

Ornate rose gall.

Green rose gall.

Green rose gall.

Rose gall with bright rose hip in the background.

Rose gall with bright rose hip in the background.

Rose gall high up.

Rose gall high up.

We spent a while more, viewing and admiring these strange creations before heading UP, again and eventually on to the White Cross Inn in Groeswen, where we enjoyed a sample of good local brewed Pale Ale and Cider.

I must add, it was SO refreshing to find a REAL pub and not one of these watered down chain things, masquerading as a pub.

Cheers.

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