Everything was calm at Skilpad nature reserve, until we noticed advancing colours –
And soon it was another riot of colour . . .
To be honest it was mostly orange. A riot of orange . . .
This dominance by a single species is a result of the land having been disturbed by agriculture in the past. These orange Ursinias are pioneering species and will dominate the spring landscape for a while as the ecology recovers and diversifies.
Nonetheless the sight of a brilliant living, orange carpet stretching into the distant hills is breathtaking.
And seeing a herd of Hartebees resting in comfort of the flowers was a bonus . . .