Sunday 7 July 2019

A few Fleeting moments

And so to Week 2... in the cottage we had not visited before.

It was a revelation, a real home from home, just not in a way I was at all expecting. But more of that another time.

Here's the view across the garden, down to Loch Fleet. A turn around the garden produced a Painted Lady butterfly, and then we settled down to unpack.

Later in the evening, as the tide went out, we took a walk down to the loch and along the shore to the coast. Seals and Shags (though they could've been Cormorants), made an interesting silhouette on a sand bar.

We discovered a huge beached jellyfish below the strand line...

and countless fragile shells of echinoids.

As we walked back to the cottage, the setting sun cast a few last rays on the underside of the clouds, and our nightly routine was once more accompanied by the sound of Oystercatchers and Curlews. 

Happy sigh.


Martin said...

Obligatory jellyfish comment: Lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), common in cooler waters around the UK and northern Europe. They often strand in groups, so I'd expect to see others locally. The bell/umbrella of the jellyfish is the orange central 'foot-sized' section with scalloped edges (and can grow to 3'+ in diameter). The purple mass of hair around the bell are all the tentacles, which can extend many metres behind the jellyfish itself in a web of stinging cells for catching prey. The white sections may be a breakdown of the underside of the jellyfish or a release of gametes. In bell itself can be seen rings of muscles for swimming, while each 'point' contains gravity sensors so the jellyfish knows which way is up.

Very pretty :)

Imperfect and Tense said...

Oh, I think we always appreciate an obligatory jellyfish comment, Martin!