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Moment of enchantment -- Day 9 - Helen's journal and online home
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Moment of enchantment -- Day 9
Coity tip trail

On the way to Caerleon, as we had time to spare, we managed to fit in a short walk on these reclaimed coal tips near The Big Pit.

The sun was hot, the air was still and I heard an irregular popping sound. The sound was not very loud, but very distinct. Standing motionless, I eventually tracked it to some bushes and closer inspection revealed that it was caused by seed pods bursting. I made a short video in an attempt to capture this strange phenomenon. A bit of Googling suggests that the bush in question was common broom.

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Current Mood: enthralled amazed

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readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 9th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sky wands!
Lovely. :)

And popping broom.
Who knew?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 9th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I certainly didn't know broom did that until a few minutes ago and I found the answer in Wikipedia! :)

I knew about Himalayan Balsam because it's trying to invade our garden, but that doesn't make such an audible "pop".
steepholm From: steepholm Date: September 9th, 2012 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
How enchanting! Nature's Jiffypop.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: September 9th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so lovely!
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: September 9th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool!
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: September 10th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
The sound of those popping pods is remarkable! Like muffled gunfire--invisible fairy armies at war.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 10th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounded a little sharper when I was actually listening to it, but yes, it does sound like some sort of battle.
pennski From: pennski Date: September 10th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really enjoying these.
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