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A Hornbeam has bark like the skin of a dinosaur.
Towpath TansyClumps of dried grasses overhanging the canal are all bent downstream, which is also the direction of the prevailing wind, from the west. They look like wigs for pantomime witches.
The dried stems of Tansy are twisted into curves (perhaps they caught some overspray of Paraquat last summer?). They remind me of the Japanese inspired flower arrangements known as Ikebana. A few yards away an old weatherbeaten timber supports the banking. It has the driftwood look that flower arrangers favour.
A less elegant arrangement on the opposite bank is a 'Loch Ness Monster' made of tyres, actually an improvised horse-jump.