Went to the YSP on Saturday. At lunch time I had a wander around and found this orchid which I can't identify - help please someone ... Small Copper, Common Green Grasshopper, Gatekeeper.
In the afternoon we walked up on to the ridge to the new gallery - I think Mr Goldsworthy is having a bit of a laugh .... Sheep shit snowball indeed. And hare's blood and snow - I have this vision of the hare with its back legs tethered and its throat slit, bleeding to death over the canvas; now I'm sure that didn't happen .... I usually like Andy's stuff, the photo's of the various stone dams are neat, I think they would have been fun to make and record. The chestnut leaf stems curtain is fragile and a bit of a wonder, but the cow shit window is .... Anyway there were loads of Gatekeeper on Ragwort along the ridge, there must have been 30 or so.
Such a contrast between Old Moor with its enthusiastic staff and fantastic openness, encouraging everyone to look at wildlife and all the "Keep Out" notices around the YWT reserve at the YSP - what a missed opportunity (but am I surprised?).