FRITILLARY

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

An en­tire field of gar­net blooms nods along in the spring breeze, each pos­ing el­e­gantly yet also poised like a ser­pent bent on strik­ing. Wel­come to a Snake’s Head Fritillary meadow. On ‘Fritillary Sun­day’, an an­nual event in mid-april, pri­vate grass­lands are opened for the pub­lic to ad­mire the spec­ta­cle. Rel­ish the col­lec­tive, as fluc­tu­at­ing light changes the in­ten­sity of the flow­ers’ colour – from bur­gundy to pur­ple, and from ivory to sil­ver. Then in­spect an in­di­vid­ual plant, its thrust­ing ar­chi­tec­tural leaves bal­anc­ing the droop­ing, snake­skin-check­ered flow­er­head.

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