Friday, June 13, 2008
The beauty of Dutch 'veen'
How can anything so beautiful be referred to as common? And yet this plant is called Common cotton grass. Each year one of the things I enjoy seeing on our drive to Cranberry Cottage is this little plant that sticks up above other grasses to show off its cotton top in a peat bog near the cottage.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and have a really good look at our counrtyside.
We took a drive to buy some potatoes at a farm and drove through a very large protected peat bog which I thought might be great photos to share with you. The north of Holland is known for its bog land or 'veen' which contains very unique wildlife. The cotton grass is just magical to see waving around in the wind between all the water reed.
This particular bog has one road that leads through it for access for nature tourist to experience it. It is a tiny road but we were able to stop and get out to snap a few pictures.
It is so quiet and peaceful here that the sound of bullfrogs croaking out their love calls to their mates is actually loud. It is a comical thing to hear. There were also ducks everywhere and huge dragonflies dancing around each other like they were part of a ballet company.
This just shows another reason why Jos and I love being up north with all its amazing beauty of the countryside. I wish you all a wonderful weekend and maybe you can take time to venture out and see some of the beautiful countryside where you live. The seasons do pass so quickly that it would be a shame to miss any of it!