Yesterday, we took the dogs (we’re dogsitting for my sister, so we have her Spaniel, Rosie, staying for the weekend) up to the Dyfnant Forest for a walk, and along the way we spotted that the larches have begun to flower.
Larch flowers are amazing. The female flowers are whorls of pink, cream and green that look like fabulous Faberge eggs, or cones of raspberry-sauce swirled icecream. The male flowers – which grow on the same tree – are more understated, small, creamy-coloured affairs. Having said that, the female flowers range in size from a half a centimetre to a massive centimetre!
Sadly, some of the trees that suffered in the gales are larches, and there were quite a few down along our walk – but because they were fallen I didn’t feel so bad about pinching a few flower-bearing twigs for photography purposes. And this afternoon, I got my extension tube out, and played around getting some macro pics of these simply lovely flowers.